It's that time of year again.  The holidays.  For some, it's a time to cherish.  Others spend 10.5 months dreading the time between New Year's and Thanskgiving.

For me, it's a toss up.  I LOVE the extra emphasis put on good times with friends and family.  Not that I ever need an excuse to throw a party or have a good time surrounded by the people I love most - but it's great to know for a fact that those times are lining up like little ducks, one by one, week after week :)  On the other hand - my diet and my training take quite the whallop! 

No matter how mindful I am, it's definitely a month of little splurges and missed workouts. 
(Little splurges x many times) - workouts = increased ICK factor.
What's a girl to do?

The solution is so simple it's almost criminal:  chill out.  Seriously - just relax!  Make good choices (homemade desserts that rock get a thumbs up, if it comes in a box - big no) and sqeeze in some movement whenever and where ever you can.  Walk one way, take the subway back (if you don't have time to walk both directions).  Mini-WODs like half Angie, or 10 minutes of Cindy can do wonders for your psyche.  Remember the Potty Pull Up?  They're back in my rotation.  Handstand holds in the hallway, walking lunges to the restroom - anywhere I can get away with it, I add just a little bit extra to my day.

Never let your diet or your training get in the way of your relationships.  There is always a compromise to be made, but make sure that you err on the side of the human equation.  Trust me - in the long run you'll see that you get more mileage from the extra dinner party than you would from the extra workout and paleo perfect day.

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