OH but this Monday is not any old Monday…..it is the Monday before Thanksgiving. Hello short work week And hello guest post over at Ashley’s blog—check it out, done by yours truly!
And MAJOR hello to: flying to the in-laws tonight! I’m stoked to spend a week with them and my husband’s family. My workouts are going to be different this week for sure (after teaching this a.m’s BodyPUMP–with my sista, woo!!– I won’t be teaching for an entire week! Gasp.)
But that is okay. It is a chance to KICK it up a notch, ifyaknowwhatImean.
A Holiday Shift In Perspective
With past holidays I would freak out because of the food—I didn’t want to eat it, I did, I didn’t want to overeat, and then I did, and then I’d throw it up, or I’d feel horrible about myself, and then I’d vow to never touch the delicious rolls again, etc.,etc.
Sounds super festive, right?!
Because of a major shift in my perspective over the last 1.75 years or so (about the time I started lifting weights a tad more seriously, actually), my view about the holidays, my body, and my eating habits has completely changed!
Instead of worrying about calories per meal I now think about (not obsesses about<—key) what I could/want to eat to make my body happy and fit.
My fit body wants lean proteins (turkey, beans, tofu, chicken, veggie patties), tons of fresh fruits, whole grain carbs, and yes, desserts. —>I seriously need a little bit of sugar daily (usually in the form of dark chocolate, but lately its been my dad’s oatmeal/dark choc cookies or that awesome carrot cake!)
This shift has come as a result of my fitness motivation. It is totally true that when you treat your body right and give it the exercise it needs and wants, it then tells YOU what it wants to be fed to be/stay fueled correctly to continue to do that exercise.
Kick It Up A Notch
Well the holidays are upon us, and because some of us have struggled, are struggling, or will struggle with eating anxieties and focusing too much on food during this time, here is a thought about it all and what to do to help it…..
FOCUS on your fitness abilities first. Push your body and kick it up a notch in the fitness department over the next 5-6 weeks.
This could be running an extra 5 minutes during each run at a faster pace, incorporating more hills into your bike ride, adding more weight to tracks during BodyPUMP, or lifting heavy by yourself. OR holding some yoga poses longer, strengthening your core more intensely by adding Pilates to your weekly routine, or trying out some new fitness DVDs.
When you focus on what your body CAN do you will forget all about what your body can’t do, isn’t, or even the anxieties you have about your body. This confidence in your abilities will give you an increased measure of will power, strength, and health consciousness during the holidays. Promise.
Instead of focusing on what you CAN’T have, shouldn’t have, should avoid, or things you’re anxious about during these next 6 weeks of holiday wonderfulness, FOCUS on a goal to kick it up a notch in the fitness department.
(And avoid any ‘crap’ that says you can’t enjoy your favorites at this time of the year either–this’ll set you up for disaster. I am a witness to that as well. )
Have an awesome day deciding what this fitness challenge is going to be for YOU! Let’s do THIS and sweat it out together
I’d love to hear it–what are YOU going to challenge YOURself fitness-wise with the next 6 weeks?? What is YOUR favorite way to squeeze in exercise during the holidays?? <—-I need ideas for an upcoming post! Any fun T-day plans for YOU??
*My kick it up a notch fitness goal : add in P90x Plyometrics every week to my fitness regimen (it is tough!!). And add more weight for every track in BodyPUMP <—tried these both out on Saturday. TOTALLY insane and hard, but I did it and my confidence skyrocketed!
**Of course I am not a physician, so if you can’t/shouldn’t change your fitness plan because of doctor’s advice, then please don’t.