It's the Monday after the holiday and as we all head back to work it's evaluation time for Thanksgiving health and fitness goals:
For me, I was 100% on exercise. I sometimes had to workout late (10pm start = ouch) but I stayed on track and pushed hard.
For food I was maybe 80%. I did eat tons of veggies and my healthier options. But I also had too much mac and cheese (ironically not even on Thanksgiving - but Friday night. the man makes it 2x a year and I just went a little overboard), too many meals out (spent all day in the city on Wednesday, out shopping Friday, out for the game Saturday) and too much meat (I had meat 2x a day for 3 days in a row - big big change for me). I also skipped shakeology one morning, which is a disaster for me. Seriously. I don't know why I do that...every time I do I really struggle with cravings all day. Lesson learned, I haven't skipped again.
So now it's Monday. The family members have all gone home (one with a ton of mac and cheese left overs), the football games have been played and my gym is now my gym again instead of the spare bedroom. So how do we get back laser focus after a holiday like Thanksgiving that is very much a food and sit on your butt kind of weekend? Four super easy steps, that's how:
- Water. Like you are crossing Death Valley folks. Guzzle a gallon today. Why? A few reasons. One being if you drank a little more than normal (which is kind of typical during the holidays, especially when surrounded by family, eh?) then it's time to rehydrate. Two being you probably didn't drink enough over the holidays (I didn't - I struggle at home anyway, and when I'm crazy busy cooking and entertaining it's easy to forget to guzzle). Three being it will help you stay full while you bring your food intake back to normal levels (something has to replace that mac and cheese!). Four being - it's just healthy for you and you should drink a lot of water anyway for life. Pick your number, ponder it over a glass of water. No flavoring of the water with anything in a packet either. Fresh fruit and/or veggies (like cucumbers) if you need a break from plain water.
- Eat Clean. Alright, it's time to be a little strict on yourself this week. Check out Michi's Ladder and stick to the top 2 tiers. Personally, I don't do non-fat cheese, I stick to regular cheese, that's my only mod. But I don't have much or have it often. I also will be really focusing on building mainly vegetarian or vegan meals home and on the road this week. Lots of veggies and lots of fruit too. If it comes in a bag or box and isn't onion, oranges, grapefruits...you get the drift - leave it alone.
- Train Mean. Whether you stayed on your exercise plan or not - today is the day to move. Doesn't matter what you do, just sweat it out. I am still doing INSANITY and got my workout in today as I did through the holiday. Go move. Now. I'll be here when you finish :)
- Sleep. Yes, you heard right. Sleep. I was so off schedule this week staying up late to hang out with family and waking up early to cook or watch football. I'm going to definitely focus again on my 7-9 hours of sleep a night like I usually get. Sleep is important for health, lots of studies talk about how people who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have health problems and be obese. Combat that by hitting the pillow on time tonight. Figure out what time you need to wake up and try to be in bed 7-9 hours before that.