I remember surviving December last year.
The kids’ teachers had just about given up trying to teach anything constructive before vacation.
The dog got into a whole batch of cookie dough (presumably left high enough on the counter to be out of reach) and needed to be rushed to the vet.
The relatives who were supposed to be coming for Christmas dinner were starting to argue about who would bring what to eat.
Somehow I managed to keep my cool.
And people are often surprised to know that during a stressful time like this – even I have to remind myself to stay disciplined with my workout routine.
I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t get to work out, I get grumpy. Really grumpy. Considering all the other stuff going on, I figured I’d better make sure I fit it in.
So here are some of my strategies for “fitting fitness in”, even during the busiest times of the year.
Evaluate your fitness goals. What is absolutely necessary...
It's such a challenge. At the very time of year when you want to look and feel your best, you are confronted with more food choices than the rest of the year combined.
Depending on where you are in the world, your calorie intake might be a little different, but this is still a pretty good reference point. According to the Calorie Control Council, a typical holiday dinner can include 3,000 calories. If you include appetizers and drinks, it’s very likely around 4,500 calories in one day.
So how do you enjoy the celebrations during the holidays, without feeling like you are depriving yourself of some of your favorite comfort foods?
And how do you deal with the social pressure of not disappointing Aunt Mabel or your mother-in-law, when they keep trying to get you to eat food you normally avoid?
The easiest thing to do is to manage your food intake all the rest of the month, AND make sure you do the other things you know will give you energy and help you feel good.
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