How to Survive the Holidays This Season - Ottawa Fitness and Nutrition for the Holidays

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Why You Should Read This Post

We've prepared a Holiday Survival Guide for people over 50 who are tired of letting the holidays dig you into a hole. If you’ve found yourself going through the cycle year-after-year of letting loose over the holidays and feeling like you HAVE to "get back on track" come January 1st, this guide is what you need.

This guide will help you to control the "damage" done over the holidays and have you going into the New Year feeling great about yourself and in a MUCH better place to reach your 2018 goals. 

Here is what this guide will do for you;

  • Significantly minimize holiday weight gain
  • Stop you from losing all of the gains you’ve made before the holidays
  • Get rid of the horrible guilt from letting yourself go
  • Get you to feel great about yourself and feeling more confident about reaching your goals going into January
  • Show you that you don’t need to be ‘perfect’ to stay on track
  • Give you a template to follow every holiday season

Our Holiday Survival Philosophy

It's not about being perfect or trying to rigidly stay on track and follow the 'rules'. Our holiday philosophy is quite simple, but very effective;

  1. Give yourself a mental and physical "break" (in other words, don't be too hard on yourself).

  2. Commit to turning the dial DOWN on fitness and nutrition not OFF.

You'll notice a few key words in the bullet points above and that is what we're going to talk about in today's post.

Taking a "break".

When it comes to successful health and fitness endeavours, you absolutely must take breaks. There is no going around this. You can ask any top athlete or coach and they will agree. 

Breaks are important both physically and psychologically. You need the break to recharge, reflect and refocus. 

Also a proper break will help you to be more committed to your goals when you know you have a break on the horizon.

But what does it mean for you to take a break?

A break doesn't mean to flip the switch to OFF and completely ruin all your hard work. It doesn't mean that you are now allowed to finish a tub of ice cream to yourself and become a couch potato. Well... you can if you wan't, it's just not what we recommend. 

Taking a break is like turning the dial down (not OFF). If you were going at your nutrition and fitness at an 8 on 10 level for months, maybe it's time to turn the dial down to a 4 on 10 for a week, maybe even 2. 

What we're basically saying is that your break is there to help you now and in the future, not hinder you and dig you into a hole.


It's easy to say you'll take a proper break, finally start going to the gym on a regular basis or cut out sugar for good. But without commitment, these things often don't turn into much. 

We all have patterns already engrained and until we've created new patterns/habits a well intentioned declaration to make big changes could likely fall through. 

That is where commitment comes in. You need to COMMIT to your goals whatever that may be. Often times it helps to have an external factor in your commitment.

Some people find it easiest to commit to something once they invested money, others find committing to another person works best. Many people value their word so strongly that if they say they'll do something, they do it.

In our Holiday Survival Guide we give some good examples of how you can make a better commitment over the holiday season. 

For this holiday season, find what works best for you to commit to your goals and holiday game plan. Then execute.

FREE Holiday Survival Guide

We've prepared a Holiday Survival Guide that will go over each of these concepts in more detail so that you can make this holiday season a successful one. No digging yourself out of a hole this time around. Not this year. By following this guide, you can go into the holidays with a game plan, feeling stress-free and confident moving into 2018.

Start off 2018 on the right foot. Download your FREE guide today.