The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Welp, here we goooo!!!! It's that time of the year again...the holiday season!

As much as I absolutely cannot stand winter, the holidays just make me giddy with joy! :) I was talking to my husband about how excited I was for Christmas, and he cracked up laughing at me when I said, "When I look at a Christmas tree, I get so happy I could just cry!" I don't know what it is, but it just does something to me inside! Who else feels this way?

BUT with the holidays come all those yummy family meals and treats galore.... I'm sure you're going to be reading on fitness sites about all the ways you can get through the holidays without gaining weight and all that, soooo I won't bore you with that, I'll just share my philosophy. I think the holidays should be enjoyed and that you should be able to have a few extra treats and sweets here and there, just the same as any other time of the year. Don't fret or stress about it!

Because this is my lifestyle and not a diet and because I lift heavy and train hard consistently, I don't have to worry about eating a few "bad" meals and can enjoy a home cooked Thanksgiving meal and a piece of pumpkin pie(or two!) with NO guilt.

The thing is, if you don't stuff your face with everything in sight and just pick your favorite things in normal portion sizes, you will be fine. You won't ruin all your efforts in the gym with just one or two meals....The problem is when you just start bingeing and then just throw your healthy eating completely out the window!

One thing I do like to make sure of is to be consistent with my workouts around the times I know I'm going to be consuming more food. I just put those calories to good use and really kill it in the gym! Maybe do a few extra sprints or prowler pushes. If you're really hard core, you even can do a strength training or HIIT workout the day of the big meal. It's NOT about doing more exercise as punishment for eating "bad", but just using those extra calories to fuel your workouts!

That's it. Train hard. Eat some good food. Treasure time with friends and family. Enjoy the holiday season!

Who else loves the holidays as much as I do? 


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