Without sabotaging your progress..

I can’t even believe that I’m writing this right now because we’re less than TWO WEEKS from Thanksgiving and I can’t even believe that 2018 is coming to a close. It’s been a hell of a year for me, the year CSB was born. A year of inspiration and encouragement and achievements and I’m so freaking excited to see what 2019 has in store. But before I get ahead of myself, lets chat about the elephant in the room .. the holidays.

It’s what’s on everyones mind. It’s the time that everyone looks forward to but secretly dreads. Well the good news is, you’ll probably survive. If you survive you’ll definitely be fine. The thing is, I know as well as you do that you want to be more than fine. You want to be great, you want to be confident, you want to enjoy this special time with friends and family. You definitely don’t want to be feeling guilty, or feeling like you need to miss out.

So, lets strategize how we’re going to survive the dreaded festivities, shall we?

First of all, this is NOT the time to say “fuck it” and “I’ll get back on it in January.” That’s a recipe for disaster. With a little planning and effort, I promise you we can get through this unscathed.

Meal prepping has never been so key. Allowing yourself your turkey dinner & pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving is no big deal. But a weeks worth of leftover pumpkin pie can be a problem. A glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres at a holiday party is fine, but lets keep it to once a week. The very next morning, get back on track. Plan each meal, and snack. The cleaner your week is meal by meal, the more you can indulge guilt free on special occasions!

Staying active throughout this time is key. Be even more diligent than usual about getting to the gym. Schedule it in 4-5 days a week throughout this time and stick to it. Try switching up your workouts to keep things interesting. A lot of specialty studios will offer the first class free and a lot of gyms are offering great deals at this time of year for signing up off-season, so if you’re budget conscious, you can kill two birds with one stone by being a “gym slut” ;)

HYDRATE LIKE A MO FO. Cocktails are not only caloric, but insanely dehydrating. Not only should you have a glass of water (with lemon for extra hydrating benefits) for each glass of wine (and ideally we’d keep to to a 2 glass type of evening but I’m not a total buzz kill) and DEFINITELY chug a full 20 ounces before you hit the hay. I’m serious, you’ll thank me later. So will your skin.

When you’re at a dinner or a party, hit the water and veggies first. If you’re at a sit down dinner, help yourself to (or ask) for extra veggies and then keep your carb portions smaller. Share dessert. And like I said, try to limit the alcohol. A sparkling water with extra citrus makes me feel like I’m drinking, especially when I’ve already been drinking. But for real, the more drinks you have, the more likely you are to say “screw it” so thats why I always suggest staying in control.

Last thing I’m going to say is, lets say you have that 3rd drink, you say fuck it, you have an extra piece of pie or you eat to capacity. Ok. That happened. Acknowledge it and move on. This part, I find, is the easiest thing to say and the hardest thing to do. But because you may have imbibed ONE NIGHT doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and have 6 straight weeks of madness. The next day, clean it up and keep it going.

Feel free to hit up the CSB FB group for real time tips, talk, and advice. Leave questions there and I’ll answer in real time and get excited for January because we’re going to do a CrazySexyChallenge, each week focusing on a different aspect of wellness.

Now, I want to hear from you, what’s your favorite part of the holiday??