Thanksgiving was great! I’m sure we all had an amazing time stuffing our faces with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet yams, pumpkin pie and a little bitty bite of green beans. Not to mention a few sips of wine were also part of the menu. All the tryptophan you ate, induced the best sleep ever!
But, you woke up this morning and started calorie calculating what you ate and drank. No excuses can even come close to justifying what you consumed. You are filled with guilt, freaking out and feeling fatter than ever.
It’s ok… I need you to breathe and Relax… Take this negative event and transform it in to a positive one. Acknowledge your actions and take charge so you can avoid this scenario at the upcoming Christmas feast.
Now, let’s get you back on your fitness track!
Relax. The more stress you inflict upon yourself, the more cortisol your body will produce. As we all know, high levels of cortisol in the body can cause weight gain. Stress can also lead to overeating so chill out! Try some yoga poses and release your stress. Click here and view relaxing yoga poses that you can do at the comfort of your own home.
Get a journal. If you haven’t been keeping track of your food and fitness activities, then this is the time to start. Click here and read how keeping a journal can double your weight loss.
Set a goal. Write down your goals. Are you looking to slim down, tone or bulk up muscle? Write down what you need to do to achieve your desired goals..
Plan your meals. Figure out your caloric needs and fill your menu with healthy foods such as fibrous veggies, whole grains, lean meats and low fat dairy. Plan to eat 5-6 small meals instead of what you ate for Thanksgiving. Click here for more examples.
Burn some calories. It’s time to re-evaluate your fitness routine and start tweeking it. If you need to lose a few pounds then add more cardio to your routine and if you need to bulk up, then start pumping iron.
Stay motivated. If you don’t have a gym buddy, go scout one. If you haven’t cut out a picture of your goal, then get a fitness magazine and choose a realistic one to keep in your journal. If you haven’t used your FREE consultation at the gym, it’s finally time to have a little talk with a personal trainer. You can always leave a comment here and Miss Murder, Miss Divine and myself will be more than happy to reply with motivational suggestions.
Whenever you take a wrong turn in your fitness track, acknowledge what happened and take action to get back on the wagon.
WARNING Christmas dinner is right around the corner, and that New Year’s Eve drinking bash is a week after. Plan and prepare so you can avoid the guilt and freaking out!