4 Steps to get Back on Track After Thanksgiving

Even with the best of intentions, most of us indulged a little more than we set out to over Thanksgiving. We promised not to drink as many cocktails, or eat as many desserts as we did. If you’re part of this group; you’re lamenting with us about how it just slipped right through your hands and into your mouths!

Today, we’re all still feeling bloated and maybe even a tad bit guilty for all of the calories and unhealthy food we indulged in and absorbed since last week.

Luckily, getting back on track after holiday eating is not as hard as we sometimes think it is.  Use these FOUR steps to get back on track right now.

1 –  Dump the guilt.  It won’t help you at all. You can’t fix the past, and you only have control over this exact moment and what lies ahead of you.  Don’t beat yourself up because you slipped up and ate a little more than you should’ve. Just like the song says, “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!” If you are beating yourself up today, you’re just wasting good energy. Commit right at this second to no more negative self-chatter, rid yourself of the guilt, and wipe your slate clean.

2 – Ditch any extra food. Even though we all feel wrong throwing away perfectly good food, our weight and health should always be our number one priority. Don’t save unhealthy, calorie-packed food that will tempt you at every opening of the refrigerator or pantry.! Give it away to a friend,  neighbor, or ask if you can bring it to your workplace.  Even if you end up having to dispose of the food, think of it this way, it’s going to a much better place than if you ate it.

3 – Revisit and Revise your Goals. If you overindulged, that could make your health goals seem out of reach at the moment. Don’t be afraid to revise your goals during the holiday season, and create a plan based on something you can stick to and achieve! This success will keep your goals in check, and also make your self-confidence soar because you were able to stay on track. Following a plan that isn’t reasonable for you during the holidays will only put your morale in the gutter, and derail your future efforts. You don’t have to ditch your lifestyle plan entirely, just modify it a bit! No one is perfect, so don’t expect that from the weight loss goals you set either. Nothing is ever set in stone or black and white. Remember that!

4 – A Healthy Meal and a Favorite Workout.  You are only a healthy meal and a workout away from getting back on track after holiday overeating. For extra motivation, take your favorite supplements, meal replacement, or cook your favorite meal that’s a part of your weight loss or lifestyle program. Turn up the speaker and blast some awesome music while doing an at-home workout, or hit up your favorite gym.  Diving right back in will do a world of good for your body, mind, and mood.

These four simple steps will help you get back on the Polar Express train to weight-loss town faster than you can say “New Years Resolution.”  Start right now, because you’ll be the envy of all your friends in January!

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