How to Stay Fit During the Holidays: Tips and Tricks

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

Baby its cold outside..

Motivation LACKS major during this time of year..I mean its cold, your busy, shopping looks 100x more fun then going to the gym and stress..wowee the word stress is an understatement during the holiday season..

But really, let’s be honest here, this is the MOST IMPORTANT time to workout. As we all know, stress levels reduce when we workout, we feel more confident and at ease after an intense sweat session and those excess calories well..let’s just pray they go to our bootys and not our mid sections!

It is SUPER easy to lose motivation during this time of year I get it..that is why so many people hop on the train come January out of guilt for having more alcohol, comfort food and decadent desserts from Thanksgiving to New Years.

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

This might come to a surprise to some of you but I lost some body fat this past month..yes with Thanksgiving, my husbands birthday, my moms birthday and the sorts I got a little peak of my abs back. I made the choice to intensify my workouts with the Bombshell Angel Program, use the Bombshell Angel Carb Cycle Meal Plan and not once did I feel left out or sad when out to eat because I just planned accordingly. Yes, I planned for the holiday season..I knew that indulgences, vacations and birthday dinners were happening so I knew that I would need to intensify my workouts a bit to make my goal of tightening my waistline happen.

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays: Tips and Tricks

With that, I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for staying fit and trim during the holiday season. If you work from home most of the time like me, I know how easy it is to get distracted and worry about posting on the blog, online shopping for presents for the family and the stress of trying to explain to the older generation what it is you do to make a living because how can creating online programs for people make money when they don’t come to you..lol. Taking all of that in and trying to get everything out and ready for the New Year can be overwhelming to say the least… I want to share with you my top tips for making health and wellness easy for you during this time of chaos!

  • Take a DEEP breathe before you eat: When you take a step back and a deep breathe magic happens in your brain. Literally you can take a moment to prepare your body for the feast, you can connect with yourself and get yourself chewing your food instead of inhaling it, stopping to enjoy the bite of pie instead of shoveling the whole thing down, trust me when I say take that deep breathe, it makes the world of difference.
  • Enjoy the MEAL and the COMPANY: When you CHEW your food your body is able to digest all the delicious nutrients you are about to enjoy, it also helps you feel full faster and helps you to taste the food! Ever notice a meal go by so quickly you almost forget what you ate and what it tasted like. Not anymore! Chew your food, taste it, move it around your mouth and enjoy! I like to put my fork down in between bites and enjoy the loved ones around me!

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

  • Do a HIIT workout or Bombshell Angel Workout every AM: Get that metabolism FIRED up and MOVE your body the day of. Wake up early and do a quick 20-30 minute HIIT workout. Not only will this rapidly increase your metabolism it will put you in that HEALTHY mindset, the one you want to be in when you hit dinner feast time. Try this no equipment booty workout or my quick effective travel ab workout! If you want to jump into the Bombshell Program it is available and will be sent straight to your phone via an app! Join the party here.
  • Eat soups and drink smoothies: Eating a large meal out is hard on your body, it takes a lot of work for your body to digest food. The day of a big meal or when I know I am going out for a birthday dinner, I like to have a protein smoothie in the morning with at least 25 grams of protein, lots of veggies and some healthy fats like flaxseed oil or avocado or even coconut oil. This gets your body up and ready to burn some fat and moving the carbs out of your morning breakfast keeps your body in fat burning mode. For snack and lunch I either have another smoothie with a bit less protein or a bone broth based soup with tons of veggies. This filling food is EASY for your body to digest but will give you all the nutrients you need so you don’t feel RAVISHED at feast time. Starving yourself is NOT the answer!
  • Drink 3 liters of water BEFORE the out to eat meal: If you are like me you probably have a few glasses of wine during a holiday gathering, nothing wrong with that. I always make sure I am super hydrated though so I don’t have that hangover the next day #1 and #2 I like to be super hydrated so I am again not STARVING at feast time.

How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

  • Have a Goal and a Plan: Weird, but setting a fitness related goal before New Years is SO motivating! Whether it’s trying to do 10 push ups in a row or pull ups (like my internet bestie Annie), these types of goals take the pressure off the dieting but keep you committed and excited to reach a goal! I really love completing a goal before the new year, it kind of sets the tone you know? This year it is all about the deadlift for me, I am really trying to get my weight up, I am at 145 lb right now but really want to hit 165 by the new year..we will see!
  • Commit To Yourself and Feel It: When you commit to making yourself a better being and really decide that that’s exactly what you want, somehow, someway all the tools you need just kind of come to you if you keep your eyes open to them. The other day I was checking out one of my favorite bloggers Shannon over at Champagne At Shannon’s and she was chatting about joining a gym so I got her set up with a program to make that goal a reality! Just put it out there and make sure you associate a “I want to feel..” with that commitment and it will manifest itself!

