Friday Five : Staying on track during the holidays

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for today’s theme which is staying healthy during the holidays.


The holidays have usually been a struggle for me. Waking up beginning of January, my body feeling lethargic, sugar ladened, bloated, a couple pounds heavier. But then the festivities continue into January with the Epiphany which is a big celebration here in France, and my birthday. So in short, there is a reason to celebrate, occasions to drink too much or over eat for 2 months strait. And this can have a big impact on my waistline.

So here is how I try to stay focused during the holidays and not over-indulge :

1. Allow myself to try everything but limit the portion / serving size. A small scoop is just as satisfying as a full serving.

2. Focus on what I have accomplished : how far I have come in my training, how good I feel when I feed myself whole foods and focus on an upcoming goal / short term race or event. I want to be sure my body is functioning at tip top shape. I believe it was Courtney who posted on her instagram feed a while back the following : “Don’t give up what you want long term for what feels good short term. Avoid the terrible trade”. (Lisa Terkeurst). Even more appropriate during this challenging time of the year.


3. Plan a workout the next morning after that party ! If I know I have a long run planned I don’t drink the night before and really watch what I eat. Nothing is worse than a long run and training when you feel like crap and fueled improperly.

4. Make my own. I bring a healthy dish full of veggies to the party or make a dessert with only half the sugar (I guarantee you, no one will notice). This dish of zucchini, eggplant and tomato is easy and yummy !


5. Drink sparkling water instead of champagne or drink of your choice. I find the bubbles keep it festive.

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Any other suggestions for me ? What do you do to stay focused during the holidays ?

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Comments: 8

  1. Coco November 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm Reply

    These are great tips – especially the sparking water. I try to alternate that with wine when I’m at a party.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm Reply

      Yes, alternating definitely works for me.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I just keep up my fitness routine–I may cheat on eating but I never miss a run!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

      That would definitely work ! But I need to add in some additional sessions to stay on track. Else those glasses of champagne will get the better of me !

  3. HoHo Runs November 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Your # 1 is so important. Deprivation doesn’t work. I normally have a full January race calendar and train hard right through the holidays. It helps!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm Reply

      You are lucky to have a choice of races in Janaury… we are not so lucky.
      And everything in moderation is my motto.

  4. Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy November 16, 2015 at 7:39 am Reply

    I love all of your tips! I especially love that you said to eat the things you want, but watch portions. I also like to bring my own things to parties too so that I’m sure there will be at least one thing I can eat!
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  5. courtney @ eat pray run dc November 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm Reply

    yes! i love this! and that quote about the terrible trade is so good, right? have a wonderful week!
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