It’s that time of the year. Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve straight after.
For me, from Christmas Eve up until New Year’s day, there’s going to be five days of complete crap eating. Thats how it’s always been. It’s the holiday season so why fight it, right? You gotta live and enjoy life. Because I’m not about to live in misery by skipping out on all this sort of stuff…lots of Christmas ham, turkey, lamb, beef and…cheesecakes, sticky date pudding and pavlova! You name it, I’ll be hitting it up for sure…saying NO to this stuff is crazy talk.
And I don’t want you to miss out either.
I’m not gonna stress over or regret it either. Why? Because it’s all apart of the process of enjoying life. And because you don’t always have to be perfect. Shit! No one’s perfect; perfect is total BS. This brings me to what I wanted to talk about today which is what will get you back on track after a ‘blow out’ week. I know a lot of people start feeling bad about how they eat and treat their bodies around this time of the year, so I want to share a few things I will be doing to get back on track, which I know will help you out.
Here are my tips…
1. Intermittent fast for 12-16 hours
I know fasting is nothing new. For a good year or so, I use to fast everyday for up to 12 to 16 hours. Instead I only fast when I feel I need to now. If I feast big, or have a few drinks the night before, I’ll always skip breakfast the next day. This will let my digestive system chill out a bit, and get my blood sugar levels back to par. Just try to make sure that when you do break your fast, you keep things under control. Eat as clean as you can for the first meal and keep things small-ish. In other words, don’t over do it by doubling up your meal. I will always recommend trying to go as low carb as you can before the big meal later on. This will minimize the damage even more.
2. Forget about it
What’s done is done. Whatever you did over the last couple of days, you can’t change now, so don’t let it bring you down. Often, people are a little too hard on themselves for enjoying life a bit too much. That is the wrong mindset to have. Never let the past keep you down because you have zero control over it. What you do have control over is what you do NEXT in the now…
3. Train heavy
Now this should be something you’re already doing! But if your taking in a huge overload of calories from feasting, one of the best things you can do is slap some weight on the bar and LIFT! Your body should be primed for it. When you got all this extra fuel coming in, you gotta make sure to burn it off right with some heavy lifting.
4. Condition hard
While lifting heavy should be a big focus, make sure you crank up your metabolism even more with some conditioning/fitness as well. Obviously our classes will take care of you if you’re here for the holidays, but if you’re away, select a few basic bodyweight movements and get to work: 40/20s, 30/30s, and of course tabata style 20 on, 10 sec rest x 8 sets.
Life is about balance. Give and take. Go hard – rest harder. Try to earn those extra cals your going to take in. And if you’re going to party hard, train harder and make sure to get back on track ASAP.
Hopefully this helps. Make sure you enjoy this time of the year.
Look forward to another big year ahead.
By: Matt Jones, InnerFight Performance Coach