The Holidays are fully upon us. Christmas music blaring from department store radios, Holiday themed fashion statements grace the covers of our favorite magazines, and pumpkin spice flows freely. You have 100 and one things to do, only a small amount of time to get everything done and you lack the energy to keep moving forward. After December 25 there’s that dreaded week before New Years where you have to compose end of the year reports, entertain kids who are off of school for a week and already bored with their overpriced Christmas presents while trying to figure out where 2016 went. I mean seriously guys this year flew like a rocket into space. I still need to create my floating Christmas tree (yes my tree will be floating this year, I can’t wait to send pictures) bake dozens of cookies and finish more work than I did all year. How in the world can I boost my energy during the Holidays?
Limit sugar intake
Sugar everywhere and not a drop to drink. Lol, I don’t think that makes any sense, but I wanted to write it anyways. Almost everyone looks forward to the time of the year where long lost Aunts and Uncles send you their famous treats that you can’t resist lapping up in total disregard of your current weight desires. We have all experienced an exhilarating sugar high, you feel euphoric and have the energy to take on the world sadly it only lasts for an hour at best, then that dreaded crash comes, and you feel lethargic and desperate for your next fix. I’m all for indulging, but when comes to boosting your energy opt for a healthy well-rounded diet that includes carbohydrates, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables.
Don’t eat late night
You’ve been running all day and you finally have some time to yourself. This is the time that usually gets me in trouble. I can ruin a perfectly good day of healthy eating by losing control and stuffing my face full of goodies way past my bed time. This is a pretty easy concept to grasp, so I’m going to have a little fun with the delivery. Late night eating = stored fat and calories = weight gain and lower energy. If you need more check out this article
Sleep Sleep Sleep
Am I the only person that wishes there were a few more hours in a day? An extra 2 hours would go a long way in my life. I have a hard time getting more than 5 hours of sleep, I should be ashamed to admit that but I know I’m not alone. I’m going to try to get 6 hours over the next few weeks, 8 hours sounds like a dream but it’s also a little far fetched with my current schedule and life goals. Try your best to get more sleep this Holiday Season, even if you can’t get the recommended 8 hours.
Who has time to bust out an hour in the gym nowadays? Even I’ve cut back on my gym time opting to workout at home instead. I’ve incorporated long walks, challenging hikes, and threw some youtube fitness into the mix my youtube fitness videos of course 😉 Time is of the essence during the Holiday Season so get your body moving. A 10 minute walk provides a 2 hour energy boost! That just crazy talk.
I’m getting used to saying no and man I love. I love the way NO rolls off of my tongue, sometimes I say it slowly making sure to enunciate that beautiful one syllable word. Sadly I’ve been saying No to things I really want to do. Like chatting with my friends, going to happy hour, or an impromptu ice skating invitations. My current schedule just doesn’t allow time to participate. Tonight I’m going to my a book club meeting, this weekend I hope to see my best friend we will probably laugh all night a drink way too much, and Sunday I’m doing a Christmas brunch/hike with my crew. Find your balance, set your boundaries and preserve your energy for the most important person in your life… YOU.