Here it comes! Cold weather, Thanksgiving, Christmas, OH MY! Weight gain can happen with all of the holidays approaching. We start wearing our comfy pullovers and joggers that cover our body. We get a little more comfortable with the extra weight gain because nobody can see it…until we go put on those jeans we wore a few weeks back and *GULP* they don’t fit. Worst feeling ever.
Don’t fall off the rails and have to start ALL OVER again in January!
Decide now that you’re going to limit the temptations this season.
In past years, I start falling off right around Halloween. For the life of me, I can’t stay out of my kid’s candy stash. Don’t all parents do this? WHOOPS! I, for one, am guilty of the holiday weight gain. It happens to me every year, but I have a plan this year to avoid it and I can’t wait to share it with you!
DRINK MORE WATER…
- Up your water intake during this season, especially before a big meal. This helps with digestion and keeps you feeling full so you don’t overindulge. Tip: carry a water bottle with you that you can refill. BONUS: More water will improve your skin for all of those pictures you’ll be in… Win!
- Hike, bike, go for a walk, get a yoga session in, make it to the gym, do a YouTube workout video. Just keep MOVING every.single.day!
- Sign up for a 5K run. There are several that go on during the holidays, sign up for one and train for it!
- Be mindful of what you’re eating.
- Keep your portion sizes small. Use a small plate if you have to
- Avoid distraction while eating. Studies show when we’re distracted, we tend to overeat. Grab a handful and walk away from the snacking area.
BRING A HEALTHY DISH…
- If you know your family makes dishes that are high in carbs and sugar and lack protein and veggies. Make two dishes that you know you can get your protein and veggies in and still eat with the family. Then go and get small portions of the yummy stuff!
IT’S OKAY TO POLITELY DECLINE…
This is going to be a hard one for me. I’m always the one with my mouth wide open and ready to taste test and try everything! Plus, I’m always up for bagging leftovers and eating on them for daaaaays.
- Decline that extra alcoholic drink with your friends. Liquid calories add up quickly!
- Decline getting a dessert that your aunt made just to make her feel better.
Y’all are going to hate me for this one, but it’s an important one! ⇓
WEAR YOUR TIGHT-FITTING CLOTHES…
I’m not saying wear these on the feast days like Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can bet I’ll be wearing my comfy clothes on these two days.
- Wear your good jeans at least once a week so you can gauge if you’re gaining weight. If they feel a little tight, you’ll know you need to watch your intake on the sugar and carbs. You might need to up your exercise and water intake, too!
If you overdo it, just restart! People often abandon their goals after this happens. However, there is no need for this. That one unhealthy meal isn’t going to ruin it for you, sister! Start with the VERY NEXT meal and make it a healthy one!