The holiday season seems like a never ending stream of social engagements, parties, shin digs, and nights out with friends. The repetitive socializing around food and drink can raise concern for someone who has a fitness goal in mind. The fear of over-eating, a fitness set back, or gaining weight is often at the root of why someone may not enjoy themselves, or not attend altogether. We know that consistently making the right choices will breed the best results, but there are misconceptions that one bad meal or one bad day will ruin any progress. Luckily, there are a couple of helpful strategies to help keep sane and smiling through the holiday parties.
- One bad meal does NOT throw progress into a downward spiral. If you get a flat tire, do you panic and slash the rest of them? No, you replace that one bad moment and keep the journey going.
- Emotional and mental health is still health. If a fitness journey cuts into being able to enjoy time with family, friends, or oneself, then the fitness goal needs to be adjusted.
- Allowing for small breaks in a pattern of eating will leave space to have a treat without feeling the need to binge and “fall off the wagon.” One cookie at a party carries a lot less guilt than having 10 cookies at 3AM on a Tuesday.
Let’s worry less about what we’re eating between Christmas and New Year’s, when what matters is what we eat between New Year’s and Christmas. Sticking with good habits year-round allows for a healthy balance when the holidays come around.