Ah, the Holiday Season is in full swing. This is my favorite time of year. The lights. The fun gatherings. Time with friends + family. Watching holiday movies. Delicious treats. The massive amounts of calories that add up to that obnoxious holiday weight gain.
Yeah, that last bit is the part of the holidays I’d like to skip right over. Just a wild guess, you’d like to avoid that part too?
If my guess is correct, then you are in the right place my friend. I have some sensational news for you! There is a way to make it through the holiday season without gaining weight. Without feeling like a sludge-meister. Without spending so much time in the gym it becomes your second job.
Here’s the best part—it’s simple + it works.
Today I’m sharing with you the three C’s to avoiding the dreaded holiday weight gain. These are the same tips that Team Skechers will be focusing on through the Holiday Season at Skechers HQ.
#1 – COMMIT
You want to be super-fit? Feel incredible? Be ridiculously healthy? Then you must embrace one simple truth. The key to your success lies in your mindset + beliefs. So, this is where we start.
Commit to your vitality. Commit to treating your body well. Commit to the right choices over what’s easy. Commit to eating to fuel your body. (Well, most of the time, we all need to indulge occasionally.) Commit to being a Health Superstar.
Commit. Recommit. And then commit again. Every dang day. We tend to be our own worst enemy. Do not “negotiate” with yourself.
#2 – CONSISTENCY
Overdid it at the Thanksgiving table? Had an extra serving (or two or three) of your Aunt Debbie’s famous pumpkin pie? Skipped a workout or two? Come in closer so I can tell you something… It’s okay.
Being fit + healthy isn’t created in one day or at one meal. It’s about the long haul. Let’s stop with the guilt and beating ourselves up. Instead, stay consistent and get back to it!
Do not add to the stress of the holidays by setting unrealistic expectations on yourself. Even doing a five-minute workout can jack up your metabolism and keep you on track.
Not sure what kind of workout to do? You’re in luck! Here’s a super quick metabolic-blast workout video for you to try:
Let me wrap up this “C” by adding that the people that get results are the ones who stay consistent. You can count on that.
#3 – CARBS
This tip is one of my best secrets for getting my clients amazing results when it comes to shedding weight.
You must EARN your starchy/sugary carbs.
If you’re scratching your head right now and feeling lost, let me break it down for you. I like to split carbs into two main categories.
- Fibrous carbs = plant-based foods
- Starchy / sugary carbs = foods made with flour (cookies, cereals, bread, pasta), rice, potatoes, or sugars (from fruits, sweetened beverages, desserts)
You want to lean out + transform your body? Give this a try:
Only eat starchy / sugary carbs within two hours after working out. Again, this strategy is for someone who is looking to shed excess weight.
Before you sit down to that ginormous holiday meal. Before you go to a party with tempting treats. Before you go out for drinks with friends. Have a sweat sesh beforehand so your body can use the carbs you eat, rather than store them as fat.
Try that quick workout video embedded above the next time you need to “earn” some carbs.
There you have it! Give these 3 C’s a try and make this holiday season fabulous.
Focus on the magic of the season. Spend time over the holidays connecting with others. Be intentional about which holiday treats you will indulge in. Have fun + laugh a lot—it looks amazing on you.
On behalf of myself and everyone at Skechers,
Happy Holidays Team!
I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Post and let me know how you keep yourself on track during the Holiday Season.
Alicia Murphy is a fitness expert for people who want to get ridiculously healthy by training their stress response. She also trains Team Skechers on site at their headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California. Through her totally addictive HAPPYness Hours, free challenges + virtual programs, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to stress—and learn to use it as a tool to achieve your health goals. When she’s not coaching, you can find her running on the beach or hanging out at Disneyland with her son. Meet Alicia + transform stress into your SUPERPOWER at StressMonkee.com.