How to keep making progress in your fitness during the holidays

The holidays mean we’re going to be seeing family, surrounded by good food and right around the corner is new years.

I have had many conversations lately with people frustrated. That this year has kicked their butt with stress and the motivation is not in the same spot as it was. It can be frustrating to not be nailing all the goals you had and feel as if you are failing or going to fail.

There are a few adjustments you can make to have a different holiday. It starts with a change in perspective. If we’re coming from a place of discouragement odds are we will look at everything through that lens. The glass will be half empty.

Don't worry, there are some things you can adjust to help you during the holidays. BUT I encourage you to check your heart. Have a conversation with a friend about what you're going through. They may have a different point of view that they can share with you.

I'm not telling you to justify excuses but maybe you're not doing as poorly as you think.

The first thing you can do is change your focus from weight loss to maintaining. It is so important for you to focus on periods of maintenance. Thats often why people hit a plateau and stay there. You can check out this video for details on what a reverse / maintenance looks like.

But, again, it is so important for you to have periods of increasing what you're eating in order for you to get those specific results. So why not use the extra holiday calories to your benefit!?

Spend the holidays enjoying your family and making memories. Not stressing about eating too much or not enough. Or stressing getting to the gym every day or getting your cardio in. Instead for the next few months your goal can be to get to the gym twice a week or start incorporating home workouts.

It's very important to have a goal and have practical steps to get there. But it can be different than what you’ve always done, don't be afraid to simplify those goals. By changing that it will allow you to hit the goals and feel better about yourself and enjoy the holidays more.

Instead of trying to form 10 new habits, focus on falling back on the ones you have already set. For example you want to get a handle on your diet and are pretty good about getting a lot of water in. For now let's nail down getting in enough water and we can give more attention to the diet after the holiday craze. This will help you master the habit you already have and then we can build on that.

You may also want to start getting to the gym but you're finding it hard to get there. But you have been walking consistently for weeks now. That is awesome! Stick to that. Walk for an extra 10 minutes or an additional day and nail that habit! Now could be the time to master the habits you already have rather than trying to stack on a bunch of new ones.

Start with one new habit. If you are very overwhelmed and feel motivated to take care of yourself because you haven't been. Start with one new habit and focus on getting 1 % better everyday at that one thing. Rather than tryin to start 10 new habits while juggling holiday commitments.

It could be that the past few months you haven't been taking care of yourself. At this point it's catching up to you and you’ve had enough. So you want to jump all in and make a change.

Along with shifting your focus from weight loss to maintenance, let's take our millions of new things we want to put in place and narrow it down. Maybe you want to start making more nutritious options for your family AND not eat any sweets. Now these in itself can be very big goals but rather than having both of those let's start with one.

And If you haven’t been doing any exercise and want to start going to the gym 5 days a week. That's a great goal but start with 2 days and then if we’re feeling good with that and hitting that goal then add more.

Its so important to be present with our family and friends during these holidays. Time is precious. But these are some things you can do now to start taking care of yourself or improve what you're already doing.

If you need further brainstorming don't hesitate to message me on Instagram (@maria-slager-imperato). Or book a call and we can chat about it further.

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