The holidays themselves pose a lot of problems for those on a weight loss journey. Being a teacher this time of year serves even more difficulty. My department had a luncheon last week, we have school-wide gatherings next week, and then the students will start to give treats to their teachers before they leave for the break. I have come up with a few strategies for myself to implement this year…
Keep on Movin’
I am doing the Kelsey Byers’ Merry Fitness Challenge until December 24th. My goal is to not miss a workout for the entire challenge, and then find another program to start December 26th. I have found in the past that if I splurge, I will just write the day off and keep eating and stop exercising. Even if I have a few extra treats, I still need to workout in the way that I set out to do. I used to be of the mindset that if I messed up, I would just give up until the next week. I’m not sure what I was thinking, because when you really think about it logically it makes absolutely no sense!
When I indulge, I usually choose foods that are bready, fruity, chocolatey or cheesy. This skyrockets my fat and sugar intake. In order to combat this, I need to meal prep all of my meals outside of the parties. These meals need to provide sufficient protein and more veggies. My goal is to offset some of the holiday treats and not derail myself from any progress I have made.
Treat Yo’ Self
It is inevitable to avoid ALL treats (at least for me). So, I will make a plan on how and when I will indulge. I may allow myself one dessert, or eat whatever I want on one plate without seconds. When I eat something sugary I rarely can just eat one serving, so I really have to watch myself. Even when an unplanned goody comes across my desk, I need to stop and think about how I can include it. The goal is to avoid mindless eating!
Stick To It
All of the above strategies will work for me, but only if I stick to them! Planning is key, but following through with those plans is what creates real change. A way that I can help myself stick with a plan is by telling someone else. This creates accountability, knowing that if I tell my husband then I can prove it to more than just myself.
What strategies do you use to keep yourself in check?