Do any of these post-holiday feelings sound familiar to you?
You’re feeling tired, lethargic, and sluggish.
You opt for leggings or sweats whenever possible because your pants are feeling anything but comfortable.
You’re feeling guilt or regret about your holiday indulgences (cookies, eggnog, ALL the meat and cheese).
Your motivation is at an all-time low.
If you answered yes to any of the above statements, you’re not alone. During the holiday season, you’re more likely to slack off in terms of your health and fitness routine because of busy schedules and social engagements (think less workouts, not making the best food choices, a few too many adult beverages, and not clocking enough hours of sleep). Many people think that it’s going to be super easy to just bounce right back to their old routine, but unfortunately, it’s one of those things that’s almost always easier said than done.
So the holidays are over and the New Year is here – now what? Check out my top tips below for getting back on the bandwagon and you'll be back into the swing of things in no time.
Stop feeling guilty.
If your holiday was anything like mine, you enjoyed yourself. You got to see family from out of town whom you haven’t seen since last Christmas. You got to spend extra time with your significant other because you both had time off from work. Your grandma made your favorite holiday foods and you wanted to enjoy them.
Remember that your life isn't solely about getting fit and achieving your dream body. Which would you prefer more: having that perfect beach body under your ugly Christmas sweater or celebrating your nephew’s first Christmas surrounded by family?
If you're anything like me, you skimped on your wellness routine because your priorities shifted (and that’s okay!). So stop beating yourself up about it. Today is a new day. Give yourself some grace and get back on the wagon.
If you set the bar too high right out of the gate, you’re more likely to feel discouraged 3-4 weeks in if you haven’t reached your goals. Instead, be realistic about your goals and tweak them to ensure that they’re achievable. For example, when it comes to weight loss, targeting for a size zero is likely unrealistic, but shooting for a one pound loss in a span of a week seems to be more achievable.
Don't expect yourself to automatically jump right back into to your old routine because your body won't be able to handle it, and you'll end up getting more frustrated than feeling good.
Seek outside accountability.
When it comes to working out, most of us know what we need to do, but we tend to get lost when it comes to the actual doing. My recommendation? Get an accountability partner. Whether it’s a workout partner or a personal trainer, find someone that will hold you accountable. Having someone that is expecting you to show up will not only help you stick to a consistent fitness routine, but it will also help you reach your goals.
Make healthy choices.
Holiday indulgences can leave you feeling out of shape and worse for wear in the nutrition department. Aim to return to eating healthy food by making healthier choices at your next meal. Fill your plate with ¼ protein, ¼ carbs (think good carbs – sweet potatoes and brown rice are great options), and ½ veggies (the greener the better!) and DON’T SKIMP on your water intake. Aim to drink AT LEAST half of your body weight in ounces every day.
The food choices you made over the holidays are over and done with so leave them in the past. Start making healthier choices at your next meal and take it one meal at a time.
Find something you enjoy.
Working out should never feel like a chore or a punishment. In order to stay motivated and stick with healthy habits, it’s important to find something that you enjoy. Some people enjoy running, others enjoy weight lifting or fitness classes. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that it’s something that you enjoy and look forward to doing each week.