How to stay MOTIVATED during the Holidays

After the end of our Whole Life Challenge I was worried that we’d fall off the wagon and fall back into old habits. Luckily, we’ve done pretty well. We did splurge quite a bit last weekend, but on Monday we were back on track.

However, with the holidays coming temptation to slack on our diet and workouts is HIGH. There are going to be parties and treats and family dinners all the time. But, we don’t want to lose all the progress we’ve made. So here’s how I plan to stay MOTIVATED during the holidays.

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Hopefully my tips will help you stay motivated too!

PLAN A RACE

(or other event that you have to train for)

How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays - sign up & train for a FUN race via @Ash_and_Diz

Guess who’s running the Tinkerbell Half Marathon again?
My Momma and I are signed up and we are SO excited! We had a BLAST this year. It was by far the most FUN race we’ve ever ran!
There’s no better way to ensure that I keep my mileage up than signing up for a half marathon! I’ll be doing a modified training plan since I plan on still doing CrossFit. I’ll have to chat with Tyson on modifying a running & CrossFit training schedule for me.
Tyson is also planning a strength competition (for all the local CrossFit gyms) for January. And I am SO STOKED. I love the strength WODs. Pick up something heavy lots of times. You got it, Coach. If I want to compete (and do well) I’m gonna have to keep up my workouts. That’s a no brainer!

PLAN AN EVENT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

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We just found out (well… we decided as a family) that we are going on a cruise in February to the Eastern Caribbean. We’ve been to the Western Caribbean twice before and LOVED it. Well… knowing we’ll be spending the majority of our time in our swimsuits is REALLY good motivation!

Also… that dress (we call it the Snooki dress) is a HUGE motivator for me. You can bet your booty that I’d like to wear that dress again. It’s not a dress that gets into the regular rotation of workout clothes and scrubs. I’ve worn it ONCE (and that’s on the last cruise). During the Whole Life Challenge, when I was weighing myself obsessively and the number on the scale wasn’t budging, I tried it on. I got it on, it was a little snug through the tummy and legs, BUT it zipped. lol. I haven’t put it on since, but I’d LOVE to wear it again, and have it fit comfortably. It’s just one of those dresses that just makes me feel GIRLY and pretty and sexy all at the same time.

TAKE BEFORE & AFTER PICTURES

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(Pardon my language) Screw the scale.
It has caused me SO much grief over the years and I am now FINALLY enjoying life minus the scale. There are so many other things that can show success with diet and exercise. For instance, BEFORE & AFTER pictures. Or Measurements. That was my biggest lesson during the Whole Life Challenge. I may not have lost much weight but the measurements and pictures proved that my hard work paid off! You could even use a pair of jeans (or other item of clothing) as a measuring tool. Have a pair of ‘skinny’ jeans you want to wear again? Keep those handy and try them on every week and monitor your progress that way. Let those be your motivation!

INDULGE WISELY

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That girl is coming to visit tomorrow for 2 whole weeks. And to be honest… a Janae-trip would not be complete without Yogurtland.
It’s the holiday season, we are surrounded by food during this time of year. BUT that doesn’t mean we have to eat ALL of the HOLIDAY things. Just because it has snowflakes on the red & green foil wrapper doesn’t make it special. The folks at Whole9Life had a wonderful article about indulging during the holiday season, check it out. If I indulge I want it to be WORTH it. Eating a bunch of candy, just because it’s in a holiday wrapper does not make ANY sense. I can eat candy at ANY time of the year. I’m an adult. I can buy it myself. Just because it’s sitting on the kitchen counter at work doesn’t mean I HAVE to eat it.
NOW… the things that I am PLANNING on indulging on include my Mom’s stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. My Mom makes the BEST stuffing. I refuse to miss out. And I will have fro-yo with Janae (probably a few times if I’m being honest). So far… those are the only things on my list. It’s only November 18th so I’m sure that list will grow (but not by much).
My point is, don’t suffer through the holidays by cutting out EVERY single treat or savory food. Enjoy this time of year with your family, and that includes indulging here and there. Just don’t eat EVERY single treat that someone offers you. Remember, you have jeans to fit into (or a bikini or a ‘Snooki’ dress).

and last but not least -

MAKE WORKOUTS A PRIORITY

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Sure… you have a ton of holiday parties and events to attend. Yes, you are busy. Yup, you need to go shopping, and wrap presents, and do all sorts of things. Your schedule is FULL. So, while you’re looking at that very full schedule, go ahead and schedule in your workouts, too. They deserve just as much attention and are just as worthy of your time as all your other events.
I never have an issue with getting my CrossFit workouts in. I’m at Elevated CrossFit 4-5 times a week. Always. Now… my runs. ehh. Those can be skipped a lot easier in my sleepy-headed state at 5 am in the morning. Especially when it’s cold and my bed is SO warm and I’m snoodling with Diz & Olivia. Now that I have a half marathon in 2 months I need to get my butt out of bed 3-4 times a week and put some mileage on those legs of mine.
Wanna know what does help me get out of bed in the morning to go for a run (or a CrossFit WOD)?
Having a closet full of workout clothes. That probably sounds silly – but – it works for me. I have a TON of workout clothes. And shoes. It’s a sickness really. I’m always on the lookout for new workout clothes.

