So isn’t a secret that I take exercise and nutrition seriously. For me, it is about way more than getting into skinny jeans (what brainiac thought those were a good idea anyway?); it is a matter of life (full and vibrant) or death (lack of mobility and functionality). However, I certainly appreciate flat abs and a nice tush as much as the next lady AND I realize how holiday indulging can sabotage the best of efforts.
Therefore, I present to you my Thanksgiving —–> Christmas plan. I’ve broken it into three sections:
IN MY BELLY
MOVE MY A**
In My Belly:
The hubster makes my grandmother’s pound cake twice a year. Once at Thanksgiving and once at Christmas. Yeah, sure, it might be better to break it up with more months in between but that’s another thing about me; I don’t mess with tradition. 😉 I also make sweet potato pies every Thanksgiving and freeze a couple for Christmas. These I don’t eat; so it is not a real problem. However there is also dressing and macaroni and cheese to consider. 🙂 Truthfully, I can forgo all of it with the exception of grandmas cake. It’s going in my belly. twice. And by twice I mean four times: two slices around Thanksgiving and two around Christmas.
Here is what I will consume everyday between these must-have experiences:
1) Drink 16-20 ounces green smoothie. My standard recipe is: kale, cucumber, beets, organic frozen mixed berries, pineapple, coconut water and ginger root.
2) Drink bone broth/ homemade stock. This is en vogue right now so I’ve been playing around with it a bit more. However, my mother and grandmother always made their own stock. Sometimes I stew some veggies in my stock but mostly I drink 4-6 ounces of it a day. Straight. No chaser. Chock full of nutrients.
3) Eat/drink fermented foods. Now I’ve mentioned my kombucha consumption before but during the holidays there are no missed days. I also have one serving of homemade yogurt and occasionally I will have kefir or kimchi (more about those later). I am a huge fan of probiotics especially for those of us with inflammation and/or gut issues. Particularly if you occasionally eat pound cake (or something like it) like me.
4) No simple carbs (with the exception of the aforementioned)
5)Complex carbs are limited to the vegetable variety. And a few low glycemic fruits. 🙂
You can see how these five rules give significant structure to my eating. There are other things that are not mentioned here that are understood no-no’s on any day: no junk food, no fried foods, no fast food, no fake food.
Move My A**
Here is what I’ve committed to (minimum):
2 days of running (10 miles minimum a week, includes HITT workout and hill repeats)
2 days of CrossFit
2 days of yoga
Bottom line: If you are going to do the crime, you gotta do the time. I’m willing to move my a**. Are you?
Here is a handy chart that can help you figure out how to make up yesterday’s damage:
This is the hardest part for me. Finding that quiet, stress free place in my head to go to when life is a bit squirrely. In the past, nothing got stressed out quite like the holidays. Especially when I was hosting. This year however things were different. But it took lots of effort. When one of the boys left the water on in an upstairs bathroom and the tub overflowed leaving water stains on the kitchen ceiling, I just took a deep breath. Namaste. We fixed the plumbing side of things but the aesthetics remain. *sigh*. When my daughter accidentally soaked the sifter Thanksgiving morning almost making said pound cake not happen, I kept my cool and called my neighbor for a replacement. Aside from the 10 minutes we all held our breath until I reached her on the phone; no harm no foul. I plan to go to my special place often in the next 3 weeks. Life in my house can get more than just squirrely. It’s a down right jungle.
So there you have it. Do a recommend you do what I do? Not exactly. We are all different. You need to find what works for you. For example, I don’t have weight loss or weight/muscle gain goals at the moment. If I did, this would look very different. What I do recommend is that you take the time to come up with a plan. Standing over a table full of carbs at the company pasta competition (I just heard about such shenanigans from a client) is NOT the time to negotiate with yourself. Before temptation arrises, find a quiet place and consider your goals. Be honest with yourself about what you are willing to do to get there. Write down your plan and share it with someone; accountability is very important!
One last thing:
STICK TO THE PLAN.
Now take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay.