It’s the most, wonderful time – of the year. But wait! I’ve worked so hard over the past few months with going to the gym an eating healthy, I don’t want to lose everything I worked for! Is it possible to stay on track during the holidays with all the delicious baking mom did? The answer is yes. Although most of the time people set some unrealistic goals for themselves over the holidays, therefore setting themselves up for some disappointments early on. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to set aside a few rules you can abide by that you can ACTUALLY stick with, and are realistic. If you tell yourself you’re going to only eat 1500 calories each day of nothing but chicken and vegetables and you’ve never counted macro nutrients before, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Attainable goals start with something that you can easily do, while at the same time, pose a little but of a challenge. One simple thing I like to keep in mind especially for the main courses of food you’re eating is to try and fill your plate with as much meat and veggies the first go round. It’s much better to get your fill on the good stuff and therefore limiting all the stuff you’re trying to stay away from. Indulging is fine! It’s the holidays and it’s going to happen, and you’d be kidding yourself if you said you weren’t going to. This way just lets you limit yourself instead of having a free for all at the dessert table.

Don’t have time to hit the gym? No equipment? No worries. Spending time with family and friends is important this time of the year, so going to the gym may not be the first thing on your list come Christmas time. If the gym isn’t an option but you still want to stay active, get out there and take the dog for walk! Take the kids sledding for a a bit, just get outside and move. If you still want to get a quick workout in at home but have no equipment you can do some pretty simple body weight workouts for a few minutes. I like to do intervals with 20 seconds of work, then 10 seconds of rest for about 8-10 minutes and continuously switch up the movement I’m doing. You’ll get a sweat going pretty quick!

Just remember – make a list of a few things you’d like to stick to that are attainable. There’s going to be some sweets and junk food and that’s fine, find some unique ways to limit the intake and keep in mind that you don’t have to be in the gym to stay active. Happy Holidays!!!