Staying on Track During the Holidays – Part 1 – Busyiness

This season is arguably the busiest of the year. Duh. But, how does that affect your weight? Easy. You can be “too busy” to workout. Most people feel “too busy” to eat healthy. At times, everyone can be “too busy” to even care about all of that. And it’s something that happens slowly. It’s a missed workout here…a fast food dinner there…and before you know it, your pants are tight and you decide to start working out and eating healthy again on January 1st. Or 2nd. Don’t do that. We’ll talk about what to do instead.

It’s all about PLANNING. If you fail to plan, go ahead and plan to fail. What does this look like regarding your health? Like everything else, it’s two fold regarding working out and managing your diet. Let’s discuss working out, first.

Planning Your Workout

Add your workouts to your calendar like you would an appointment with the CEO of your life (you). Would you skip that meeting in your professional life? No! Don’t skip your workout. Sure, it may be an hour out of the day…but you’ll be more energized and productive outside of the gym if you get TO the gym.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “I can’t even spare the time it takes to drive to and from the gym right now.” No problem. (But, add it to your calendar all the same!) The internet is oozing with at-home or travel workouts that are simple, easy to understand, and body-weight based. Take your pick! Pinterest is a treasure trove. Not sure if you’re doing the right kind of workout? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my heart rate up for at least 30 minutes?
  • Am I increasing my oxygen consumption? (Am I breathing hard?)
  • Did I raise my core body temperature? (Am I sweating?)
  • Am I doing a strength exercise? (Ex: pushups, squats, lunges, plank)

Sample Workouts

Here are 3 sample workouts that I’ve provided to my clients when they are unable to get to the gym.

P.S…if you’re thinking 30 minutes is too big of a chunk out of your morning or evening routine, consider splitting up your workout into pieces! You can do 15 minutes, twice a day, or 10 minutes, three times a day.

Meal Planning

Plan your meals. Take an hour over the weekend to plan your meals out for the next week – including those holiday parties or cheat days. If you have a plan for what you are putting into your body, your more likely to stay on track and work towards those “off” periods versus just letting yourself go crazy.

Consider using either a paper or digital meal planner. There are several apps out there that provide meal plans and grocery lists based on your preferences, like PlateJoy. If you’re more of a paper-planner, there are whole product lines built around staying organized with meals (and workouts). The Happy Planner is a popular choice – and super fun! Want something simple? Download this simple sheet I put together.

If you’re concerned about the time it takes to actually go to the store, try grocery pick-up! Large box store chains offer this service and it is all the rage! Order online, pick up in the parking lot. Plus, you don’t even have to leave your heated seat during the cold winter months since they bring it right out to your car! #gamechanger (PlateJoy also has an optional grocery delivery service.)

Meal Delivery Services

Afraid that you won’t have the time to cook the meals even if you get the groceries? You are not alone. That’s why there are meal prep services popping up all over the place!!! You can choose from conveniently packaged ready-to-cook meals like the ones from Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Or, go all the way with ready-to-eat meals from a service like Freshly OR a local company in your area. They are just a Google search away! And most are reasonably priced, especially when you consider all of the time (and calories) you’ll save!

Being busy and having too much on my plate (figuratively, not literally; that’s for another time) is one of my biggest challenge in staying on track with my health and wellness – and I own a gym! But I also have 3 kids, manage a home, and a small business. So I get it. It’s not always easy to plan ahead. It’s even harder at times to stick to the plan. And you may not always stick to the plan…you’re human. However, if you at least make that plan, you’re giving yourself a fighting chance. And that’s the goal!

So go on. Be busy. I’m not going to make this about learning how to say “no” to certain obligations. There are enough blog posts out there about that. Enjoy the heck out of your holiday season. Be busy. But make a plan to continue to fight for your fitness goals throughout the holiday season and into the New Year!

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