For some of you in the Northeast and Midwest, you probably experienced pretty mild weather for December last week, but nonetheless, it is still December. And that means holiday parties, cookies, dinners, and all things peppermint (lattes, bark, cookies, candies, etc). Most of the people that I work with when helping them with their weight loss and fitness journey, tend to lose momentum around this time of year. Here are some tips that I have shared with them to help them out, so hopefully you will find this helpful as well!
- Drink LOTS of Water: Drinking water has many benefits, but one thing that I do now is increase my water intake because when I’m tempted to eat poorly or am surrounded by tons of sweets, I may not even be hungry for those things. So I drink a big glass of water to help curb my appetite. If I’m still tempted, I will most likely not as much because of the water.
- Drink Green Tea: I know that it is cold outside and sometimes you want something warm and comforting. Trade in the hot chocolate and lattes for a cup of green tea. Green tea has metabolism boosting properties and can help to keep you burning calories!
- Schedule Your Workouts: With all of the parties and end of the year minutia your days and nights can be pretty packed. Make your workouts a priority by scheduling them – write it down in your day planner or set an alert in your phone or put it on your to do list. This will help you stay committed to your workouts if you know that you have it on your day’s plan of activities.
- Eat Healthy Snacks: To keep yourself from being tempted by the varieties of goodies that circulate around the home and office, pack a few healthy snack options to keep in your purse, your desk or your car. This way, you can choose to eat healthier options and not feel left out. Try savory and sweet mixes to satisfy you like almonds and cranberries or apples and peanut butter. Or even check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or Fudgy Oat Bars.
- Order a Salad Appetizer: When you are out to dinner with family and friends, always order a salad with tons of veggies and choose a low fat/low calorie dressing and have it on the side. Eat your salad slowly and drink a glass of water with it. This will help to fill you up so you will be less likely to over-indulge on your lunch or dinner.
- Drink Shakeology: This is a no-brainer to me because not only is it one of the most healthiest shakes around, but it also helps to eliminate your cravings and gives you tons of energy.
- Alternate Alcoholic drinks with water: If you can, I say avoid the drinks all together because they can increase your daily caloric intake tremendously, but if you want to partake, alternate your drinks starting with a glass of water first then have an alcoholic drink. This will help to keep limit your intake, because drinking your calories can be a major setback, and also help you to stay sober and avoid hangovers.
- Eat Your Veggies First: If you are at a party scope out the crudite first and fill your plate with veggies or if you are at a lunch or dinner, eat the veggies on your plate first. This ensures that you load up on the healthiest stuff first which can limit the amount of the not-so-healthy stuff and desserts.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: When you are out a holiday parties, this can be helpful because the second that your feet hurt you will most likely grab a drink, fill a plate and take a seat and stay there the entire night, instead of being up and walking around and if you are like me, dancing the night away. Cheap trick to burn a few extra calories 🙂
- Forgive Yourself: If you do have a day or night where you over-indulge, don’t sweat it. It happens. Forgive yourself and realize that tomorrow is a brand new day. Many people let one bad day ruin all of the progress that they have made by simply quitting. Stick with it and enjoy your holidays.
Hopefully, these tips will provide you with some options of how to stay on track to reaching your health and fitness goals!