They aren’t opposites.
What kind of idiot starts a new workout regime at the beginning of November? Yep, that’s right, me.
It’s a 12-week program, I’m about 9 weeks in, and it’s Christmas. Naturally that means I have to overeat, stop working out and hate myself right?
Here’s what you do:
If there’s anything the last few months have shown me it’s that consistency is key. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing before. That’s what I’ve been doing. It won’t be as easy. There will be moments when you think to yourself, is it really worth me getting out of bed the day after Christmas to workout instead of just staying in pyjamas all day? But decide and commit. Put on your workout clothes, and just go. The less you think about it, the better. Just commit to maintaining the routine.
Don’t panic if you eat too many slices of pie. A couple hiccups won’t derail your progress. Constant unhealthy grazing and a build up of unhealthy habits will delay it. I’d just say this: Don’t overthink things, and try to maintain the same eating habits you usually have. Eat the same breakfast if you aren’t brunching with family, eat the same lunch, and carry the same healthy snacks around with you that you’d usually do.
Seriously. Water is your best friend.
And yes, you know what, after all this, you might still find your pants are a little tighter, and you’ve gained an extra half a pound, but that’s okay. Ultimately none of that matters, and if you’re healthy generally, you’ll bounce back, promise.
/Femi, The Girl Who Hates Working Out
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