Staying on Track During the Holidays

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This time every year, I see folks go through the same rigamarole, setting in front of them – like a heaping plate of thanksgiving day carb load – roadblocks and justifications as to why they can’t stay on track with their fitness goals. “How am I suppossed to workout, I haven’t even done any shopping, I’m so busy.”

Not that long ago a certain tech company launched the sale of yet another version of it’s mobile device. Listening to one of my favorite morning radio shows (I still listen to the radio) a reporter, on assignment at a store location, asked a customer how long he’d been waiting in line. The man responded “15 hours.”


Hard Reset

The truth, is that life in the 21st century is busy, and the holidays are no different than any other time of the year. Our schedules are always full. Yes, feeling obliged to attend the ugly christmas sweater party and drink cheap wine can suck. There is no doubt that gathering the whole family together with all that entails, has it’s challenges. And, department stores full of petulant, screaming children and their parents elbowing their way in front of you just to grab sale items is, well….yeah, no.

All the more reason to go push the iron plates, right?


Naughty or Nice

As we finish out the season and head into a brand new year of busyness, keep these in mind:

Tip One Do not feel obliged to eat. Rather, to over eat. Eating grandma’s famous casserole is one thing. Going back for seconds and thirds is another. Company party? Set the example – politely let you’re coworkers know that you are starting your new year resolutions early, – skip the dessert buffet. Who knows, maybe the boss is watching and will take note of you’re initiative. (Wink wink)

Tip Two Schedule workouts for first thing in the morning. Reason being, with last minute party plans, “overbooking”, and getting stuck in the rush of everyone else overbooking and making last minute party plans, you won’t blow off gym time.


Plus, early morning workouts help keep us looking energized, and not as though we stayed until last call. Lights on, ouch. 

Tip Three Stop making excuses. It was Ben Franklin who said, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Okay, so we’re slightly busier than normal. So, when I here people say next year they can’t train because tax season started, or because the 1st quarter earnings report is due, or……..

you get my drift. Life is busy. Stop for a bit and find the time to invest in yourself.

Tip Four Drink water.


We know why it is important to stay hydrated.

There are 168 hours in a week. If you chooes to wait 15 hours in line for a anything, that’s on you. Just make 3 hours each week dedicated to becoming a stronger version of yourself – only with a better phone.

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