The festive season is in full swing…
and whilst its perhaps not quite the same as other years, the temptations of the festive season are still there, and there’s probably more of that inclination to think ‘Blow it, I am going to enjoy myself, it’s Christmas!’. And, if that is what you want to do, then do it!! Do what makes you happy. Relax, eat what you want, drink what you want and enjoy every single morsel!!
If however, you do want to keep a grip on things over the festive period, we have pulled together some tips to help you stay on track, or maybe just not go completely off the rails!
Top tips for staying on track in December …
- Think ahead! Plan each week in advance, then you can plan for what might throw you off track. Where are you going? What can you eat when you are there? Are you planning on over indulging? If so, do you need to rein it in a few days before and after? Do you need to download the weekender plan to manage your calories in the days surrounding it?
- Plan your exercise properly! When are you specifically going to do it and is there a friend to do it with? Make a date with them, and don’t let each other down. You might need to change your usual routine slightly, but don’t give up on it altogether.
- If you can’t get to your usual Be Strong class, log into your account – weigh at home and enter your weight in your weight tracker, do a HIIT session from one of our on-line workouts, read one of the weekly articles. This will keep your motivation and focus up – and it is all included with your membership.
- If you feel like you are struggling and need some support, log into the discussion forum and ask for help or get some support from the facebook group by interacting with other members.
- Parties will most likely be few and far between, but if you are planning little parties at home, make sure you are properly hydrated, to help keep control over the buffet eating, and it will also minise your hangover, if you have a few drinks.
- If you know you will be having a big meal one night, go really light on your meals for the rest of the day – or even use the 5pm plan so you can make sure you are really in control.
- Delay doing the big Christmas food shop until you really need to and don’t go mad. If you intend on having a box of chocolates in the house for Christmas Day – don’t buy it two weeks before, because you will be back 3 or 4 times to replace it before Christmas.
- Do you really need a starter, roast dinner, Christmas pudding, cheese board and pate, followed by mince pies and cream on Christmas Day? Or will just the standard 2 or 3 courses do?
- If you really want to try something, share it with a friend or your partner – calories shared are calories halved!
- Most importantly don’t let a set-back knock you off track for ever. Get up fast! – dust yourself down and just get on with it again. It’s not the end of the world – it’s called life, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it – enjoy the moment and then rein it in again.
If you are interested in making some festive swaps and trying a bit of damage limitation over Christmas and New Year, check out our Christmas Calories Infographic below!
Enjoy the Christmas period by caring for yourself, as you have cared for yourself all year. You can still have fun, but accept that it might show on the scales. It’s OK to put a few pounds on over the Christmas period, that’s real life, it’s totally normal, but if you really want to minimise the damage, follow our tips above for a fabulous festive season!