Here’s the deal. You are thinking about the holidays. You are most likely fixated on not gaining more weight…. yet again right? The average person will put on 3-5 pounds over the next month, but yet the #1 New Year’s resolution will be, yep you guessed it, losing that weight. Why not set yourself up to avoid that madness? Here’s some steps that will help you, along with ten blog posts I’ve recently come across that could inspire you and give you ideas as well. Enjoy.
1. PLAN AHEAD
This is essential. I hear the excuses all the time “there was nothing healthy to pick from, so, well you know”. Nope not going to work. You’re a big boy and you can bring some healthy options with you to your grandma’s house for the big day! Find out what others are bringing, you can count on the fact they’ll be tons of unhealthy options. Do you really want to pack on those extra pounds just because it’s the holiday? A couple of years ago Amy made an incredible salad and brought it to our family Thanksgiving meal. She left feeling a bit defeated because no one ate it. I did…… who cares what the others are doing? Plan ahead.
2. ENJOY IN MODERATION
There’s absolutely no reason not to use “Turkey Day” as your cheat meal or cheat day. I’m referring to a lifestyle way of fueling that I coach people on in order to lose and maintain weight, it means avoid depriving yourself. If you enjoy stuffing go for it! If you enjoy the deviled eggs (ah Amy’s Aunt K makes the best!) go for it! You get this drift, just don’t go crazy! Avoid pulling into the feeding trough and camping out ok? Use portion control and another tip? Avoid grazing like your out in the pasture every 15 minutes! Enjoy your favorites in moderation and move on.
3. FIND ONE WAY TO EXERCISE
Wake up a bit earlier to get yourself on the right track mentally and go for a longer walk. In almost every town or city there’s a Turkey Trot 5K. I’m doing this one with one of my boys and some friends. Guess what? It’s free. If you know you’re going to consume more calories on “Turkey Day” then try to burn some up front somehow. Find one way to exercise. It will be worth it!
Does that help you out a bit? Here’s some articles that you might find helpful as well. Be on the look out tomorrow for part two of this blog post series. Happy Thanksgiving!