• Denise Olson

Give Thanks, Forget Regret

How is it the day after Thanksgiving already?! The community at CrossFit Simsbury has been crushing it over the past few months. From PRs to weight loss, muscle gains to meeting performance goals; it’s clear that the group of individuals working out at CFS is hungry for success in and out of the gym. Historically, many people fall off track this time of year. Nutrition goes down the tubes, alcohol consumption is up, workouts become fewer and further between, and before you know it-you wake up on January 1 trying to piece together the events of the past six weeks that landed you where you are. Not.This.Year. I challenge each of you to keep your goals a priority over the holiday season. Is this challenging with so much going on and many more outside influences at play? Heck yeah it is. BUT a challenge = an opportunity for success. And here are a few things that will help you on your way:

  1. Stay committed to your fitness regimen. There’s literally zero excuse to miss out on fitness. If you can’t make it to the box, google “home WOD” or “travel WOD”….the options for what you can do with your body weight are endless. Even 10 minutes of fitness is better than nothing. Not to mention-the positive impact any kind of fitness has on your mood is not something to miss out on.

  1. Make or bring a healthy appetizer to your parties. You’d be shocked at how quickly the calories in appetizers like Pigs in a Blanket and a cheese board can add up. Skip over the appetizers completely or make/bring one that is healthy and nutritious. Try a color filled vegetable tray with some hummus or make veggie-stuffed mushrooms!

  1. Use the plate method. Somehow, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with “overindulging.” The holiday is about giving Thanks! Not eating until the button on your pants is digging into your belly. When you’re putting your plate together tomorrow, implement the plate method: fill ½ of your plate up with nonstarchy veggies (green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, etc). Then, fill ¼ of your plate with lean protein (turkey!!) Lastly, fill ¼ of your plate with a starch (mashed potatos, sweet potatos, etc.) Before going back for seconds, wait 15 minutes and drink some water-chances are, you aren’t still hungry…BUT if you are; head back and get some more veggies and lean protein-skip out on the starch.

  1. Hydrate! Whether your traveling or staying at home-fill that water bottle up and keep it with you. If you’re having a cocktail, sandwich it with a glass of water. Remember the goal is half of your bodyweight in ounces, so a 200lb male needs 100oz of water, minimum!

  1. Have a treat! And then move on. Whether it’s your Grandmother’s Pecan pie, your mom’s apple crisp or your homemade cookies; pick one dessert you are treating yourself to-enjoy every bite of it-and then put.the.fork.down. The trouble comes when a single treat, turns into a cheat meal, which turns into a cheat day, and then into a whole cheat weekend. Forget the idea about a cheat day; the only thing you’re cheating is yourself. Enjoy a treat, guilt free, and then get right back on track.

You guys have goals! These goals make you get up at 4:30 am to work out, come to the box after a long day of work, or have you weighing and measuring your food. Skip out on the regret come January; implement these tips and keep your goal a priority over the next several weeks. Who knows; you may even inspire some of your family members to make their health a priority! And that would be the ultimate gift. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a wonderful holiday with your families and enjoy the long weekend

Denise Olson

CrossFit Simsbury | CFS Kids & Teens Coach | CFS Nutrition Coach

Certified Health and Wellness Coach

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