After my 2 week hiatus from working out after running my Half Marathon, I am more than ready to jump back into the fitness world and I’m looking forward to dabbling in more than just running. As much as I love being on a training plan, there is something great about having limitless options and doing whatever your mood strikes you to do at the gym.
Of course right when I’m ready to kick it up a notch, here comes the Thanksgiving Holiday to really drill into me the thoughts of savory dishes, sugary pies and a full-belly nap on the couch in front of the Cowboys game. But then again — road blocks like this always seem to happen. Usually right when I am about to go hardcore at the gym or go full force on a healthy diet plan, something like “that time of the month” comes along and all I can think about is chocolate and bubble baths. Chocolate and wine in bubble baths. Ladies you know what I mean. Nothing makes you want to workout less than a visit from Mother Nature. Or Thanksgiving turkey. Darn you tryptophan.
For Thanksgiving this year, since I have got the health and fitness itch so bad, I want to make sure I take the time to stay fit and health conscious, even though this Holiday usually makes me want to do anything but.
We are heading to my parents once again for Thanksgiving and we have so much on the agenda. So between cooking, gathering with friends and family, seeing the latest dystopian trilogy at the theaters (aka The Hunger Games movie — a mother and daughter tradition) and a special surprise for Rylee, Lion Country Safari, I am going to try my best to work in these simple health and fitness goals.
1) Work out for at least 20 minutes a day. No matter what, I am going to try to fit in at least 20 minutes of fitness per day. And what if I can get in more than that? Score! If not, 20 minutes is not a lot of time to commit to my fitness goals and between walking to the park, completing a Nike Training App routine or Grokker video, I definitely think this is a doable goal.
2) Wait before filling up on seconds. I want to wait at least 10 minutes after eating my face and before filling my plate with seconds. Usually I fill myself up to the brim to a ridiculous point of painful fullness that prohibits me from making it to my bed and therefore passing out on the couch. I guarantee that if I were to just wait 10 minutes after stuffing my face, I would come to the realization that I have had plenty and am already full. Ultimately resulting in the refusal of a second plate.
3) Drink. Drink. Drink. And I don’t mean wine! During weekends I know that I do not drink enough water, so I want to make a conscious effort to get my 8 glasses a day over this long break. This will help my appetite from being out of control and keep me hydrated. There’s gonna be tons of food to eat and even more libations too, so I want to make sure I stay clear minded throughout the day and at night so I can continue to stay on the right track and complete my goals.
4) Keep sweets at a safe distance. I don’t plan on not enjoying a delicious slice of cheesecake or a yummy after dinner drink, so don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like I need to devour every last piece of chocolate covered anything like I’ll never eat it again. Moderation here is key. And I plan on enjoying dessert, but not over-indulging. It’s true that sometimes I’ll take full portions every dessert at the table just so that I can try everything! So regardless of the serving sizes, smaller portions and more selective choices is what I am aiming for this year.
I am so looking forward to this holiday weekend. This is one of my absolute favorite holidays and I love being home together with the family to celebrate. I hope you all have a happy holiday!
What are some of your tips for staying healthy during these food-centric holidays?