Okay, for most of my readers, it’s now the day after Christmas and home of the epic food ( and maybe booze ) hangover.
Whether you have gone into full tummy shock and had black coffee and guilt for every meal since or if you’re choosing the ‘bury my head in the cheesecake’ route – there’s something I need you to know.
Christmas with family, friends and people we love is important. There is a good chance in ten years time you’ll remember something special about this holiday. It probably won’t have anything to do with the protein/fat/carb/calorie content of what you ate. Life is important. Celebrate it.
If you’ve dared venture onto the scales today, you might be a little horrified, but this post from PauloSportz (if you don’t follow him on facebook you should) sums up my thoughts on it pretty precisely 🙂
So, when you choose to bring yourself back to your normal shape or return to your health adventure, what can you do?
Stop eating. I’m not being silly, of course I still want you to eat – but maybe pack away the ‘Christmas foods’. Freeze, toss away or feed to others any leftovers, onward gift sealed items and make a resolve that holiday eating is marvellous but done.
To help with the extra water your body accumulated in dealing with more carbs than normal – get stuck into drinking water. At least 2.5 litres each day, more if you are larger/overweight, if it is hot or if you are training. This will help regulate your fluid levels and fight the fluid retention.
Move it! Chances are that either you, your kids, your partner, your dog or your neighbour received a gift that involves the outdoors and/or moving. These public holidays are a GREAT time to get out there using them. Moving will help get over that sluggish feeling we get when we eat more or differently than normal. Aim for an hour minimum of active movement each day. Plus it’s awesome. This is where our memories are made!
Get snoozing! Did you know that much of our recovery, weight loss, muscle repair and growth all happen while we are sleeping? Between midnight gift-wrapping and 5am gift-wrap-tearings we are all a bit sleep deprived. Getting at least 8 hours sleep will speed up your journey back to the pre-Christmas body.
Breathe. The holidays were worth it. Celebrating with your loved ones was worth it.
Joy is worth it.
We have a whole year of kicking ass ahead of us. I really look forward to having you along for the ride with me.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!