Reader’s Request: Healthy Holidays

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning! I thought it would be fun to revisit this older post, and update it a bit to reflect the current holiday season. I’ve received so many questions about maintaining fitness goals and keeping consistent during the holidays, so I thought I’d share some tips. 

From a reader email:

I was wondering if you could do a readers request on a topic that I’ve been struggling with.  I have worked really hard over the last several months to build a lean, muscular figure and have lost the last few pounds and I was doing great and was focused.  Well, now the holidays are here and every morning I wake up, I say to myself, I’m going to stay on track, but then we end up at parties and dinners and I guess I just give in. How do you get through the holidays having fun, but striding towards living a healthy lifestyle?  Your opinion and thoughts/advice mean a lot to me, so anything would help.  If you have already done a post on something similar, could you just point me to it?  Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my message!

So here’s the dealio: I treat the holidays just like any other time of year, just a little more laidback than usual.

For me, maintaining my fitness is about being consistent over time. Whenever I want to *up* things, I do it during a non-holiday time of year (like the Winter Shape Up in late January or Summer Shape Up mid summer). 

December and early January is definitely an interesting season, especially when we’re surrounded with endless holiday desserts and reasons to skip out on the gym.

Here are some of my favorite tips on how to enjoy the holidays while maintaining your fitness success and sanity:

Tips for Maintaining Your Health and Fitness Goals this Holiday Season

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