The Holidays are Over, Now What??


It's January 2nd!! The holidays are over and if you're like most people, you indulged in December. That's okay! It's time to get back on track and I've got some quick ways to feel like yourself again!

1. Load up on water!

It seems that holidays are a time for food, family, friends, and...less water? It's true for me and it is for most people, too! Instead of our water bottles, we're drinking more cocktails, wine, and hot chocolate, Make a solid effort to get at least 70 oz in for a week straight and then you most likely won't have to think about it. 

I use a water bottle with oz marks so I know I only have to fill it up three times per day. Buy yourself a cute new one (or three!) for the new year so that you look forward to filling it up each day!

2. Reduce your carbs for a few days.

I carb cycle, so I alternate days of eating lower carb with days of eating high carb meals, but directly after a holiday of indulging I like to give myself a few extra low carb days. Because Lord knows I had plenty of carbs over the Holidays!

As a reminder, carbs are fruit, oats, rice, potatoes, bread, pasta, etc. Other than potatoes I don't pay attention to the carb content in veggies. That keeps it simple!

3. Extra cardio.

My weekly workout plan usually has 2 cardio sessions per week, but the first week or so back from a holiday or vacation I like to add a few extra cardio sessions in place of my strength training so I can SWEAT out the toxins (think sugar, alcohol, indulgences). Not to mention you'll drop a few extra pounds quickly this way.

4. Log your food.

I don't log food year-round but it is certainly helpful after a few weeks "off." Nothing keeps me accountable like SEEING the calories and macronutrients in the foods I'm eating. It's also tedious, so it keeps me from just snacking on some m and m's here and some toffee there. Use My Fitness Pal for easy logging.

5. Tell someone!

Listen, we are social creatures. We weren't meant to do hard things alone! Tell your friends and family that you're getting back to it. Hang up your goals where everyone can see them. Ask friends to meet you at the gym. Post on social media. Do whatever you need to do to add a little extra accountability to your goals. And please reach out if you need help!!