Keeping Healthy During the Holidays- Runner Trish Style

With the holidays in full swing, it’s hard to juggle a jammed packed schedule plus find time to run or work out. I am one of those people that tend to fall into the pit of being overly committed with wrapping up end of the year work projects, Christmas decorating, shopping, cookie baking, holiday parties and family gatherings. Between the bites of Lumpia at the family party or indulging on Donut Friday at work, it’s easy to forget the healthy habits. I realize that the goal of the holidays is to find balance.

So here are a list of things that help keep me on track. Most of these are general tips but I adjusted them to fit my style:

  1. Schedule workouts like meetings. Block out calendar. Do a #RUNch. Whatever works for you.  This helps me stay committed to being active after sitting all day trying to solve the latest Marketing Budget Crisis of 2012 at Start-Up BioTech.
  2. If going on a shopping adventure with friends at Union Square – bring healthy snacks in purse. I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s snack size Cashews or Kind Bars. By doing this, I avoid the indulgence of the food court or attack on Cinnabon.
  3. Take the family out with you while you put in your miles. My family loves to walk and explore local trails. So it’s a win-win situation!  Togetherness + miles = Healthy Family Bonding! Trust me, they’ll thank you for it!
  4. Prepare meals for the busy weekdays.. After working and  working out, I find it easier to have meals done so I don’t go to the drive through. prepackaged salads and other items do the trick. I also spend a couple of hours on Saturdays cooking meals for the upcoming week.  My favorite go-to meal is Chicken Shiitake & Wild Mushroom Soup!  Here’s a link to the recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/chicken-shiitake-and-wild-rice-soup.html  This soup is so good on a cold winter day! Plus it’s complete meal!
  5. Keep a food journal.  If you’re trying to lose weight,  I find writing everything down even the occasional cookie helps keep me on track and honest! If I didn’t eat great, it allows me to see how hard I have to work out.
  6. Having a race to train for keeps you motivated to stay healthy! Nothing like a 5K, 10K, half, full or ultra marathon to keep you moving towards healthy goals .
  7. If you slip , don’t beat yourself up! Get back on the horse and keep swimming or running or dancing  (insert favorite activity here). Things happen and I do slip a lot. It’s all about moderation!

I know my tips are overused and plastered all over the web, but they do work! I am proof that with little adjustments one can truly achieve great results. Here’s to a wonderful and healthy holiday!!

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December Running Goal

Thanksgiving came and went last week. It was filled with friends, food, Black Friday at Target and running. Although there have been some setbacks for me this year, I am still very thankful for my improved health, family, friends, career and the roof over my head.   December is here and 2013 will be here before I know it.

My runs have been good.  I have been mixing it up with speed workouts on the treadmill .  I can notice that my pace is getting better with each long run.  Overall, my endurance is improving as well. More running less walk breaks.  On my last run, I was able to run for eight minutes straight . That’s something big for a person like me.

My goal for December is to crank up the long runs to at least six miles so I can  really be prepared for SF Marathon training in January.