Oh, the Holidays! The best time of the year. From parties to presents and food to fun it truly is jolly in every way. However, there is one elephant in the room that we are not addressing… the dreaded Holiday bloat and weight gain due to irregular sleep patterns and over indulging at events. We all do it! In fact, I bet most people don’t just over indulge at events, who doesn’t love some fresh baked Christmas cookies? In fact, my God Mother sent me a box of fresh cookies in the mail today(God Bless Godmothers). So how does one keep the spirits high and the weight gain minimal or even non-existent? Here are three ways to help you stay on track and still enjoy the magic of the season!
EAT BEFORE YOU PARTY
I would guess that most people don’t eat regular meals on days that there is a holiday party planned. It’s easier to run around all morning, tell yourself you want to feel great in your dress, and silently promise some extra hor ‘d oeuvres to yourself after pictures have been taken! BAD IDEA! My first tip is to eat throughout the day as you normally would, then have a light healthy meal before the party. I personally have a meal replacement shake an hour before I attend an event where there will be a lot of tempting options. By eating a light meal before attending the event your body will still be open to a small sample plate, but you will avoid over indulging!
LEARN THE WORD, “NO”
The fear of missing out is a real thing, but so is being overworked and run down. When it comes down to it, miss activities so you can recharge. Our bodies can’t be overworked for an entire month with the promise of relaxing on New Years Day. Learning to say no is liberating. Make a list of the parties that are a “MUST” attend and parties that are a hit or miss then stick to it. If workouts and eating right are being cut out because of daily exhaustion there is too much on your plate. Let’s all say it together… “No, I am sorry I can’t …”
WRITE IT DOWN
What is, “It” you ask? Well, IT is the schedule that you are going to stick to for the last 2 weeks of December. The schedule will consist of when and what you’ll be eating along with workout times and social events. By writing everything down you increase the chance of achieving them by more than 70%! Just a reminder, what is written on the schedule doesn’t need to be a new crazy goal, it can simply be a maintenance plan designed to keep you and the family from over indulging.
My prayer tonight is that God is with you through this holiday season and opens your eyes to all of the blessings that he has placed in your life. I pray that you continue to love him and allow his love to flow through you so he can love others.
Have a HOLLY JOLLY weekend!
Alyssa Heitz xoxo
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