November 19, 2013

Sticking to Goals during the Holiday Season

Well hello. I was home visiting family this weekend so I pretty much was disconnected and only checked social media on my phone a few times. It's nice to not have my laptop sitting right next to me and my phone constantly near me. I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday and will be recapping that tomorrow ::spoiler alert::-it went well!

 It was an indulgent weekend with lots of carbs and delicious breakfasts like challah bread french toast and a Boston creme breakfast casserole (topped with nutella!).

I definitely needed my morning tea with lemon and ACV today. I will probably make a smoothie for a snack and be sure to get plenty of veggies with dinner. This weekend was a good reminder of how crazy it's going to be during the holiday season with travelling, visiting family, and lots of food. It reminded me to make a list of some things I need to bring to my parents house when I'm visiting over Thanksgiving and Christmas (almond milk, nut butter, and some protein bars!), but also how to balance health and fun because let's be honest-I'm NEVER turning down a big bowl of my mom's homemade gravy and meatballs with spaghetti for dinner.

Having a plan and sticking to goals is a great way to stay healthy during the holidays. My routine for sleep and exercise was better last week, and I plan to keep that going. I did however, drop the ball on some of my November goals-including the pushup/squat/plank challenge. I have decided that since it's hard for me to stick to a set plan-I'm going to try to just do the plank part of the challenge for thirty days. After that maybe I can add a couple other moves into the mix.

 Starting small is easier and gives you a place to build from! I have been drinking more water and trying a new recipe each week. I think I'm going to FINALLY cash in my yoga Groupon before it expires and actually try to do yoga once a week. That's more for my mind than body.  I didn't workout yesterday like I had planned and instead got some much-needed sleep. Being flexible with your schedule and resting is very important during the holidays,especially when travelling. Don't be afraid to break your routine or squeeze in a 20 minute workout video on Youtube instead of that fitness class you usually take at your home gym.

Here's some motivation for you this Tuesday because I know I need it as we begin to enter the busy holiday season.  To recap how I'm sticking to my goals this week:

1. Drink more water. Seriously, just do it.
2. Don't sweat the small stuff (that includes food, schedules, etc.). 
3. Make time for yourself (do yoga, read a book, etc.)
4. Break goals into parts to make them more manageable.
5. Be flexible. 
6. Switch up your exercise routine!

As most studies show, having a friend or people who support your goals and can help keep you accountable is one of the best ways to stick to your plan.  There is a great challenge that Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean has been running for a couple of seasons that pairs you up with a buddy to support their holiday health goals and help you take part in the Elf for Health daily challenges. Sign up here today-it's free, fun, and there are a few prizes you can win!

Also don't forget that you have until Sunday to enter my Truebar giveaway with THREE winners here!

How do you stay motivated during the holidays?


  1. For me, the holidays are normally when I say, "WHATEVER!" I don't like exercising in the cold, I'm always busy shopping and preparing and blah blah blah. You know. :) But then it always takes me forever to get going again in January, so this year I'm going to try to keep up most of my healthy habits--gym, water--while relaxing on the eating front.Thanks for the great reminder to not give up! ;)

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  2. Hi Lauren! Those are great tips. I think its important to not stress about your fitness goals over the holidays and I think these tips are right in line with that philosophy! xo Tara