The holidays can be overwhelming if you’re trying to eat healthily… We’re surrounded by deliciously tempting foods that are high in calories, unhealthy fats, and sugars. We’re taken out of our normal routine which makes it hard to maintain existing habits. And sometimes we’re given guilt trips from family and friends, who make us feel bad for not conforming to the normal “let it all go” over the holidays routine.
If you’ve overindulged during the holidays, don’t let it derail your efforts completely; let’s get back to it! Treat it as a small blip rather than letting it be the end of your healthy efforts. Here are 5 tips to help you get back on track…
1) Forgive Yourself
If you weren’t as active as you wanted or ate a little too much, don’t fall into the guilt trap; beating yourself up invites negativity and self-hatred- that’s not what the holidays are about! Nobody is perfect girlfriend! We all make mistakes, so forgive yourself and move on.
2) Learn From Your Mistakes
We can learn from everything we do in life, especially our mistakes. The trick is to proactively look for those lessons, and figure out ways to avoid them next time. How could you do better at the next holiday gathering? What could you change? What’s the one thing that could make the biggest difference?
3) Hit The Mental Reset Button
Use this as an opportunity to start over. I have a visualization exercise that can help: Close your eyes and picture a big button that says RESET on it (I like to go for a hot pink one). Then picture yourself pressing it, hearing the click, and seeing all the past poor choices be erased. Next, picture a clean slate that is ready for you. This exercise can help you put the past behind you and clear the negative energy, so you can move forward.
4) Focus On One Decision At A Time
Focusing on eating healthy ALL day can seem overwhelming. Even thinking about your long-term goals can also feel like too much (or that they’re very far away). So instead, focus on just one decision at a time, then the next decision, and the next. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and there’s no question that you’ll move forward.
5) Take Action
We can spend forever planning, but success comes from taking action. The wins come from what you actually do, not what you think about. So whilst it’s important to plan, it’s vital that you ACT and do it quickly. Don’t put it off until tomorrow or next week – take action now!
If you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon over the holidays and need some extra help, just reach out! The key is not to lose momentum but keep striving towards your health goals. Put the past behind you and focus on making progress.