Most people only try to lose fat going into summer. There are a few reasons for this:
- Summer is the season for swimsuits and shirtlessness.
- Fall/Winter layers make it easier to cover up what you look like naked.
- No body wants to try losing weight in a season that is built around feasts of delicious food.
I just got done with the first fashion shoot for this fall and let me tell you, it felt good knowing I wouldn’t necessarily need to worry about what I looked like under the layers.
Here’s the problem with that mindset for me. As soon as I start letting myself off the hook with fitness because it’s going to be covered most of the time, I will quickly lose everything I’ve worked so hard to accomplish.
I’m a big eater. The holiday season is my favorite, not only for fashion but because lets face it, there’s always too much food for everyone to eat. When I say everyone, I mean everyone else. There’s never too much food for me to eat. Never.
A combination of these feasts, cuddle weather, the ability to hide fat easy, and lets be real here… Pumpkin spice lattes, is a recipe for my bottomless appetite to finally catch up to me.
Here’s the challenge. Earn these big meals, work harder in winter, look better than everyone else.
This will be hard for some, and easier for others. If you’re anything like me, you find it easier to workout at a higher capacity knowing that afterwards you’re going to devour a small town’s worth of food. Just use thanksgiving and Christmas as an excuse to workout twice as hard and eat twice as hard. It’s too days out of the year. It wont kill you or ruin your physique. However, don’t let this season become a habitual lifestyle of poor diet choices and lazy winter workouts. Be smart with your food, find ways to keep yourself warm without bottomless hot chocolates and late night snacks. And above all else, find ways of motivating yourself to get out of bed and grind on those frosty winter mornings.
The payoff? Not only will you learn new things about yourself and how disciplined you truly are, but you will also look and feel better doing it. Don’t ever feel guilty for eating good food in the holiday season, just don’t let it come between you and your goals. The end result will be the best body at the thanksgiving table, and less work getting your summer body back next year.
Love you all. Stay fit, stay warm 🙂