Oh my – the holidays are here! This can only mean gaining those eight nasty pounds back. If you are anything like me, you are the happiest person when you start your day three pounds lighter than usual, or you notice your cheeks are less pudgy. It’s going to be a great day when your jeans are fitting a little looser around the waist and no love handles are showing. Bring on the stress and drama, you can tackle anything when you’re three pounds lighter.
Now…when you wake up feeling a little bloated, you’re not so happy-go-lucky. Oh honey, do I ever know the feeling! Here’s the deal - we want to be merry around the holidays, nobody likes a scrooge, but it’s difficult to avoid bloated mornings when you’re surrounded by pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fudge and every other delight the holidays bring.
Get real excited about the holiday delights. If you do not typically let yourself eat such things, it will be very exciting to have an excuse. However, do not let that excuse gain you 10 pounds. Be sure that you are getting really excited prior to each piece of fudge or apple pie. If you are not so excited that you could scream, then you don’t need it. You will notice you get more excited about having things you haven’t had forever. If you have two pieces of fudge, the third isn’t going to be as exciting as you have already satisfied that craving. Now you are just having it because it’s there and you can…and hey, it’s the holidays. Stop yourself, you are happy, you had your fudge now move on.
But there are so many treats! How do you choose? When you are making your holiday plates be decisive, be in control. If there is turkey, ham and roast beef, and they all look so good, take a small piece of each, but just one. If there are cookies, fudge, brownies and pie – now you have a real decision to make. Think about one thing: which one of all those choices makes you most excited? Now remember quantity means everything during the holidays, so if you’re excited about pie and fudge, choose the fudge as it’s the smaller portion. Easy!
If you are hosting the holidays, send goodies home with your guests. If you are not hosting, do not accept goodies to take home. Practice saying no thanks now cause it’s going to be tough! Help clean up during the holidays, take the kids outside to play or something other than sitting on the couch. Visiting is great, but you can visit on a family walk.
Now if you’ve been reading this and saying to yourself, “she’s crazy – it’s the holidays and I’m going to eat what I want!”, that is just fine, but you better work out twice as hard, or you will have a tough time keeping that holiday spirit once you hop on the scale.