Thanksgiving is this week and it kicks off the winter holiday season (for me at least). And with it comes a lot of food. In the past, I’d eat until I was beyond stuffed but I’ve been more conscious about how I’m eating in the last couple of years. So, how am I planning to mix both the holiday season and trying to cut and lose weight?
The first thing that I’m keeping in mind is to take it one day at a time. And even one meal at a time if I need to. Even though there’s over a month between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it’s not like there’s something going on every single day. At most, we have seven or eight days where we are celebrating. And for a lot of them, it’s not a even a full day thing. So instead of worrying for the entire month or more I just need to take one day (or one meal at a time).
Going along with that, one day isn’t going to ruin all the progress I’ve made. It might make the scale shift up for a couple of days after but it isn’t permanent. It’s not going to take away from the hard work I’ve done. It’s the same mentality I took on the honeymoon with me and it worked great for me then.
I will be keeping up with my workouts and being focused on my eating still on these days so I can make better choices than I have in the past. I won’t be eating until I’m beyond stuffed because that just doesn’t make me feel good. But I’m not going to pass up some of my favorite things (hello mashed potatoes with gravy) just because I’m in a cutting phase. Instead, I’m going to focus on smaller portions of the food I must have a taste of and make sure that I’m focusing mainly on protein and vegetables. Plus, this means I’ll have room for dessert instead of eating pumpkin pie that just adds to that feeling of being stuffed.
Focusing on one meal at a time also comes into play with this. Take for example Thanksgiving this year. We are spending it with my family so we’ll be driving up to the Duluth area and having two Thanksgiving meals. But I’m going to do my normal weights and run before, probably just having a small snack before and using my breakfast as my post-workout meal instead of having breakfast, working out and then having a post-workout smoothie. And I probably won’t be eating as much at that second meal because I’ll still be full from the first. But you can’t bet I’m going to enjoy all that turkey!
What is your approach to keeping balanced during the holidays? Let me know in the comments!