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For many of us, the holiday season often becomes a time when we let loose and indulge in things we normally wouldn’t and skip the gym more often than we normally would.  There are office parties, and friends’ parties, and holiday dinners where desserts, empty carbs, and cocktails are free flowing. If that weren’t enough, the cooler temperatures and shorter days make staying in more appealing where it’s cozy and warm, instead of going outside to be active. Add holiday travel to that list, and you’ve got a recipe for a health and fitness disaster where the holiday weight really adds up.

The holidays can feel like an invitation to put your health and fitness on the back burner. It can be tempting to let things slide. “Just one more cookie!” I’ll get to the gym…tomorrow.” “One drink won’t hurt me.”  “I’ve already cracked and had that piece of fudge, may as well enjoy myself and eat whatever I want for today.” And it’s true that each of these on their own would not totally blow up all the work you’ve done this year. After all, you don’t have to be perfect to make progress. But just like every good decision builds upon the last one, poor decisions can do the same, snowballing until you wake up January 1st and are bummed out that your clothes are now fitting tight and feel like a blob.

This holiday season I challenge you to commit to keeping one fitness promise to yourself. Don’t let one bad decision become a week or month of bad choices. Now is not the time to let things slide. There are solutions to every holiday challenge you might face. Check out last year’s Dark Horse Guide to Surviving the Holidays, or this year’s guide, Survive the Holidays with New Traditions. If you think you need more help with accountability, kick it in gear with one-on-one coaching.

Or, put a jar on the counter, and set a steep consequence, like $20 goes in the jar for each unhealthy decision you make.  Come January, hopefully all that is in there is enough for a t-shirt, but if not, now you’ve got a stash of cash for some nutrition coaching to get yourself back in gear or instead, a new piece of gym equipment to keep at home for those days when you can’t make it in.

We want to see you succeed! So stay focused. Make health and fitness a fun part of your holiday season.  Make the choice, and you’re halfway there!

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