How Do You Push Through Adversity?

Many people, especially around the holidays, end up sacrificing their fitness goals in time of family, presents, holiday parties, lots of food, office parties, and travel.  It is SO important to make sure you take the proper precautions to avoid getting off track.  Here are some tips you can follow to help you make it through the holidays without feeling defeated. 

1. Keep up your fitness regimen!  

For those of you with a trainer, keep on going!  There is nothing better then having a trainer who will push you through the holidays and keep you motivated while facing holiday cookies and family drama. 

2. Enjoy the treats, but in moderation.  

I know it's the holidays and there are some unbelievable treats being made out there.  I'm not saying don't sample, but do not eat until you feel like you are going to explode.  If you keep working out and you watch the portions, there is no reason why you can't try a little gingerbread cookie or a slice of pie. 

3. Watch the egg nog.

Ok, I am a little biased because I have never been a huge egg nog fan, but this calorie laden treat should be avoided.  You are much better off having some extra turkey or veggies with dinner. 

4. Do not go without breakfast! 

During the holidays the workplace can be filled with candies, cookies, pies, cakes, and other sugar filled treats.  Your best bet to help avoid these is to have a filling breakfast before you even enter the Land of Sweets!  By eating breakfast, it will help keep you fuller longer until your next meal or snack.  It will also get your metabolism moving in the morning and help you keep busy to avoid unwanted snacking.  Be sure to also pack some healthy snacks for work so you don't default to the cookie tray when hungry.

5. Try to walk after your holiday meal. 

There is going to be a table filled with all kinds of treats and chances are you will want to sample most.  My advice after you finish your meal, go for a walk.  This will not only kick your body's furnace into gear, but will also help you digest and avoid feelings of lethargy and being stuffed.  Plus, who can't benefit from the extra calories you'll burn.  It will make that sugar cookie seem not so bad. 

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