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3 Tips to ROCK the Holidays

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Remember the game Operation!?

Well, it’s officially November – that means you survived Halloween. Have you managed to rid yourself of leftover candy so that it doesn’t haunt you? (See what I did there? Haunt? Halloween? Get it?) If not, do it now. Or put it in the freezer so that if you’re feeling binge-y, you can only do so much damage.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the holidays are comin’ in hot. If you live somewhere warm and haven’t noticed that it’s getting chilly at night, surely you’ve seen chatter about the latest Starbucks cup controversy to remind you that no holiday season is complete without grown adults Twitter fighting about disposable cups.

Anyhow, the holidays are upon us and if you’re freaking out about it a little bit, you’re not alone. While the holidays are

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Blogging about green seasonal cup while drinking out of said cup!

supposed to be a time to slow down and appreciate the company of friends and family, often times they’re more stressful than anything else. Especially if you are trying to juggle your health and wellness in addition to all the shopping, cooking, traveling, and socializing.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is notorious for forcing us to put our healthy living on the back burner in an effort to enjoy all the season has to offer. A quick Google search will yield you millions of results about the amount of weight that Americans put on in November and December and fail to take back off in January and beyond. While the exact statistics on this are arguable, there’s no denying that it’s harder to make healthy choices and make time for exercise when we’re attending frequent parties focused around eating.

That being said, as I have mentioned before, consistency is key in attempting to lose weight or body fat, gain muscle, and develop healthy habits. So let’s not go down the, “everything between now and January 1st is a wash so I’m not even going to try but 2017 is MY YEAR” road. How about finishing this year out strong and feeling good throughout the holidays so that you can hit the ground running in January?

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Here are a few suggestions to help you do just that and ROCK the holidays this year:

  1. Manage your expectations for the season. You may not have reached your weight loss or healthy living goals, yet, but I suggest utilizing the next couple months for maintenance, rather than weight loss. While it’s not impossible to lose weight over the holidays, it may mean sacrificing more than you are willing to do. Understand that you can still make healthy choices most of the time and squeeze in exercise when you can, but rather than striving for continued weight loss, how about adjusting your goals to coincide with this indulgent time of year? Striving to maintain where you are is a great goal during the holidays when you know you are likely to be eating more and moving less than you normally do. Maintaining, rather than digging yourself into an end-of-year hole is a great way to stay sane through the holidays and set yourself up for success in the new year.
  2. Tell yourself that your errands/daily activities are helping you maintain your weight. A Harvard study conducted on housekeepers suggests that believing that what you’re doing has a positive effect may lead to subtle changes in behavior. Don’t underestimate the power of small positive changes. Just having this rosy outlook can help
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    Resist the urge to dress like this all winter

    you be more active, make healthier food decisions, and find time for exercise when you thought there was none.

  3. Don’t fall into the prison-inmate-wardrobe-trap.¬†Prison inmates regularly gain 20-25lbs while incarcerated and don’t realize it until they’re released and their old clothes don’t fit. Many blame the loose jumpsuits for not giving any indication of their gradual gain. So don’t be like a prisoner and wear your elastic/roomy eating pants from now until January. If you’re wearing a belt or something form-fitting, you’re likely to eat less than if your outfit is comfier.

BONUS: The tips above are just the tip of the iceberg (did you catch that one?). I’ve put together a comprehensive group of absolutely free resources to help you Maintain (your weight) and Remain Sane this year and I want to share them with you!

In addition to dozens of more mindset, party, general eating, and lifestyle tips to help you navigate the holidays with your waistline and sanity in tact, I’ve put together:3d-no-background

  • 10 at-home, no equipment necessary, quickie workouts that you can do in 5-20 minutes
  • a 6-week calendar with daily healthy living tasks
  • a guide for fitting alcohol into your diet
  • a healthy recipe round-up
  • “Is It Worth It?” Flow Chart to help you make healthy decisions
  • a Facebook support group
  • Weekly FB live strategy calls

It’s going to be so, so great and I would love for you to join me! Click here or the book to the right to sign up today!

Have friends you think would be interested, feel free to share with them! As with all things holiday, the more the merrier!

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