I love the last couple of months of the year. It’s a time to surround yourself with friends and family, enjoy delicious food, find inspiration in the holiday décor and music, eat tons of yummy food, look back on all you’ve accomplished during the year, and did I mention eat lots of FOOD?
Yes, it’s that time of year where, personally, I’m likely to over-indulge in all of the holiday goodies lying around. I mean, how can you not have hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, home-made warm baked cookies, turkey, ham, and tamales, etc?! The holidays only come once a year so it’s okay to enjoy all they have to offer. However, if you do feel like you’ve veered too far off track, here are a few things that help motivate me after a splurge.
- I accept that not too much time has passed. If you’ve been eating fairly healthy, working out at least 3 times per week then go and splurge at a family get together, relax. All your progress did not go down the drain. One bad meal won’t make you fat just like one healthy meal won’t make you fit.
- I acknowledge that every day is a new beginning. Isn’t it wonderful that every morning we wake up; we get the chance to improve our life? If yesterday you were too lazy to work out, today you can make a change and exercise for 30 minutes. If you were in a grumpy mood, today you can do a good deed for someone. Weren’t very productive yesterday? Get up early and don’t scroll through social media until you’ve finished everything you’ve been procrastinating on. We have the power to edit our day as if we were writing a page out of a chapter book and creating our life story.
- I increase my water intake stat! If you’ve indulged a little too much, chances are you’re feeling bloated. How do you get rid of bloat? By drinking water to flush out the excess sodium you just consumed. Yes, you may feel even more full but only temporarily. The more water you drink, the more your body can excrete the toxins.
- I drink green tea all day. This powerful herbal tea can help you beat the bloat by increasing your metabolism thus burning calories. I did an 8-day experiment in which I drank 6 cups of green tea a day. The results were shocking. Read about it here if you haven’t already.
- I decrease my intake of sodium-filled foods. Sodium makes you retain water, something you don’t want to do if you’re trying to shed pounds. It’ll hold onto that water making you feel bloated. Stay away from salty junk and increase your water levels to stay balanced.
- I get a workout in ASAP. I always feel lighter after a quick sweat sesh’ both physically and mentally. You may not like the way you feel during your workout but you’ll feel quite accomplished after. Your endorphins will kick in and your whole attitude will change.
- I recognize that the scale doesn’t matter. Don’t weigh yourself often and especially not after a splurge. The scale is just a number and it doesn’t mean anything. What matters is how you feel on the inside. Do you like what you see in the mirror? If you do, yay! If you don’t, get motivated, but don’t let a scale affect your mood.
- I train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Not only do I find BJJ beneficial to my physical health, but it has improved my mental health immensely as well. While other fitness related activities focus on improving your physique aesthetically, BJJ has helped me appreciate my body for what it can do rather than how it looks. Being a 114-pound female, there’s only so much that I can bench press, but that 185-pound dude over there? Yeah, I can sweep that 😉 I can easily break an arm or put you in a choke hold. I use leverage rather than brute strength to control someone and that makes me confident in my skills rather than in my appearance.
- I look for fitspiration (fitness inspiration) related blogs, articles, watch health documentaries or scroll through Pinterest and Instagram. There is always some awesome recipe, workout, cute outfit I’d like to fit into or motivated person that inspires me. Whether it’s a picture of someone’s progress or a quote, I’m sure to get my ass off the couch and go make some green tea or get on my spin bike.
- I distract myself. I’ll go out and do something fun with my husband, start tidying up the house, read a book, play with my dog; anything to get my mind off of how I’m feeling.
These tips usually motivate me to get my healthy groove back after a splurge. It’s frustrating to fall off track so we have to remind ourselves that if we don’t want to keep starting over, we have to stop giving up. If all else fails, wrap yourself up in a blanket with a hot mug of tea and lemon, throw on your favorite chick flick, and get some rest.
Thanks for reading!