This Weeks Topic: Staying fit and healthy during the holidays
This Weeks Question: How do you manage diet and exercise during the holidays?
I don't do a whole lot of things different over the holidays than I do all the rest of the time. I try and keep myself doing the exercise that I would normally do, but I forgive myself if I miss something. Running is always number one for me, so I absolutely make sure I get my runs in, but I don't worry too much about weight training, cross training, etc. In the past, I've always had a January half marathon or marathon, so that REALLY kept me on track. This year I don't have that, but I still want to stay on task.
December can be the absolute hardest month to stick with the program. By the end of December, I know how hard it can be to get out there. This year, I have a 5 mile race on the schedule for mid-December, which should hopefully help.
As far as diet goes, I try to forgive myself. I've been working on trying to eat like a normal person, and normal people eat a lot during the holidays, right? That doesn't mean I pig out, but don't follow advice that suggests that I should eat before going to a party, or that I should only snack on vegetables. I do want to enjoy myself, so I just try and decide what exactly my body wants and what my mind needs in order to be happy, and go from there.
No, it's not easy, and no, it's not an exact science, and no, I'm not all that good at it. But, you know. I try...