Keeping Yourself Motivated During The Holidays
The struggle begins: December is almost here. It’s crazy how even the gym is empty starting November, it seems people stop caring around October just because the holidays are approaching. It’s not an excuse, but there are a lot of temptations around this time of the year. I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard for me too and it’s completely normal. The amount of food we don’t have around year round that’s around during these months is definitely my favorite.
Starting off with Thanksgiving….YAMS!! My true obsession. I think I might have had half the tray. The combination of yams with marshmallows is my weakness. How to not give in?
Don’t run yourself down for overeating on Thanksgiving or any other day during this season. We tend to feel guilty after doing so (I mean…. Half a tray… really? ) and we just end up putting more stress on our bodies. If you eat something, be happy that you did. That is all.
Lots of Holiday parties are coming our way so we just need to have some self–control, and most importantly… continue to work out. I know we start feeling lazier around this time just because…. But it’s no excuse. You’ve been good year round, you’ve probably reached more goals than you thought you would this year…and now the holiday season comes around and you’re gonna start slacking? KEEP YOUR GOALS IN MIND. It helps me everyday.
Yes I want to eat all the cookies and pies that are in front of me, but what’s going to happen to everything I’ve worked so hard for this year? If you keep those thoughts in your head, every time you have temptations, go back to them and think: Is this really worth it? I’m not saying don’t eat anything or work out Monday through Sunday… that’s not going to happen. We’re all busy around this time. But do try to control yourself, try to eat healthy during the week, and try to exercise as well.
SET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. Don’t go to a holiday party on a Tuesday before you’ve worked out, or work out in the morning so you have the afternoon free and don’t have to worry about it anymore. I always talk about priorities because if you set them straight, the gym will always be one of them. I personally don’t do anything until I’ve gotten my workout done because then I’ll feel guilty if I don’t. There’s always time for even a half an hour workout, being lazy isn’t an excuse, having a party isn’t an excuse. Like I said before, if you keep your goals in mind and what you’ve accomplished all year… you’ll have more self control and will have more willpower to continue doing what you’ve done all year. As for me, I continue to do my workouts, treat myself here and there with the things I love (we need to live our lives, don’t keep yourself from doing or eating things you love just to be skinny or fit. Do what makes you happy) Exercising makes me happy so I continue to do it everyday and then if I want to eat a cookie at least I know I worked out. J I’m all about having a balance in life. Go to parties, drink and eat if you want but make sure you compliment the bad habits with the good ones. As long as you’re good to your body 90% of the time, it will thank you.