I woke up this morning enticed by the question, “should I just give myself the next two weeks off of working out and healthy eating?”
Isn’t it so tempting to think this way? Like calling in sick or playing hooky, I must admit I experienced a moment of sheer freedom – as though I was getting away with something.
But here’s the truth:
We won’t get away with anything.
In fact, this thinking sets us back anywhere from five to seven pounds – in just two weeks! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to start 2015 feeling unhealthy and unhappy.
So after my morning tea, I committed to what I call – “prayerful balance.” Will you join me in the pursuit of health over the holidays and practice prayerful balance?
Now, I’m not crazy, I too will be baking cookies – in fact I can’t wait!
However we shouldn’t entertain the lie that the next two weeks we deserve to eat whatever we want because what we do deserve is to honor God with our healthy choices and feel good from the inside out.
So let’s agree to skip the eating frenzy and workout hiatus and follow these simple tips to help us avoid the typical holiday weight gain:
- Prayerfully and purposefully decide when you’re going to indulge. If you are going to a party, try eating smaller portions throughout the day and balance out your food intake.
- Practice meal timing. Did you know the best time to eat high calorie treats and starchy carbohydrates are right after you workout?
- Buy an activity tracker. If you’re unable to get to the gym, you might be logging miles of walking and those equal calories burned– every little bit counts! Try the Jawbone UP, Fitbit and inspire yourself with a daily challenge goal.
- Sign up for bootcamps/classes with a friend/accountability partner and get in much-needed girl time with a great workout. Having an accountability partner really helps you stay committed when there are so many reasons to get off track.
- Decide to make this time of year more about faith, family and friends than food. Write heart felt cards, help a friend in need, and call a person you know is lonely this time of year. Be a blessing! Bake for friends and even charity. Nothing spreads Christmas cheer faster than some homemade treats and fellowship.
- Refrain from stress eating. Be prepared with a God-made go to balanced snack that tastes great and won’t leave you feeling deprived. Keep them with you at all times. I throw leftovers, snacks and salads, in one of these handy Alladin Chill containers and keep it in my purse. They come in different sizes with a reusable icepack.
- Partake in self-compassion and acknowledge the holidays aren’t a time for weight loss, but weight maintenance
- Shop online when you can and avoid going to countless stores and driving around. Amazon is my answer for quick shopping, less stress, and time and money saved.
- Commit to distress with prayer and set aside just a few minutes at 8 am and 8 pm to focus on what you’re grateful for
- Be present! Forget what you didn’t get done yesterday and don’t stress about tomorrow, do the best you can today! Slow down, stop the rushing around and be in the “now” of your life.
I will be the first to admit that this time of year goes hand in hand with an endless to do list, tempting treats everywhere, and can easily turn into a hectic mess! So let’s honor God with our health choices, our time, and keep our focus on the real reason for the season – our savior.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
-Phil. 4:6-8 NIV
Here are just a few more tips to help keep you on track this season.
Get Healthy, Happy, & FIT God’s Way,