The majority of Americans will gain anywhere between 7 to 10 pounds between now and Christmas. Seeing as I can gain about 3 pounds at a Mexican restaurant, this doesn’t seem too far fetched! But, as we all know, gaining and loosing the weight are two separate stories. I want YOU to finish this year strong and begin 2017 already achieving your health and fitness goals.
Here are a few tips to keep you on track this holiday season:
Do a party lap first thing.
When you arrive to a party, make a lap around the room before you accept a single drink or piece of food. Get a lay of the land and pick out 3 things you are going to eat. Grab just a little bit of these foods and sit down at a table to enjoy them.
Keep your hands busy!
Designate yourself the photographer for the party and go snap happy with your phone.
Keep a clutch in one arm and a beverage in the other. Tip for the beverages…for every alcoholic drink, have a glass of water in between.
When your hands are full it’s really hard to make that extra plate or grab the appetizer you will mindlessly eat.
If you’re going to an event, like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas lunch, where you can anticipate what foods will be there, decide upfront what you will have. If your MeMaw’s pecan pie is something you crave all year, let yourself have it.
One of the main things I look forward to each Thanksgiving, is broccoli, rice and cheese casserole. It’s sooooo good! And I allow myself to eat it, then I’m done. There’s not craving it for 2 weeks and telling myself how I deprived myself of it. I eat it upfront and let that craving die.
Get it in your head what you’re going to eat and what you aren’t. If you know you’re going to eat pie, tell yourself that you won’t eat the brownies. Give yourself control before you step in the room.
A bonus tip to help you get through the holidays is to invest in your health NOW! Even if you don’t workout every single day between now and January 1st or even if you fall off the wagon of clean eating a day or two between now and then, you are already making progress! Imagine how much more ahead of the game you will be if you give yourself a solid month heads start?!
I have online accountability groups RIGHT NOW to help you with this. I can also help you pick a program that works best with your goals and your struggles. In the meantime, follow these tips and allow yourself to accept the gift of health.