It is okay to do the minimum during the holidays. In fact, here is my advice to you during these times of stress and “busy”-ness.
1) Instead of worrying about weightloss goals, try to think about weight-maintenance! I know that when I worry about weight gain, I eat more. Trying to keep myself at the same weight calms my worry and I find that I keep my meals more reasonable.
2) Keep it moving! Stay on a routine, even if it is shorter or less intense. If you “always” workout three times a week, try to keep that up. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym, but keeping up the consistency will also help you stay on track. Aim for at least 30-40 minutes a few times a week!
3) Think healthy and fun! Show up at someone’s home with a beautiful cranberry dish instead of a plate of cookies. Drink red wine or beer instead of eggnog. Instead of full-fat eggnog, drink soy nog or lowfat. Enjoy a dessert, but just one per party (fill the rest of your plate with veggies and fruit). Decorate your home with lights, instead of making and eating the parts of a gingerbread house! In other words, you can enjoy your holidays without focusing on junk food.
Here are just a few ways that you can avoid a total health lapse! Let me know how you keep things at a minimum!