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Holiday Coma Reset

After riding the holiday train for the last month, we are now officially into our second week of January. After all the sugar-laded foods, alcohol, copious parties and engagements, the first week of January likely had a bit of a rough landing for most of us. Some of us may still have one foot on the train, not quite ready to leap off and jump back into our regular routine. Hitting the reset button is like getting a fresh start and isn't as daunting as it seems. Make small daily changes and over the course of one week, you’re back to your pre-holiday routine!

Small Change 1: Ridding the kitchen and pantry of the leftover goodies. These are the cookies and chocolates you’ve received as gifts or just snacks that you accumulated over the month of December in preparation for entertaining during the holidays. Many of us will think “well I don’t want to waste it”; having this mindset will always get us into trouble. Remember that it’s just processed food and can be replaced, we don’t need to stockpile it! Get rid of it :)

Small Change 2: Go grocery shopping and shop the perimeter of the market (with the exception of the bakery). The perimeter is where you will find your necessities (your perishables); these are your produce, your meats, your eggs, your dairy (if you consume dairy). Start cooking at home again, know what is going into your meals, which will give way to meal prepping again!

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Small Change 3: Hit the gym. First workout after the holidays is always the toughest, ask anyone. Once you get this monkey off your back, things will start feeling better again! We promise.

PROTIP: Make that first reservation for a class and stick to it. If you make a reservation and no show because you are having a hard time getting your butt off the couch, find a workout buddy so you have an accountability partner. We’re all in this together.

Our mantra with respect to setting goals and making changes has always been that small changes and small goals over time amount to big changes and big goals. So that’s it: three small changes and you will be on your way back to your regular routine.

Oh Happy Holidays

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December is always a tough month mentally, emotionally, physically. Between the non-stop arrival of gift baskets of goodies at the office, year end deadlines, to holiday parties, christmas concerts and events, out of town relatives visiting or the perpetual cooking, cleaning, it’s very easy for your regular routine to fly out the window. We’ve all been there. As rhetorical as it sounds, carving out some of that time for yourself is a real life saver.

You may not be able to get to the gym as frequently as you regularly would or as often as you’d like, but going in once or twice a week is better than none at all. Try your best to continue working out at your regular time and stick to as normal a diet as possible; avoid the mentality that all is lost in December. Stock your home with healthy options, so that those will be your go-to and then eat the treats you are bound to receive in moderation.

These next few weeks will probably entail copious amounts christmas shopping, baking, decorating, or endless holiday events, be it parties, family gatherings or friends you haven’t seen in awhile cashing in those “we should get together sometime.” As much as the holidays are tough on your body, it’s a mentally stressful time of the year as well. Lower your expectations of yourself. We would all like to fit EVERYTHING in, but we are human, there are only a finite amount of hours in a day and YOU deserve some of those hours. Alleviate some of that added stress by committing to things you WANT to do and don’t see as a chore; if it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a hell no.

The holidays only come once a year and you should enjoy them! In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take some time for yourself and remember that self care is not selfish!