Ah, yes, the day after. I know I go big on Thanksgiving day, as I’m sure you do too. That extra glass of prosecco, that double serving of mashed potatoes, and where I really fall down is at the dessert table! Most of us put on at least 5 pounds over the holiday season, and each year it gets tougher and tougher to take it off. Over time, this can add up to a lot! Not to mention, the stress this type of weight gain/weight loss has on your heart and body. So this year, instead of just falling into that cycle again, let’s take a look at how we can nip that holiday bulge in the bud, BEFORE it starts!
1) HAVE A PLAN!: I definitely enjoy myself at the dinner (and dessert) table during Thanksgiving, don’t get me wrong. And, at this point in my journey, I do it without any remorse. I go into it knowing full well what I’m going to do and I do not beat myself up for it, and I can do this because I have a plan! I prepare beforehand, by eating healthy leading up to this day, and being sure I’m getting my workouts in. And the biggest reason I don’t have any guilt about it is, I have a plan for the Turkey Day Splurge.
2) GET YOUR WORKOUT IN!: While I’m planning our holiday, I’m also planning my post holiday re-boot. I make sure to schedule time in to workout during the holidays. Often, at this busy time of year, fitness is the first thing to get cut from our schedule. But, getting some regular exercise during the holidays, is actually more critical than at other times of the year. At this time of year, not only do we exercise less, but we are also consuming more food and drink due to holiday parties, stress, etc. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever, not to mention, you're taking time to take care of yourself during what is usually a crazy time of year. Even just a 30 minute brisk walk each day can keep you on track with helping to control your appetite, but it can also help you maintain a sense of sanity during a very hectic time of year. So break out your calendar (or your iPhone) and schedule in some workouts for yourself. These appointments are just as important as any other appt, so don’t skip out on yourself.
3) SHOP FOR THE DAY AFTER!: As far as food goes, when I’m doing our Thanksgiving shopping, I also work in my post Thanksgiving shopping. This means buying lots of fresh greens, some fruit, clean protein and loads of goodies for green smoothies! I plan ahead to break the splurge cycle immediately after Thanksgiving by making lots of green smoothies on Black Friday and some clean protein and veggies for dinner. Doing this takes a little discipline, but usually I’m so over food its easier to go cold turkey :) and jump right into some healthy eating. And I find the quicker I reel it in, the easier it is to get back on track.
So, if you want to keep your holiday weight in check, try to keep ‘party mode’ to a minimum and get right back on track the very next day with some clean eating, lots of water, and get in your exercise. It is possible to enjoy the holidays AND keep your weight in check, it just takes a little planning and foresight. And if you need any workout ideas, click on over to my YouTube Channel where you’ll find plenty of videos!