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I feel like I should be embarrassed by the amount of workout clothing I have. (and the amount of shoes…) I really do need some more cold weather gear. Well, cold weather bottoms. All my stuff is boot cut or wide legs, and when it snows/rains here, my pant legs get soaked and it defeats the purpose of staying warm. That or I will treadmill it all winter. It’s always fun to people watch at Gold’s Gym.
Some of my favorites include:
-my new ECF gear. Tyson did a great job of designing the new logo and picked out great colors! (and they match all my Reebok gear!)
-I had a few great runs in my new SmoothFlex Runs (the bright orange ones – technically the color is Vitamin C) and they are SO comfortable. I get a ton of comments on how bright they are. I usually respond that they make me more visible in early morning runs and/or they make me run faster. One lady commented that I looked like an Olympian because all the Olympians run in bright colored shoes. Ya know my 9:00 min pace has got me on track for an appearance at the next Summer Games. ;)
-And my Play Dry Jacket (the grey jacket) is another current fav. I love wearing it to the gym so that I can warm up with it on (because it is SO cold in our gym right now!), it still allows full range of motion. I can do push ups, pull ups, overhead squats, sit ups, etc and it never bunches up or rubs me the wrong way (aka chafe city). I’ve even been layering it under my winter parka so I can wear it at work over my scrubs. Who said fitness clothing only had to be worn to the gym?! Also, bonus points for thumb holes.

So those are my tips for staying motivated during the holidays.
What helps you stay motivated during the holiday season?
What is the ONE treat or savory food that you just have to eat during the holidays?

**Reebok provided me with the Play Dry Jacket and SmoothFlex Run shoes at no cost to me. The opinions expressed in this post are mine.  **

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Comments

  1. I love this! What a great motivational post! It’s wise words I need to listen to more!

  2. Love this post!!! You definitely have great tips! Your before & after shot is so awesome! You look phenomenal!! Keep it up!

  3. Albert says:

    Thanks for writing this great post. Keep up the good work.

  4. These are fabulous tips! I am all about making sure I get my holiday special treats :) YAY for a cruise. I’d love to go on a cruise one day!!

    • Ashley says:

      Gotta love the holiday treats. ;) And I think everyone should go on a cruise at least once in their lives. We are lucky that we get to go again. :)

  5. Monica says:

    Um, not to sound like a creeper, but you look amazing in that dress. Talk about great motivation!

    • Ashley says:

      Oh Monica, my first (and ONLY) blog stalker. You will never be a creeper. ;) And thanks. I love that dress. Definitely motivated to get back into it (comfortably)!

  6. Awesome tips and great post! :)

  7. What a great post! I love all those shoes, and you are cuter than a button in these pictures! I can’t wait to get back to full active post baby!! Great tips!!

  8. jillconyers says:

    Great tips! I’m pretty good about most of them I never thought to plan an event after the holidays. Brilliant!

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  9. Fabulous tips! And yes, that dress (and swimsuit) and cute workout clothes are awesome motivation. Keep up the great work!

  10. MizFit says:

    love this and the ‘BOK :-) For me it’s my only ME TIME … so I keep the workouts sacred!

  11. Andrea says:

    These are great tips!!! I LOVE your leopard dress!!

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks Andrea. I spotted it at Express at the after Christmas sales last year and couldn’t justify buying it. (It was on sale, but still expensive). A few weeks later I went to Express again and it was even cheaper (on clearance), I think I got for $18. Best bargain deal ever. ;)

  12. Christine says:

    These are really great tips and I love your pictures!! I’m partial to the last tip but maybe that’s because I’m always looking for an excuse to shop :-)

  13. gabbysgfree says:

    Great post! Love all the tips and that dress is smokin! Love it.

  14. Linz says:

    You look great and your hubs is adorable! :) Good luck and great post!! :) :)

  15. cupcakekelly says:

    These are great tips, I love the planning events before and after the holidays!

  16. What a great post! Not only is your before/after picture SUPER motivating, but damn girl, you look hot in that Snooki dress! What a great reminder that it isn’t always about the pounds on the scale, but rather how you feel in your clothes. Good luck with your race and staying motivated! :)

  17. Rachelle says:

    Great post Ash! I have already noticed myself slacking with my diet and the Holidays have barely begun so this was a great reminder for me. You are an awesome example girl and that dress is freaking hot!

  18. That jacket looks super cute!

  19. Kat says:

    Great post! Races ongoing definitely help me stay focused!!

  20. Courtney @ JourneyofaDreamer says:

    I love all these ideas! Now I just need a snookie dress and a cruise to wear it on…

  21. Hi From Moni- FF! Really Great post and tips! Well done! Very helpful. :)

  22. Elle says:

    hottie! That dress is so cute and you look wonderful in it … and so happy. I know you will be wearing it again in no time! Great post – so many good tips to think about. Thanks.

  23. GREAT post! I’m especially with you on the having a fun race on the calendar and having a post holiday event to want to keep you motivated. Peter and I will be doing a cruise (99% sure) February and I don’t want to have to “make up” for the holidays in just a couple months to be beach ready. Definitely motivating. ;)

  24. Such a great post!! I love this!! I need to take some before pics. I need to connect with the fact that my body is changing though I may not see it on the scale.

  25. Megan D says:

    AWESOME post! I have been behind on blogging and I probably should have read this post a while agi because I need help in the eating department…as usual ;) There are some really awesome tips.

    How fun about the 1/2 marathon with your mom! I am jealuos. I want to sign up for a race, but for some reaosn there aren’t too many around here for the next few months. Lame.

    We just got back from our cruise. It was a lot of fun. I did not have a dress like that though. I felt so underdressed on the formal night. You look hot, my friend!

    I need to do some before and after pics and challenge myself. I def think that is the way to go in seeing results. I hate the scale.

    Are you going to get fro yo with Janae again tomorrow? I want to go again & I was hoping you would be there because it has been much too long since I have seen you my friend!

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