I’m honestly not sure how it’s even possible but we are only six weeks away from 2019! I’ll let that sink because it alarmed me as well when I looked at the calendar. I don’t know about you all but 2018 has flown by. Does time go faster when you’re older or is it just me?
As we enter the Holiday season, motivation sometimes goes out of the window, which I totally get. Our routines are thrown out of whack, we are traveling, around family, and it’s just a little harder this time of year to want to eat healthy and workout. I know for me I struggle with finding the balance of enjoying the holidays and staying motivated with my fitness and wellness goals. It’s easy to say to ourselves that we can start over again in the new year but instead of starting over, focus on maintaining your healthy lifestyle throughout these next six weeks!
If you really think of about it, over the next six weeks we have three holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve! And I’ll even account for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, too. So in total five days out of the next six weeks are Holidays. If we spend all the other days staying motivated, eating healthy, and continuing our workout routine not only will we feel better but we will also not have to go down the guilty road we all go down when we’ve let our healthy lifestyle slip away.
I sat down recently to think about how I want to approach these last six weeks with more mindfulness and awareness and more motivation. Today I’m sharing a few tips that I’m going to use this year to help me to stay motivated during the Holiday season! Here’s to making the last six weeks of 2018 our healthiest yet!
create a movement
I love to pick a day of the week, typically Sunday for me, to sit down and pick out my favorite workouts to do and schedule them out each week. Most of the time during this time of the year many of you will be traveling but thankfully there are so many amazing workout options available everywhere you go. Apps like Daily Burn, Tone It Up, and Classpass offer so many options for someone on the go, so find one you love and take advantage of it!
I also love taking time during the holidays to work out with my family and friends. Instead of sitting around talking, ask your family and friends to take a walk or go for a run. Every Thanksgiving my family and I make it a point to get in a good sweat together. And it’s always so much fun.
WITH NEW WORKOUT GEAR
Motivation comes in all forms but there is nothing quite like a new pair of shoes to keep me excited and motivated to get to my workout done. I’ve been absolutely loving all of my Adidas shoes from Finishline.com. Not only are they great for everyday wear but they are perfect for all types of workouts, which makes them even more versatile. So go ahead and spoil yourself a little early this year, get yourself those shoes you’ve had your eyes on, then hit the ground running in them!
I’m wearing the Adidas Edge Bounce Running shoes in the color Core Black/Core Black/Night Metallic and these ones are my go-to shoes recently for any cardio-based workouts! They are supportive enough for me to run short distances in but also they stable enough for me to do HIIT in as well. I wore these throughout my entire week with Active Escapes while in Bali too! Love love love them. In the second picture below, I’m wearing the Adidas Originals POD-S3.1 in Grey One/Grey One/Clear Mint and these are amazing for walking, running errands, or more low-intensity workouts. I love the pop of mint on these shoes so much.
Mindfully + Intuitively
I love all the holiday food, like really really love it, but then I also really really hate the feeling of being bloated and having indigestion. Making an effort to fuel your body mindfully and intuitively will help keep you feeling healthy and motivated in these next 6 weeks.
Take a little extra time if you have it to meal prep some veggies or salad ingredients or a veggie soup to have it easily on hand when you’re starving. I know for me if I don’t have healthy options easily available that’s when it makes so much sense in my head to run down to my local burrito place because it will be faster than cooking a healthy meal at home. But stopping to realize that it really doesn’t take that long to cook something healthy and delicious at home can really make a world of difference.
And of course when your favorite holidays arrive use that time to enjoy the special meals and treats during those days but then when that day is over return to your healthy mindful eating habits. If you have tons of leftovers find healthier ways to eat them! It’s all about your mindset with eating.
Cultivating a gratitude practice always helps me feel more motivated and excited about my healthy lifestyle. I like to constantly remind myself of how I felt when I was unhealthy by focusing on how grateful I am to be healthy and able now to get to move my body + sweat, to be able to afford to fuel my body with healthy + nutritious foods and to get to do all the things I wish I could have done when I wasn’t at my healthiest!
If you don’t have a gratitude practice start by writing down 3 things every single day that you are grateful for. It’s that simple. Creating this practice will help make you realize all the good and positive things in your life and help you feel more motivated to finish out the rest of the year on a positive note!
Those are all my little tips for staying motivated during the last six weeks of the year! I hope you enjoyed this blog post!
I'd love to hear how you stay motivated near the end of the year in the comments below!
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