I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! Usually, I’m not one to rush the holiday season, but I am so ready for it this year.
My schedule is already filling up with holiday parties and get-togethers, and I’m sure you’re in the same boat, so I wanted to share two of my go-to tips for staying consistent over the holidays.
Ok, ok… I’m sure you’ve heard these kinds of tips one million times over the years, but these two, in particular, have helped me personally as well as my nutrition clients so much. They’re simple yet effective and definitely something to consider so you don’t totally throw in the towel with your habits this holiday season.
The first, and probably most important one for me, is…
1. You have to give a shit. ⠀
Excuse my English, but it’s the truth. I actually heard this on a podcast, it really hit home and has stuck with me for months now. ⠀
I was in a bit of a funk with regard to my exercise and eating habits. I had lost motivation, and… I dunno, I just didn’t care. But, at the same time, I was frustrated that I wasn’t feeling my best. ⠀
“Giving a shit” might seem like tough love, but this mindset has really worked for me. I mean, sure, I might not want to meal prep on a lazy Sunday or I’d rather watch TV than go to the gym, but I care about my health and goals, so I know they’re worth my time and energy. ⠀
Sometimes, you just have to put on your big girl (or boy) panties and do it. It’s not always easy, but giving a shit definitely helps motivate me to stay consistent! ⠀
2. Throw the idea of “perfect” out the window. ⠀
Perfection is self-imposed. It’s often based on what you “need” to do or a specific timeframe. ⠀
When it comes to healthy eating, there isn’t a “right” way to do it. If you think you need to “hit your macros” on the dot every.single.day or intermittent fast for exactly 16 hours to see results, BUT it’s stressing you out and making you miserable, those ideas of perfection are ultimately hurting not helping you. ⠀
Instead, consider more “imperfect” goals for yourself: ⠀
- Track only your protein and fiber for the day⠀
- Only track your macros Monday – Friday ⠀
- Instead of 16 hours, break your fast after 14 hours⠀
- Stick to fasting only on the weekend⠀
If you think “bending the rules” isn’t good enough, I’d argue that you’re wrong. Your approach may not be perfect, but maybe IMPERFECT will get you a lot further with your goals. And perhaps that perfection mindset is exactly the thing holding you back. Something to consider, right? ⠀⠀
Plus, when you’re flexible and find what works for you and your lifestyle, it makes it a whole lot easier to stay consistent!