Is it just me or are the holidays like Mission Impossible when it comes to sticking with a diet and exercise plan?
I failed at this just yesterday.
The boys were jumping off the walls (and no…I didn’t give them caffeine or sugar…I’ve learned my lesson with that).
The culprit of their craziness happened to be the white stuff falling from the cold, gray sky starting the blanket the ground.
As we are coming up on our first year anniversary of living where we actually get the seasons, I will admit I was just as enthralled with the beautiful scene flowing down on our farm as my boys.
It made me giddy…like a kid at Christmas.
It also caused me to make a decision to NOT do my workout.
I instead curled up on my couch with my fuzzy blanket wrapped around my my shoulders, snow falling outside in the background, and Crown for Christmas from the Hallmark Channel playing on the big TV screen.
I LOVE playing my Countdown to Christmas movies all day…especially when I have a 2 year old boy sitting on my head (really?!?! What goes on in their cute little heads?)
I don’t know how I stick with any exercise or diet plan this time of year.
- It’s hard to stay motivated when it is bitter cold outside especially with snow and ice blanketing the ground. I mean…I don’t want to break a leg or anything trying to get a run in.
- It’s hard to stay motivated when all your family comes to visit and you find yourself surrounded by snacks, desserts, alcohol, and the pressure from everyone to JUST EAT IT.
- It’s hard to stay motivated when work parties and office goodies invade your work day. Peer pressure and staring at those peanut butter cookies with the Hershey Kisses on top…who could resist?
- It’s hard to stay motivated when everywhere you turn, you are running head first into obstacles to your healthy eating and fitness routine that weren’t there just a few weeks ago.
Can these be navigated so you don’t go completely off the deep end during the Holidays?
What do you do when you want to enjoy the holidays but don’t want to lose all the progress you have worked so hard to achieve these past few months?
Losing weight with PCOS is a tough journey, but then you throw in the Holidays, is it just Mission Impossible and you need to learn to just expect it?
I think we are looking at it the wrong way. Why does it have to be an either/or?
So, I guess the real question I am sending your way today is this:
Can you stick with your PCOS plan and still enjoy the Holidays?
Short answer: Absolutely.
I am not going to rattle off ways to trick your brain that your piece of lettuce tastes like a cookie or any of that nonsense.
I think you can enjoy your holidays AND still be practical with wanting to see results on the scale.
Here are my more reasonable “rules to live by”:
A quick workout is better than no workout.
The cold weather, especially when I am a Southern California/Arizona girl now living in the upper midwest, zaps the energy out of my workouts very quickly. However, even if I don’t feel like a full workout, I can’t find a good excuse for not getting in at least 5 minutes of exercise per day. That is also what my little workout calendars are for. You can grab a copy each month for free after you download my free Exercise Cheat Sheet here.
I modify my workouts during the winter.
I won’t go run when wind chill is -20 degrees outside. I opt for home based workouts that require at most the use of dumbbells. It’s easier to stay home than have venture out to a gym. I put my home based workouts into the Fit Cyster Exercise Program you can grab here.
Dealing with all those family get togethers full of snacks, alcohol, tables of desserts, and lots of pressure to eat everything?
I tend to make sure I eat my regular 3 meals and healthy 2 snacks a day so I am not as hungry in between meals. This makes it easier to say no to temptations. I amy still enjoy a handful of snacks, but I won’t graze. I’m not a fan of alcohol so I opt for fruit infused water or fixing a faux-fancy drink with sparkling water and fruit. Desserts…I have a few that are my all time favorites and will indulge in a small amount of them during the season. I make up my mind ahead of time what those will be so it is easier to just pass on the “yummy, but not my favorite” desserts.
Dealing with the Family Feasts.
When it comes to all those family feasts, opt for veggies to fill up the majority of your plate. The rest of your plate should be whole grains and lean protein. Eat salad first. Watch out for creamy or gravy type sauces as these often carry the most calories.
Eating out can be a challenge but stick to meals that are more veggie heavy and stay away from creams and gravies.
Remember: Never make your life ALL or NOTHING when it comes to diet and exercise. That just sets you up for failure. You can enjoy your favorites during the Holidays but be smart about it.
One bad choice or meal does not mean the entire day is ruined. You just enjoy what you have and move on. You know the above principles. Put them into play for the next meal or the next workout.
Find a Support Group
Above all have a support group that understands what you are going through and check in with them regularly. If you are struggling with sticking with your plan, let them know. If you have questions, let them know. We are all in this together. Grab a free invitation to the Cyster Talk Community over on Facebook once you download my free Exercise Cheat Sheet here.
Even though most people report gaining weight during the holidays, we don’t have to be part of that statistic.
We may have PCOS and it may be harder for us to lose weight, but we can get through the holidays with our weight and health in check.
And we can still enjoy the holidays along the way…
Let’s do this together!
In the meantime…A Boyfriend for Christmas is on so you’ll know where I’ll be. Commercial breaks…you up for one 5 minute round of our workout of the day from the December Calendar? You with me?