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Staying on Track During the Holiday Season

Can you believe it is November already?! Where has the time gone? This seems to be the time of year when people tend to get off track when it comes to their fitness journey. Like I have said before, fitness seems to be the first thing people sacrifice when their schedules get busy. But don’t let the holidays get in the way of all the progress you’ve been making! You need to head into this holiday season with a plan of attack.

What you need to do is make your training schedule before the holidays so you are able to plan ahead and around your workouts. Then, you need to set some goals with the S.M.A.R.T method. What is that, you ask? Well, let me tell you. S.M.A.R.T method is a goal setting process that helps you stay on track.

S stands for specific – Your goal needs to be specific so you know exactly what it is you want to accomplish. So, instead of saying you want to lose x pounds, make it a specific number so you’re more focused on realizing that goal. 

M stands for measurable – You can’t know your progress if you can’t measure it, am I right? So, any way you can quantify your goal, whether it be in pounds, reps, miles, what have you, make sure you can measure your progress. 

A stands for attainable – Some people tend to set a goal that they just can’t reach and that can be a setup for failure. You want to push yourself, but you know what’s within the range of possibilities for yourself. (Sometimes genetics is against us. We’re all different! Don’t set your goals to look like someone else, that person is already taken.) 

R stands for realistic – If you expect to lose 20 pounds in a week, you have another thing coming for ya. It takes time to see change, so set that week goal to two, maybe three weeks and you will see the results you want. (Trust me when I say it is way easier to put the weight on then it is to take it off…) 

T stands for time-based – This means give yourself an actual end point so you know how long you have to reach that goal. And once you have reached that goal start the process all over again.

The whole idea behind this is that you will continually have something to work towards. This is ultimately what is going to keep you on track. Let’s be honest, no one likes to lose or fail, so setting goals with this method will help you to succeed and stay on track during the holiday season (which notoriously revolves around food). Find someone with a similar goal and team up to keep each other on track. Tell your trainer about your goals and they will make sure you attend every session or class and push you to help you achieve that goal.

Another thing you can do is to choose the healthier choice when it comes to meals. You don’t have to have that second scoop of potatoes and a roll, just pick a small serving of potatoes and skip the roll. Limit yourself to one dessert rather than trying one of everything (I may have been guilty of this before). But don’t get yourself down if you eat more than you usually would, you are human and allowed to enjoy yourself. Just know when Monday comes around, it is time to put your butt in gear! Stay hydrated as well. Drinking plenty of water can also help cut down how much you actually eat.

So, enjoy your holiday season without throwing your progress out the window. Set some goals to help keep you on track and remember to choose the healthy options and smaller portions. My goal is to maintain a workout schedule of 5 days a week, 1 day of stretching and an active rest day along with healthy eating options. I write down my workouts for the week so I can see what is coming up and prepare myself. I will set more specific goals each week to motivate myself. Let me know what you plan on doing to stay on track this holiday season!

-Peace, Love & TruFit 

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