Coming home for the holidays.
For my holiday weight loss post I figured I’d tell you guys how I dealt with holiday dinners and Christmas parties. People are asking me how did I avoid cheating on my meal plans and diets during this time. Well, For the most part I didn’t!!! I was human and I absolutely love the holidays. Food was a big deal in my house so, up until a year ago, I didn’t hold back when I went back home for the holidays.
I would get home and my grandmother would have food cooking; yams, potato salad, stuffing, fried fish, you name it she was cooking it almost every Sunday from November to December. In my early years, this didn’t help me at all! I would eat until I couldn’t even function (literally). To be honest even when I became a vegetarian I still wasn’t safe because I was still capable of eating everything that didn’t include meat (which was probably even worse for me). It wasn’t until I went vegan that I didn’t pig out on the holidays, but even though I pigged out, I kept 3 rules every time I did!
Rule 1: Do Cardio.
If I over ate a ton of food, I would do an hour of cardio in the gym the same day, whether it was before or after. No it didn’t help me immediately undo what I did, but it did burn the equivalent amount of calories back off & it helped me sweat out a lot of the salt intake.
Rule 2: Do Not Take Food Home!
If I went to a holiday party and there was left over food that everyone says to “take home so it doesn’t go to waste” I was like “hell no.” I said no so that I didn’t continue to cheat on my diet past that point. It’s like once I left that party or left my mothers house I always wanted to go back to mine with a fresh start, so no old food or left overs!
Rule 3: Set A New Year Goal!
If I knew I was wilding out on food from November to December, I would start to prepare mentally for my new year change. I would already have an idea of a meal plan and workout plan I would be starting so when the new year came I could kick it into full gear. I would look up what new classes I wanted to try, one year I did kickboxing, the next year I did yoga and I would focus on making it fun to “change” once it was time to kick a more strict lifestyle into gear.
I personally think by the time the holidays are done, you’ve had your belly full of unhealthy foods so it’s easier to start a plan to lose weight and get fit once January hits. If you think about it calendar wise, there are no real holidays after that with food except maybe Valentine’s Day and Easter! This gives you almost 5 months to lose weight, because we know when the Memorial Day barbecue invite hits thats a definite cheat day! But in the meantime, use those 5 months wisely!
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