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Thanksgiving is over, but this is just the start of the holiday season. The holidays are supposed to be about reflection, love, compassion, and gratefulness; however, this is often a time of anxiety, remorse, and obsession for many people. Especially those struggling with eating issues.
In my experience, the holidays used to mean severe anxiety, then guilt… all focused around food. I had a difficult time counting my blessings and being thankful during the times spent with family and friends. Throughout the years of my own recovery, there has been a slow transition to peace, enjoyment, and acceptance.
This Thanksgiving, I felt zero guilt at all after the meal. I built one plate of all my favorite foods. I did not restrict earlier in the day and I did not hold back on taking the foods that I most enjoy. The difference this year, is that I have 100% accepted where I am at, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the environment, and I happily enjoyed the delicious foods prepared by 3 generations of women in my family. These foods were made with love for all of us to enjoy together.
Here are some of the things I have done to transition the holidays from stress to contentment. These are tried and true strategies that I have used to calm myself and learn to enjoy the moment with family, rather than focusing on the food:
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Cold weather has set in… at least here in Michigan. If any of you are like me, you are not willing to let the cold temperatures damper your fitness routine. Of course, I absolutely love taking my workouts outside, whether it’s going for a run or doing a HIIT training session in my front yard (no shame, whatsoever). When the snow starts flying, and my yard is covered in ice, this is not really a viable option. Therefore, like many others, I become a gym and yoga studio rat.
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting in the quality workouts that you enjoy. If you are someone who likes to do yoga outside during the summer, try Bikram yoga to experience similar temperature sensations. If you enjoy doing tires, sled pushes, and other outdoor track-type workouts, find a CrossFit facility or a gym that features a functional fitness area – most of these places will offer the CrossFit style equipment you are looking for. If you enjoy doing sprints outside or simply going for a run, you can get on the treadmill. I know many people hate the treadmill; hence the name dreadmill. However, there are some things I actually like about it – you can mix up your workouts and training runs pretty easily; and you can simulate hills with a push of a button.
If you are someone that has had to move their running, sprint, hill, or HITT workouts inside, take a look at this awesome Best Treadmills of 2017 guide from reviews.com to see which treadmill may be the best fit for you! The team at reviews.com spent six weeks testing and evaluating 65 treadmills currently on the market; then after consulting with various experts, they compiled four stand out recommendations for walkers, runners, training, and best entertainment features. At the gym, I used to always jump around from treadmill to treadmill looking for the best one for my running workouts – no more! This guide does an awesome job breaking down how the team chose the best treadmills for the 4 categories, including speed and incline, horsepower, belt surface area, ease of transport, and more! This should make it easier for you to find the best treadmill at your gym or for your home to help you reach your goals all winter long!
Here are a couple treadmill workouts you can enjoy if you are moving your training inside:
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Starting a private practice is my proudest accomplishment so far in my professional career. I took a HUGE risk leaving my six-figure job in order to fulfill a lifetime goal of being my own boss. I also finally feel like I am helping people in the most ethical and honest way – and people are truly seeing results (which is the coolest thing ever)! However, going out on my own is also the scariest thing I have ever done! It is definitely not for everyone, but if you are interested in having your own private practice or business, read my six tips below on how to develop a private practice mindset.
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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