I know, I know.. that’s a lot of exclamation points.. haha..
We have a little over a week until Christmas.. so I think this post is probably long overdue.. but hey, better late than never, right?
Today I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks to keeping off extra pounds during this time of delicious, sugary treats and comforting meals.
Get Your Workout in Early.
I know. Getting up any earlier than you have to seems absolutely impossible. Sleep is important. (and we’ll get to that one in a minute.) But you know what else is important? Getting in some type of movement early in the day, before all the stress, responsibilities, and excuses can creep up on you. We all have the best of intentions. Thinking, “Oh I’ll get in my workout after work.. or later today.. or tonight…” and then life happens and you don’t get to it. This is fine once in a while.. the problem is when it starts becoming a daily occurrence. Before you know it, a week goes by without any movement. Try getting up 10 minutes earlier. Do a little stretching.. push play on a quick HIIT video on YouTube.. do a few jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, and crunches before getting in the shower… do a quick 5 minute yoga session. Any movement is good and will help wake you up, improve your mood, and get you ready for the day ahead. If you are super motivated, get up 30 minutes earlier than normal and complete a good workout.
Go to bed early.
Here’s where sleep comes in. Get to bed at a decent time.. even on the weekends. Sleep is important. When you are tired, you will eat more and your body will crave all the foods that are bad for your waistline. Plus, your mood suffers. You are more prone to irritability, feeling stressed out, and that doesn’t help matters. Not to mention, you probably won’t have the energy you need to get in your workout. You know how much sleep your body needs and what time you need to be up in the morning. Get to bed and enjoy your much-needed rest.
Find the in-between moments.
This one is perfect for all of us busy folks.. and who isn’t busy during the holiday season? Utilitze those in-between moments — your lunch break, while making dinner, getting ready for the day, waiting on your kids to get ready, etc.. and get in a little workout. Do some bicep curls, tricep extensions, squats, lunges, deadlifts, jumping jacks.. if you have more time, hop on YouTube and do a quick fitness video. I love Tracy Campoli because she has a variety of short workouts that are effective and perfect for us busy gals. Even a quick 10 minute yoga video is perfect. You know I’m a huge fan of Yoga With Adriene. Check out her channel for some awesome, feel good yoga. Every little bit adds up.
Limit Your Treats.
Temptation is everywhere. Holiday parties are full of sweet treats, most likely people in your office are bringing in donuts, cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc weekly, or maybe every morning. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet treat.. but it’s easy to overdo it.. and wake up a few weeks later wondering why your pants are too tight. This is part of the reason why it’s important to get that movement in early. If you’ve already worked out, you might be less tempted to undo your hard work and grab a donut or a few cookies. Enjoy a treat or two guilt-free by keeping it to just one or two. If you know you have a party to go to, or a company potluck, wait to enjoy a treat until that event. Eat healthy and light for breakfast and lunch, and enjoy your holiday get-together, eating what you want and not stressing about it. It’s all about being disciplined and finding a little balance. Now, I love treats. So something that really helps me is having gum handy. Choose a minty gum or a sweet gum. It’s up to you.. and when you feel a craving for sugar, have a piece or two of gum.
My final tip is simple. I think all the best things are. Drink water. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and sip on it all day. Now, please don’t buy 24 packs of bottled water.. use a refillable bottle, like a Blender Bottle or something similar… it’s just better for the environment and better for your wallet. When you are hydrated, you are less likely to experience cravings. Add a little lemon juice, lime juice, pieces of strawberry or watermelon to your water to spice it up, especially if you get tired of water easily.
These are the things that I do to ensure that I don’t gain weight over the holidays. Do you have any extra tips to share? Leave a comment. I’d love to know what you do!
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Have a fabulous Friday!