December 23-29, 2018






Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. We hope you have a wonderful week spending some time with your family and friends. Enjoy the season and don’t stress about the change in routine this week.


1. Finish Your Fasting. Finish the month strong getting 1 more day of fasting in this week. Make this a 24 hour fast from dinner one night to dinner the next night.
2. Enjoy The Holidays. Sometimes your workouts and your food choices can be the biggest stressor surrounding the holidays. Don’t let your workout and available food derail your program this week. Sometimes you have to shift your focus to other areas of your health that are not as physical during these weeks. Check out our holiday tips below.
  1. Get workouts in where you can and don’t stress about keeping your usual routine. Maybe the family all goes snowshoeing or on a hike together.  It might not be the intensity you prefer to exercise at, but you are still staying active and that is ok.
  2. Try to center your time with family around an activity and not around food (i.e. going for a walk, hiking, or riding bikes).
  3. We talked about this at Thanksgiving also, but join the kids not the adults. If you watch kids on holidays, they are typically running around everywhere. Spend some extra time playing with the kids this holiday and find yourself a bit more active.
  4. If you have less time for your normal exercise routine, focus on other areas of health such as sleep and recovery. If you have a few extra days away from work, try to sleep in some and take advantage of the recovery.
  5. Skip the appetizers. Appetizers can set your holidays out for destruction if you indulge too much. Save your appetite for the main meal and stay away from the appetizer table. If you are hosting, try more fruit and veggie options for appetizers, or only put them out for 30-60minutes.
  6. Moderation is the key.  The food options at your holiday table might not be our normal “Fit Collective” preferred nutrition offerings, but it is a good lesson in willpower and moderations. Shift your focus to keeping your portions small. It is ok to have some bad food once in awhile, but make sure your portions are small and don’t pack in the gut bomb.
  7. Put away your food after everyone is served.  Don’t leave the food sitting around all night where you are prone to going back to seconds and thirds.
  8. Avoid high Calorie drinks and alcohol. 1 drink is fine, but Calories from beverages add up quick. If it is alcohol, this can also leads to poor food choices.
  9. January is coming. We are going to rev the engines in January with a 31 day workout challenge. Use this week to focus on recovery and healing any areas that are sore or run down. Don’t stress about keeping your normal routine, because January is all about the routine!


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We love to keep meals healthy, easy, and tasty!  Try some of these awesome recipes this week.

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

We are obsessed with roasted sweet potatoes and love this recipe’s festive twist!


Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon

Salmon is a favorite of ours, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint!

Peppermint Bark

A healthier version of a holiday classic!