Five Holiday Tips to Staying Tight & Trim
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This is it, girl! We are smack dab in the middle of December aka the holiday food and drinking season lol 😉
Maybe for you this is a quiet time of year (I don’t celebrate Christmas so it is a little quieter for me), or maybe it is the craziest time of year for you. “Feastivities” may be plentiful, so don’t just jump in and hope for the best.
It is totally possible for you to indulge a little here and there, not feel guilty and still look and feel great. Here are my top 5 tips to stay tight & trim this holiday season:
#1 Stay Hydrated
I put this as #1…cuz it’s that important!
Water helps to fill you up, which in turn can lead to less indulging. Plus, the extra bonus here to help you stay tight & trim is that water fires up your metabolism. Win-win!
Drink More Water!
Ideally you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces daily anyways so if you aren’t there yet, get guzzling.
If you have a hard time remembering to drink your water (or like me, keep forgetting where you left your pretty water bottle), there are lots of phone apps to help you remember that water needs to be your BFF. Check em out:
#2 Portion Control
If you have a choice of plates, grab the smaller one. Fill it first with protein and veggies, and then your carbs and indulgences (my mom makes a killer stuffing!).
It will still feel like you are eating a lot (which we all wanna do at holiday dinners for some reason), but you are actually not. In this case, less is more!
#3 Fill Up On Veggies and Lean Protein
Make sure you take your time and look at all your options before you start filling up your plate. If you can grab a small meal or snack beforehand, even better. That will help you to not overfill your plate.
Be smart about your choices.
Eating clean 80% of the time doesn’t mean you can’t have any of Auntie Bobby-Sue’s candied yams, it just means that you can add it to your plate after you’ve filled it with lean protein (ham, turkey or beef) and veggies (salad, green beans, peas, brussel sprouts).
If some dishes look loaded with cream/butter/cheese, keep on walking girlfriend. Some things just aren’t worth it.
Little hint ** if you are indulging, just a smidge, make sure it’s your fave food. Don’t select all the fat-bomb options, just be smart about it. Make those calories count!
#4 Be the Life of the Party!
Now this doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to down a whole box of wine. Remember, alcohol is loaded in empty calories and your body turns to them first to burn as energy, instead of your fat stores.
But it can be nice to enjoy a glass of bubbly or a holiday cocktail or two. You can still have fun at the Office party without getting tipsy…or worse!
Remember the reason for the season, relax a little, loosen up, enjoy other people’s company and be nice to people. Actually, this should be everyone’s mantra any time of the year, shouldn’t it? 😉
#5 Keep Your Routine
There is absolutely zero reason for you to stop working out during the holidays. If anything, you could actually add a yoga or stretching class or two to your regular routine.
This time of year can be super stressful. There is so much more going on after work and on the weekends in the month of December and a lot of these activities revolve around food.
Some of them require you to purchase a present for someone, maybe even someone you don’t know all that well. The stress of getting “just the right gift” sometimes gets in the way of the reason for the season.
This excess stress has to be released. Don’t do that with food (I know I sometimes do!).
Go for a run before work. Schedule a semi-private training sesh with your best office gal pal. Pop in a DVD workout (I love this trainer, and her 21 Day Fix series) or just dance around the living room to your fave playlist. Even if you get sweaty for just 20 minutes, it will do your brain and body a world of good.
The key out of all of this to staying tight & trim this holiday season is consistency. Don’t use the excuse that it’s the holidays as a cop out.
You are stronger than that!
I totally believe in you and your goals and I know that it is totally possible for you to stay on track during the holidays.
You just have to plan, work at it and believe in yourself a little more. You were made for more girlfriend. Are you in? Let’s STAY fit together!