How to Survive the Holiday’s

November 27, 2014

How to survive the holiday’s is something that I hear about EVERY single year. It starts at Halloween with all of the candy, and it ends on New Year’s where everyone then freaks out about all the food they ate and sets a goal to “lose the weight” at the start of the year.

Well guess what? You DON’T need to survive the holiday’s. Yes, the title is very misleading, because I’m not here to tell you how to survive it. I want to tell you that you don’t need to survive the holiday’s. This time of the year only comes once a year. It’s a time to rejoice the Lord, spend time with the one’s you love, give thanks, and enjoy yourself with great food and better company.



A couple of celebrations will NOT kill you, and it will not derail your physique goals. There is no need to get anxiety about the holiday’s and all the delicious food being offered. If you aren’t prepping for a competition or something of that sort, just relax and enjoy yourself.

Some things you should do is:

  • Cherish time with your family. I don’t know about you, but this is one of the only times I get to see my brother. It’s literally only about once per year, so I’m going to make the most of it and drink wine with him and just have fun.
  • Be thankful that you get to celebrate these holiday’s. So many people around the world don’t get food for Thanksgiving, or any presents for Christmas. Some may not even have a roof over their heads. I’m so thankful that I do, and you should be too.
  • Indulge and enjoy yourself. I preach this all.the.time. but seriously guys, life is all about balance. No foods should be off limits, have a glass of wine, and have some dessert or something. I promise you won’t gain 30 lbs in one day.
  • On the other hand, just be mindful. You don’t have to eat an entire pie to yourself (unless you want to, YOLO), but have a slice. Fill your plate with turkey and veggies first, and then all of the delicious side dishes. That way you still get a good balanced meal.
  • Exercise normally. Don’t stress yourself out thinking you have to run 18 miles or something just because you are having Thanksgiving dinner. Getting in a good sweat is a good idea, but just go about it normally.
  • STOP STRESSING. Really. It’s so silly to stress over a time that should be cherished and enjoyed.



Love you all! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoy!


Have you ever stressed over the holiday’s?

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    1. Agreed! What a wonderful time of year – I think it’s fine to enjoy the holidays but overindulging (which is what I think most people end up doing) isn’t the best option either (which is why I like your “be mindful” tip! Thanks for sharing – Happy Thanksgiving

    1. Thank you! I swear… if I see one more post about how to survive the holidays or how to beat the holiday bulge, I may just scream. This is such a wonderful time of the year, and people ruin it by obsessing over calories and weight gain. One, two, or three meals aren’t going to derail you, annd psyching yourself up over it is just going to get you in trouble in the long run. Life’s too short and food is too good.

    1. Great tips…This Christmas I am using the week to relax and enjoy time with friends and family and I am not bringing home any workout apparel. My body needs a break and this is the perfect time to do it and I cannot wait. 🙂 Favorite side dishes at Thanksgiving are: turkey skin, stuffing, and sweet potatoes with the marshmallows on top! Gobble Gobble!

    1. YES please. About time that record is set straight..I swear the thought that ran through my mind countless times was “what are we surviving?”. A tornado? A hurricane? A lion attack? Seriously. I think that overthinking the whole process – which should be enjoyable and filled with lightness and laughter – can potentially sets us up for a miserable time, where if we just live and experience – we’ll be just fine 🙂 .

    1. Love this post! I couldn’t agree more with everything that you said. The holiday focus should be on enjoying time with loved ones, and life’s about balance – so a couple of extra cookies and glasses of wine here and there this month won’t kill anyone 🙂

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