Happy Halloween! This is my absolute favorite time of year! All my favorite holidays are back to back; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These last couple of weeks have been filled with The Haunted World, scary movies, trunk or treats & boo bashes, and all kinds of fun things. What it hasn't been filled with: treats or tricks of any kind.
In years past this time of year brought with it all kinds of unhealthy snacks like hot chocolate, candy, pumpkin spice lattes, pie, and all other sorts of things. This year my resolve to stay healthy is strong and I'm determined to come away from this season weighing less than when I went into it. That being said, I'll be the first to admit that I've struggled with this concept over the last month. It's taken me a while to get these seasonal habits under control and to stop myself from reaching for those pieces of candy or sugary treats. I've found a few things to help me stay on track.
Here's what I'm doing to keep myself in check:
- Set Goals. Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean that I can't meet my goals. It's important to keep making those goals and try to stick with it. Make sure you write them down and put them somewhere you can see them on a daily basis so you're constantly reminded of where you're at and where you're going.
- Plan ahead. This time of year I've got a lot going on with family and friends. I'm constantly on the go and sometimes it's hard to always be prepared when it's time to eat. Plan ahead. Always have a plan no matter where you're going or what you're doing. If you don't than it can be really easy to go get some fast food-which may not offer the healthiest choices.
- Come up with physical activities and challenges. Come up with some kind of physical activity that's going to keep you active. For example, check out my current challenge on Facebook. I find that the more people I can get involved is more people to help keep me accountable and vice versa. Being active during the holidays and the colder months can be hard. It's all too easy to talk ourselves out of going to the gym when it's rainy or snowy outside. Coming up with these challenges helps me follow through.