The holiday’s are a time to loosen up a bit and enjoy time with family. Often we are traveling and either staying with family or hosting out of town family. There is a good chance pie…lots of pie was involved. There is always that one mom or aunt who makes amazing cookies. Despite our best efforts we end up eating a little more and working out a little less than we had planned. I know when we visit the in-laws I am able to sleep in and lay around about 200% more than normal. Multiple days of this often gets us in a place that is hard to recover from physically and mentally. At this point you may feel tired, sluggish, and unmotivated. Here are my tips to put this behind us and get our motivation back.
*Realization: Just because we took a detour from the program doesn’t mean we are completely lost. Chances are we took a few steps back, but a few days off course would not bring us back to the very beginning. We have still made progress overall and enjoyed quality time with family. Don’t despair because of this minor set back, but focus on how far you have come since the beginning. Today is not the end of our journey, but one small segment towards our best selves.
*Preparing: If you traveled or hosted chances are your food stores are low. Being in a slightly unmotivated state will incline us towards left overs, pizza, or take out. Immediately stock up on your typical healthier foods. Get to the store now. Tomorrow is Monday and is a great time to reset. Get the food necessary now to make a healthy breakfast and pack a proper lunch.
*Do Something: If you were unable to get a workout in go do something today. This may be the last thing you feel like doing, but nothing will make you feel more energized and focused than a workout. If you are unable to make it to a gym today do something in your living room or go for a jog.
*Stop It Now: You are not allowed to let this continue so say me. Get the idea of just going with the flow until January 1st out of your mind. Let’s get our nutrition and workouts back on track starting tomorrow. Do it!
Just know you are not alone in feeling unmotivated after a extended holiday. I get the same way. But let’s help each other stay motivated by getting back on track.
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-Wittig, ISSA CPT