December is officially (almost!) here and there are temptations everywhere. While my main mantra is always “Live Yo’ Life” I do think it’s possible and important to get through the festive season without completely overdoing it. Here are my top tips on resisting December temptations.
1: Set a Manageable Food Goal
Throughout the festive period parties are a dime a dozen and there are endless boxes of Roses and Quality Street doing the rounds. I like to share this particular little tip because I think it’s so doable. For december – vow to steer clear of the chocolate tins until Christmas eve. I know it sounds like a difficult task but honestly what are you really missing out on? A few mindless chocolates or mince pies here and there? Set a goal to leave any treat foods until Christmas Eve – then enjoy a couple of days of indulgence till St. Stephen’s Day and hey presto you haven’t totally overdone it. Two or three days of indulgence is far easier to recover from than two or three weeks. And to be honest – you are still enjoying your Christmas food.
2: Dial It Down If You Must But Keep Your Workout Motivation
Workouts through December just seem so much harder. The mornings are dark, the evenings are dark and the couch seems so much more appealing. I’m not going to sugar coat it – siting in with the Christmas lights twinkling is probably what we’ll all want to do over heading out to the gym on a cold evening. My biggest tip is to cut down your workouts but don’t cut them out completely. If you usually aim for 3-4 then aim now for 2-3. Putting your whole fitness routine on hold to January only means you’ll have so much work to catch up on then. Work smart. Take an extra evening at home each week but when you do go to the gym work hard and make it count.
3: Train With A Purpose
Following a general fitness plan will go a long way to helping you keep some motivation for December. Set yourself a four-week schedule to take you right up to Christmas and keep on top of the journey you’ve already started. That way post-Christmas you won’t have as much “making up” to do. And you’ll find your New Year gym routine much easier.
4: Keep Your Goal In Sight
Having a visual reminder of your future goal can be all the willpower you need to avoid temptation. If it’s a picture of a “dream body” or an inspirational quote or a fitness challenge you want to sign up for – make it your phone screen saver, print it up and stick it on the fridge or some place where it will serve to remind you why you are putting in all this hard work. SEE the end result always and you will work harder to get there.
Temptations will always be there. We have to learn to control them and give in from time to time. There is no need to undo all of your months of hard work just because it’s silly season. I hope you picked up something that might work for you. Happy December!