I have both good and bad news about holiday eating and weight gain. In actuality, researchers have found that most people do not gain 5 to 6 pounds during the month between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The actual average is between 1 to 2 pounds, which is manageable if you have a plan to get it off. This article from the Web M.D. archives offers a brief explanation and some great tips on holiday eating.
As I shared in my blog earlier this week, awareness of one’s self is key to making conscious choices and achievable goals. One of the biggest pitfalls is to have your fitness / eating routine interrupted and struggling to get back on your plan. There are countless tips, tricks, and plans for eating less calories while bouncing from party to party. Quick tips to stay on track with your holiday eating!
EatRight.org has a quick 4 tips on how to tackle the holiday temptations.
A week before Thanksgiving this year, The American Heart Association posted a list go tips and some recipe makeovers to help you through the season.
Here is a list of a few suggestions that most of the lists have in common.
- Enjoy any of your favorite holiday treats in moderation.
- Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stay active during the season.
If you can incorporate these integral steps to staying on track, you should have a head start on minimizing the effects of your holiday indulgence.
Halloween is the “unofficial” gateway to caloric overload.
Treats. Sweets. Indulgences. Reflections. Goals. Resolutions. All of these words are associated with the holiday season and the dawning of a New Year. After all of the parties, quick meals while out shopping, and two straight months of “cheat days,” Americans are left to reflect on their unachieved goals from the past year and once again, set New Year’s resolutions.
Have you ever stopped to think why only 8% of all New Year’s Resolutions are kept? How difficult is it to stop 2 months of over indulgence when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st? Why not start implementing small changes in November and December to set yourself up for success? Huff Post has a great article from December of last year that offers tips on changes in the New Year.
It seems retail stores roll out Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year, why not start planning your New Year’s Reset earlier this year!?! B.A.M. Logic is an easy way to lay out and stick to a plan: BEGIN with a Goal / Plan. Achieve Consistency. Maintain Motivation. I would love to help you plot your plan of attack for a successful in 2018! BAM!!!
Maintain Motivation Monday
Maintaining motivation is tough for most of the world. An integral part of staying motivated, is to find a source of inspiration that speaks to YOU and to remain positive!
I was recently asked, “What did you think about the gym before you started working out with Coach Rob?”
Well — let’s just say I didn’t like to think about the gym, which was totally obvious by the state of my body. I would occasionally get on the treadmill or elliptical but not without my reservations. I mean, I was FAT!
Imagine this if you will. I was overweight and walked into the gym in baggy workout clothes, I jump on a treadmill between “Workout Wendy” in her cute form-fitting ensemble and “Fitness Frank,” who is so muscular it’s a bit distracting. Walking on the treadmill and keeping my balance on the elliptical needed to be my main focus, not what others thought of me or how I looked, but it is human nature. We all want to put our best foot forward but when you get winded after a few minutes of working out, you wonder who noticed.
Although I would attempt to boost my heart rate and get in a cardio workout, I was too intimidated to even approach the free weights area, so I made minimal progress.
Now, one year in to my journey with Coach Rob, I walk in to the gym with a plan and confidence. I know exactly what exercises I am going to do and have no problem busting out some cardio and pumping iron with “Wendy” and “Frank!” I am all in! #TeamKilla BAM!!!