With all the Halloween candy just behind us and the Thanksgiving turkey looming ahead, it’s no wonder that so many people pack on the extra pounds during this time. Without the food temptations, this is still the time of year with parties, drinking, and socializing. It’s also usually the busiest time of year for most companies, and many people spend their evenings doing holiday shopping. All of those factors combined lead to stress, drinking, and excess eating—three things that are sure to lead to weight gain.

No matter what your fitness goals may be, here are the top ways to help you stick to your goals during this holiday season and prevent you from undoing all the hard work you’ve put in this year.

Think About the Future

While it’s easy to get swept away in the holidays, it’s always a good idea to go into the season knowing right away what your temptations will be, as well as what your goals are. How do you want to feel come January 1st? Will you feel good knowing that you kept to your boundaries, or will you feel like you fell off the wagon? Many people want to jump into feeling that immediate satisfaction from getting what they want, but getting what you want every day for three months when it comes to food is almost never a good idea. When you keep in mind how you want to feel in the future, you will be better equipped to make decisions now to help you get there.

Set Boundaries

Set up your personal limits before going to that party or celebration. Knowing that you will be in a position where you could break your goals and then choosing to draw boundaries will keep you on track. This will keep you more prepared to resist any temptations for a few drinks and seconds on dessert. Before you head to the party, think about how you want to feel the next day. Write down your goals in a journal or even in your planner and take a look before you go. Finally, be honest with yourself: write down how you did after each event. By writing down what you ate and drank, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable and honest with yourself about your decisions. Knowing that you will have to write it down and look at it later will hopefully keep you from making a poor food choice in the moment.

Reward Yourself, and Plan Ahead

While you’ve probably been to a hundred holiday parties in the past, this one is going to be different. This year, you have goals and a vision for yourself. In order to reduce your stress about the upcoming party and make yourself less likely to cave into temptation, make sure to get adequate rest beforehand. Take the time to work out the day of the party. Eat a small amount before you leave. Also, give yourself a reward for staying on track! That doesn’t mean getting seconds on dessert, but it could mean splurging on a trip to the nail salon or a beach day. The more you get to reward yourself, the more likely you are to keep pushing forward!

Get Support from Friends and Family

While many people want to think they can make these changes on their own, support has been found to be a great predictor of positive changes in behavior. If you want to be able to leave the party early, then ask your friend to meet you at the gym for a quick workout in the morning. This should prevent you from drinking too much or staying out too late. If you know that saying no to drinks is going to be a challenge, invite a friend who doesn’t drink to come with you. You’ll be less likely to turn into a mess if they stay sober the whole time.

DFit Personal Training

If you are looking for one of the top ways to stay accountable and driven through the holiday season, then a personal trainer might be the way to go. Meeting with your trainer each week ensures that you stay focused on the week ahead. We at DFit Personal Training in Pompano Beach also are offering a holiday session to keep you on track with your goals, including healthy recipes your family will love and personal training sessions so you know what to work on. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a time with one of our trainers! We look forward to working with you and keeping you focused through this holiday season.

Don’t let the stress keep you from meeting your goals. We know that you can achieve whatever it is you have set out to do, whether that is to gain strength, lose weight, or both. Reach out now and see how we can help.