OK, So You Indulged. Now What?

Who ate a lot of pie this weekend? **Raises hand**. Who ate a lot of turkey and stuffing this weekend?? **Raises hand**  Who went to the gym this weekend?? **Crickets**.

Yep, I’ll admit it, I went to three Thanksgivings this weekend. THREE. And I ate full meals at all of them — including desserts and wine. But with all of the travel mixed in with my work schedule, I didn’t have time for more than a quick at-home workout and a few hill sprints. No heavy lifting, no HIIT, no killer workouts. But you know what? I’m ok with all that, because I spent some amazing days with some amazing people who are very special to me, and I wouldn’t trade that for a workout ever. Priorities, people. 

But I know that there are some people who may have done something similar to me, and are now going crazy trying to figure out how to get back on track after going a little too wild at the turkey buffet.

And this blog is nothing if not for all of you, so here are my three tips for getting back on track after the holiday:

1. Stop thinking of it as getting “back on track”. This will only stress you out, and could make the process a lot harder than it needs to be. Just resume your normal, healthy life style, hit the gym, and move on. Focusing all of your energy on getting “back on track” will take away from what’s really important — your normal, healthy, every day life. Maybe you went a little more crazy than others and want to avoid dessert for a week or two. But whatever you choose, don’t stress about it. Healthy living is about your life as a whole, not your life for two days. 

2. Don’t Detox. Whatever you do, don’t detox. Don’t go on some silly juice cleanse that will leave you weak, disoriented, hangry and emotionally sloppy for 3-7 days.

Nobody wants a crying, raging lunatic around, especially one who can’t stop complaining about how fat she must be after eating so much. (News flash: it’s not true). And it’s not fair for you to put other people through that just because you ate a lot of pie.

Just get back to your normal life — eat whole foods, drink a lot of water, and smile at strangers. All of these will help, I promise.

3. Take a step away from the mirror. I’m pretty sure you didn’t gain five pounds in one day. I’m pretty sure your thighs are not any bigger after Thanksgiving dinner — if your pants feel a little snug, it’s likely water retention. Stop pulling at your lower belly or checking out your bum every time you pass a mirror. They are not bigger, I promise. You are the only one who can see the pie that you ate, because it’s all in your head. Take a step away from the mirror, resume your normal life style, and move on. That mirror will be there when you’re feeling a little better about yourself, but if all it’s doing is allowing you to beat yourself up, it’s not your friend right now.

Readers: What are your tips for getting back on track after a day (or three) of indulgent eating? Do you find yourself wanting more sugar and other treats after a holiday? Did you make it to the gym over the holiday weekend? 

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5 thoughts on “OK, So You Indulged. Now What?

  1. When coming off of a holiday, especially one where (at times) mass food quantities are eaten, I just keep moving on. Frankly I don’t worry about it, and just pick right up where I left off. It’s not worth the worry.

  2. Great post! I love the suggestion of not thinking about it as “getting back on track”; it totally does add more stress, and in my experience it’s made me feel like I needed to be more restrictive with my eating for a few days, which is NOT good.

    I like to get in a good sweat, just like any other day. It helps me feel like I’m sweating out all that food, and why not put those extra calories to work? I make an effort to drink more water. Again, I feel like I’m flushing out the extra sodium and water.

    Aside from that, I do just as you say. Accept it for what it was and move on! I definitely find my cravings for sugar and sweets to be much higher after a weekend full of food, so my willpower often gets a good workout the following week as well! 😉

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