Day 25: How do you handle exercise and clean eating during the holiday season?

In today’s health/fitness blogger challenge the challenge of the day is to share how you handle exercise and clean eating during the holiday season.  (Please forgive me as I ramble on and on here.)

My issue, is that I haven’t actually been doing it (perfectly) (at all) since classes started.  It just threw my schedule out of whack, and I’ve had a hard time getting back to it.  I’ve maintained (and even lost a bit more) my weight loss so far, so I am feeling ok in that regard.  I do miss working out more, but right now the free time I have is getting uni work done watching I’m a celebrity get me out of here.  In all seriousness, part of it is the commute to the gym.  While I was pressed for cash it was just easier to walk around for cardio, instead of going to the gym, and it’s pretty much stayed that way.  This is why I’m considering switching gyms to the one that is a 5 minute walk from my flat, once it opens.

To be honest, just getting the things done I need to get done is hard enough.  I know I am a total slacker on the workout/eating well train right now.  I just need more time in my day.  That would require losing sleep, and that’s the one thing that is keeping me sane right now.  So if it means my breakfast is not as healthy as it could be, I try to make sure my lunches (at work) are salad, protein and fruit, and a good as a dinner that we have.  (Both Steph and I are pressed for time with uni work, and now that I’m working . . . . well there is just less time overall.)

I know I am only working part time, but being on my feet for 6 hours a day 3 days in a row is tiring.  I’m just not bouncing back like I used to- I’m getting old.  (How my mom used to do this for 40 hours a week I have no idea, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that she could wear trainers to work.)  By the time I get home at about 7, I flop on to the couch and don’t move until I take a bath or go to bed b/c I am exhausted.

I know people that work far more hours than I, make it to the gym.  I know that I am making excuses, but after working for 6 hours, getting the bus home, going home to change to take the subway to the gym just isn’t happening.  (And b/c of the bus schedule it wouldn’t work in the mornings on work days either.  I’d have to get up at 5 am for it and the subway doesn’t run that early.)  And on the days I’m not working, well I have to do my uni work and I still have classes on Monday, well I think until this coming Monday. (And I have an assignment due in 2 weeks that I have NO idea what I am doing with.)  This week I’m working 4 days and need to hopefully be home when they deliver our new washer.  (We’ve done no laundry in over 2 weeks and I am done washing things by hand.)

Apart from the work/uni struggles, I don’t really have any social obligations/parties/etc that “most” people have to deal with at holiday times.  I can count the number of holiday parties I’ve been to in my life on one hand.  I am not a very social person (you don’t say!) and having a very small social circle here in Scotland (2) makes it easy to not have to deal with that kind of thing.  I know that may sound sad to some, but TBH, I’m not bothered.  I have enough going on in my life right now, I do NOT need to add parties and such in.

Once the assignment has been done and handed in I will have more time on my hands and I will be able to get back to working out more consistently.   The same holds true for when I’m done working after Christmas.  Then I will have an easier time balancing everything since I will have my research and that’s it.

I can tell I’m tired, this post was very rambly and I do apologize for this wall of text.


How do you handle exercise and clean eating during the holidays?

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