Now that you have all the motivation to make your commitment to yourself and float through the holidays with some goals and a different attitude I want to invite you to take advantage of The Fit and Fabulous Club right now and rock the Bombshell Angel program with all of us! Come Sweat with Me and the rest of the club 🙂

So I wanna know..

  • What stops you from working out during the holidays..?
  • What are your goals for 2017? I have so many I need to simmer down and really think/strategize!

  • This is such a motivating post! I love all the messages you have talked about. I definitely need to get back into work out node and you are absolutely right that having a goal in mind is how to best achieve this!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

    • Thank you April! I am really big into goal setting it really sets the tone especially a performance type goal versus a weight loss one really keeps the motivation going strong!

  • tayloraube

    I love all of these tips and your body looks amazing! I can’t wait to join the bombshell team to get all of your tips and workout plans. You are SO awesome!
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

  • Shelbi

    Love your tips! I think feeling overwhelmed with the holidays keeps me from working out, I usually work out in the afternoons but think I’m going to try to do it in the morning. Even though I’m not a morning person if I get it out of the way first thing I can’t make up excuses to get out of it!

    • Seriously working out in the morning is a game changer during the holidays since the days are shorter and by the end of it you are exhausted!! Try it and let me know

  • I’m definitely going to do the 3 Liters of water trick AND start doing this ab workout. i figure if I start now… hopefully I’ll have abs like yours when pool season hits! #BodyGoals

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

    • Hehe girl I got you!! You are so sweet and thank you for taking these awesome photos for me

  • Alexis F

    Ugh staying fit outside when it’s super cold is SO hard, you’re right! I love your tips about relaxing & enjoying company and also drink the 3 liters of water- that’s so important! I’ll definitely be using these tips, as I’m trying to get in tip top shape for my wedding!

    thanks for the tips!!
    xo
    Alexis
    http://www.southendstyle.wordpress.com

    • Hey Alexis! Congratulations on your engagement, getting ready for your wedding is so much fun! I’m actually launching a wedding workout program this year if you are interested let me know please contact me Courtney@starsystemz.com

  • These tips are so great! I definitely needed them. Bookmarking this, for sure!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  • I’ve been really motivated to work out lately which is kind of weird for me haha. And because of that I’ve had an easier time avoiding foods that aren’t worth the calories to me. These are great tips, I especially love the one about drinking water before going out to dinner!

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

    • Thanks Jamie! Not weird at all personally I push my limit during this time to get ready for the new year and feel really good starting the new year!

  • debbie_savage

    You are a bombshell! Please, come and train me! I will do whatever you say!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  • Definitely needed to read this! Especially in the season of holiday party, cold weather, and just overall wanting to stay in and cozy up. In fact, this week has been that with all the holiday events! I love the idea of taking a deep breath before dinner / events and that mind body connection. Also, it’s amazing how quenching thirst can really combat hunger! PS – LOOOOOOVE the neon yellow!!! x Shannon

    • Thanks Shannon I love this outfit as well something totally different from what I normally wear but trying to buy some different types of brands and clothes to switch up my style a bit! Xo

  • Been hearing so many good things about the Bombshell Angel Program. Is ths a sign? Also, you look fabulous! Love the pop of neon.

    xx Daphne
    http://daphneverzosa.com

    • Haha I think it is you should sign up its my favorite program I’ve created thus far! Thanks for the love Daphne

  • Christie Moeller

    Such great tips! Thank you- now if I can just walk away from Christmas Cookies…so hard….

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party

    Amazing tips! I have been trying to drink more water like you said so I don’t just randomly snack. Thanks for the tips babe
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • thank you Jenna!! I always tell my clients to reach for water before a snack just to check in! Try that out <3 xo C

  • Lucy Rosewood

    Glad I found this blog!
    http://www.swaggr.co.uk

  • You look fantastic Courtney! I love reading your blog and all the helpful advice that you give. Your passion for staying healthy is so evident here!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

    • Thank you April! I truly LOVE what I do, I live, breathe and think about fitness all day everyday haha thank you for the love!!

      xo C

  • Gisel Luna

    I LOVE these tips! It’s so hard to be fit even though we’re probably eating DOUBLE than the rest of the year now. I try to keep my portion sizes small, and use MyFitnessPal to keep on track. My main goal for 2017 is to be consistent and do more yoga – it’s such a healthy practice!

    Gisel // http://www.mintandthrift.com

    • thats great Gisel! Do you track macros or calories, the most important thing is to make sure you get enough of all the nutrients you need and not so much worry about the calories!! Sending love for an awesome yoga filled 2017 xo C

  • These are such great tips! I’ve been slacking since it’s gotten cold this year, but the new year is motivating me to return to the gym!
    xx
    madeehasyed.com