Hi Friends, Jamie here. I don’t know about you but this time of year can be really hard on my waistline. Instead of getting discouraged and setting myself up for failure, I decided to set some practical goals for myself to get through the holidays. For starters, I will never be one of those people that can turn my back on all the yummy snacks at a party. Nope – actually, I would most likely be the first one in line – plate ready! I know this about myself and my over-indulgent sweet tooth so it is imperative for me to do some form of a workout. Quite frankly, this time of year, there are plenty of days I work out just to eat what I want and that’s ok. Again, it’s all about balance and setting realistic goals. Here are a few I live by November – Jan 1…
- I never try to set a weight goal this time of year. I either try to hit it hard a few months before Thanksgiving or start my weight goal until after the New Year. I know myself and my holiday schedule so for me this would be a BIG FAIL if I did it any other way. Now with that said, I do try to maintain what I have already lost by balancing out my cheat meals and workouts. This can be done, you just have to be strategic about it. If I know I have an event coming up, I really try to stick to a strict diet and workout routine several days (to a week, if possible) before the event. If I can, I try to to workout the day of the event too so I feel less shitty about my 2nd & possibly third trip to the forbidden desert table.
- I never miss a Monday workout. For me, Monday jump starts my week. If I start my week off with bad eating and no workout then there is a pretty good chance the following days will look much like that too. It’s a mental thing for me. So once again, I try not to set myself up for failure.
- I try hard to not miss a workout Monday – Friday. Most of my days each week consist of Boxing or HIIT workouts (see boxing video). During these workouts I usually burn in an hour between 400-600 calories.
- I surround myself with a good support team. I think this is one of the things that brought Sam and I so close over the last couple of years. We were a constant encouragement to each other when we needed it the most. I have a two year old and after a year and a half was still hanging on to some post baby weight. Even when I didn’t feel like working out, she was on the phone or at my door forcing me to put on my running shoes. I’d like to think I have encouraged her as much as she has me. Truth be told, we have developed a great support group at our boxing gym. There is around 7 of us, better known as the “Happy Hookers” – get it? hooks – hookers? (see above photo)
- You are what you eat. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things bad BUT I really do enjoy most healthy foods as well. I try hard this time of year to eat clean and healthy unless I have an event. That way when I have to cheat, I can and not feel too bad about it.
Obviously what works for me won’t always work for everyone else. I think at the end of the day, it’s a mental thing. You have to be ready and committed to change your lifestyle in order to change your life.