If so, you aren't alone. The average American eats more than an entire day's worth of calories during the Superbowl party alone.
So it's no surprise that we all wake up on Monday morning feeling a little....blah.
I always say that these things can be a one time fling or they can become your "thing." The choice is up to you, but these events can quickly create a slippery slope without you even realizing it.
Here are my top 5 tips to making sure your Superbowl party was truly just a one-time thing and to helping you get back on track with your health & fitness goals:
1.) You need a system.
And by system, I don't just mean a "gym membership."
Let me explain. Goal setting 101 is creating something that is specific and measurable. Simply paying $40 a month to have access to a gym isn't specific, and it isn't measurable....unless you're talking about the measurable amount of money you're throwing out the window each month ;)
Okay, I kid, I kid. Perhaps you are actually going to the gym. But do you have a PLAN? If you have determined that you are a "gym person," then what is your plan? Do you simply walk into the doors and gravitate towards whatever machine is calling your name that day? If so, you might need to put a little more time & effort into your system.
How will you get the most out of your membership? Is there a class you can attend consistently? Can you design your own plan doing your own research on utilizing strength training 2-3 times per week and cardio sessions 2-3 times per week? Would a personal trainer help you out?
I can't tell you what's best for you, only YOU know what's best for you. I just want to make sure you have a plan. Because mindlessly hopping on an elliptical while you text your best friend about margaritas for 30 minutes a few days a week isn't going to cut it ;)
Coach tip: If you want a system that gives you a full workout schedule and a personal trainer without the steep personal trainer prices, you should definitely check out Beachbody On Demand to see if it would be a good fit for you. You can take this to your gym using your smartphone and use their equipment to get the results you want. Plan + trainer + workout schedule = problem solved.
2.) Throw out the leftovers
Do you really need that leftover jalapeno popper dip? What about all those bags of chips?
The answer: No. You don't.
If you absolutely loathe the thought of throwing away perfectly good food, then offer to "donate" your leftovers to a neighbor or a friend or simply bring the leftovers to work to share. Very few people turn down free food ;)
3.) Bring IN the good stuff
I know you were JUST at the grocery store this weekend stocking up on party foods, but it's time to head back and stock up on the good stuff.
Load up your cart with fresh fruits, vegetables, & lean meats. Avoid all things that come in a bag or a package.
It definitely isn't rocket-science. We all know what to do here.
Sometimes you just have to rip it off like a band-aid. Ridding your house of the junk and stocking it back up with healthy foods leaves you with no option but to have healthy foods on hand when those cravings start calling.
4.) Consider a jump start
These aren't for everyone, but whenever I feel like I am in a true "rut" with my nutrition, I always turn to a short cleanse to get me back on track.
No, I'm not talking about the crazy juicing cleanses your mom used to do. And I'm not talking about the cleanses that leave you BFFs with your bathroom for a week, either!
I'm talking about a short 3-5 day challenge with a focus on really clean eating.
There's literally hundreds of these out there. Do your homework and find what is best for you.
You could even create your own, researching a vegetarian or vegan 3 to 5-day meal plan that focuses on tons of fruits, veggies, and vegetarian protein sources for a short amount of time to allow your body to naturally detox and get back on track with healthy eating.
My personal favorite is the 3-Day Refresh. It's only 3 days and it focuses on eating fruits, veggies, and healthy fats, along with vegetarian protein sources. I typically will easily drop 5 lbs of bloat in these 3 days and feel like a new, rejuvenated version of myself when I wake up on day 4.
5.) Grab a friend
Accountability really is the spice of life. I believe that every journey is not only more fun & enjoyable but more successful when you have a friend alongside you.
Your health & fitness journey is no different.
Find a friend who shares common goals with you in regards to health & fitness and help keep each other accountable. This can be face to face accountability in the form of "meet me at the gym at 6am!" or it can be virtual accountability in the form of "I better see you post a sweaty selfie on facebook or text me that gym selfie by 7am tomorrow!" Both are equally effective.
If your friends aren't picking up what you're throwing down, I'd be more than happy to provide you with that support & accountability and mentor you through your journey. And I do it for free. Simply fill out this form so that I can get to know you a little better and I'll reach out.
Don't let the post Superbowl BLAHs get the best of you! Create a plan ASAP using these 5 tips to get yourself back on track and regain control of your health. Remember, Spring is just around the corner (fist bump)!