3 Simple Tips To Keep You On Track During The Holiday's (Depravation NOT Included)

It's the most wonderful time of the year full of  yummy treats made with ginormous sticks of decadent butter and pounds of sugar.  So So Good.  With that in mind, it's important we have a few goals to help keep us focused. Here are my goals and tips during this scrumptious time of year.

1. Plan to eat.  Yes, you read that right.  Plan to eat.  I encourage you not to feel like the only kind of nutritional success during the holiday season is to abstain from pie, sweet potato casserole, and savory rolls.  There is another way.  Plan when you are going to indulge and how much you are going to indulge.  Have a holiday party? Write down what you will eat.  Two pieces of turkey, a side of green beans, a fist sized amount of sweet potatoes and 1-2 servings of dessert.  Sounds like a lot of food right? Trust me it is better to do this than what I have done many times in the past.  I walk into a party and think, "I got this.  This food doesn't even look that good.  Please, white chocolate snicker doodle heavenly treats? You just don't do it for me." and by the end of that hour I am practically making love with all the delicious food and eating double the amount I would have normally. Why? Because I didn't have a plan.  I may have had an ego..but not a plan.

2. Pick a physical activity to do during the holiday season.  Here are some ideas:

  • Sign up for a 5k or 1 mile fun run with a cause you are excited to support.
  • Plan to go look at Christmas lights in a neighborhood or park that is walking friendly. If you have kids put them in a stroller for your sanity, their safety, and a little extra caloric burn.
  • Go ice skating.
  • Help walk around and distribute coats and blankets to those in need.  Many churches and organizations do that during this time of year

3. Don't make a crazy weight loss goal....DO plan to maintain.  For those of you who have lost weight during November and December, you are my hero.  Seriously, that is a tough and absolutely commendable accomplishment.  For a majority of people I would encourage you to focus on maintaining and not gaining during the holiday season.  I am not a big fan of "a number on the scale," but the holiday season seems to be a time when everyone throws there scale away, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Almost like calories and healthy food are just a myth during November and December. 

So join me by focusing on maintaining an overall healthy diet and a realistic amount of physical activity. Plan your splurges, plan some activities, and don't stress about weight loss. This will help you stay on track and not just throw in the towel and give in to the enormous amount of left overs that could easily feed you for weeks and leave you saying "I'll figure it out in January." :)


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