Anyway, two weeks of vacation – holidays, family, food-food-food, flus and lots of late nights all came to an end this past weekend. Whew! Now I’ll bet I’m not the only one left to deal with the aftermath of all that less-than-healthy eating… Is your body puffy and bloated? Your joints are achy? Your clothes feel tight?
Me, too… ;-)
So to help us both through this “recovery” plan, I've outlined the 5 awesomely easy steps you’ll need to quickly and seamlessly get back on the fitness fast track.
Step One: Get Focused.
The holidays happened. You ate things from your “never eat these” list, you drank more that you should have, but now the party is over.
Draw a line in the sand. The bad eating stops now. Today.
Don’t beat yourself up for falling off the fitness wagon particularly if it was shared in the company of good friends and loved ones. Instead, simply get back up, dust yourself off and get re-focused. Leave the past, and your slip-ups, in the past.
Step Two: Get Hydrated.
Poor nutrition can take on many forms, and the end result is most often dehydration and water retention. However, there is a simple way to restore balance: get hydrated.
Your first priority in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water throughout your day. Start with a tall glass of water in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you so that you’ll have no excuse not to sip throughout the day.
Instead of adding artificial sweeteners or stimulants to add interest to your water – try adding flavor by placing slice fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables in your water, just like at the spa. Have you ever tried a little bit of lavender & a slice of lemon I your water? Delicious.
Step Three: Get Picky.
Don’t resort to holiday leftovers or sweet treats. You’ve had enough of those! Instead, be extra picky about what you eat. Try sticking with only whole, real foods like fruits, green leafy vegetables and some lean meat. Whole, real foods will quickly help to restore balance.
Although work schedules are returning to their normal rhythm, avoid fast food or typical convenience foods for lunch. In fact, don’t eat packaged foods for the next few days. This means saying no to the snack machine, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods and alcohol.
Step Four: Get Juicing.
If you can’t seem to “eat” enough fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a perfect fit for you. Making your own juice can be beneficial to your health, but especially good for you when recovering from several weeks of bad eating. The key is to use ingredients that will hydrate and nourish your body and to avoid ingredients that are high in sugar.
These ingredients are fantastic for your recovery juice: fresh ginger, spinach, cucumber, kale, green apple, lemon, and celery.
These ingredients should be used sparingly, due to high sugar content: carrots, oranges, red apples, melons or pineapple.
Step Five: Get Moving.
Now… it’s now time to sweat it out.
Lace up your athletic shoes and put on your favorite gym clothes. When you start your workout, ease in slowly. Take the time to warm up and stretch your muscles before powering up to a solid 30-minute exercise routine.
I have just the exercise plan for you – one that will not only help you recover from your holiday indulgences, but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future.
If you haven’t participated in any of my Locomo Weight-loss programs yet, now is the perfect time to start. Together we will get you focused on your goals with my results-driven method.
Simply log-in on-line here to set up your first workout.