Okay, so Thanksgiving is over, how did you do? Me, I did pretty well. I cooked the entire meal and my goal was to create a menu that still had great flavor, but was a bit healthier than my traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Hey, I’m from the South, so the usual plate is about 2,000 calories. Gasp! And I usually go back from seconds or thirds. This year I stuck with one plate and by creating healthier options and getting in a 25 minute HIIT workout, I was able to stay within my daily calorie limit on myfitnesspal…SWEET!
Now, is time to get back to it and stay focused on eating healthy over the next few weeks. Did you know that on average, people gain 5 – 10 pounds between Halloween and New Years Day? Most people let the holidays come and go and eat whatever they want and reduce their physical activity, with the thought that they will get back to it January 1 with their New Years Resolution. Unfortunately, this thinking can set you up for failure because you are now 5 – 10 pounds heavier at the start of the New Year, meaning you have to lose even more weight and you are probably out of shape, so it will be harder to get back into the swing of things. I want you to be successful in reaching your goals this year and also to make them stick in 2014. Here are some tips to help you over the next few weeks:
- Drink lots of water. I have a 21 Day Fitness Accountability group starting on December 2nd and one of the things that we will focus on is drinking 80 ounces of water a day. Why? It helps to keep us full, flush out toxins, help reduce the bloat, and to keep your hydrated. Try drinking a cup of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning and drinking a glass of water before meals and especially before heading out to holiday parties and dinners.
- Get 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. I know that it is cold out and you may not want to get the car to drive to the gym, but doing anything that will get your heart rate up for 30 minutes 5 days a week, will help keep your metabolism up and help to burn calories. If you need some home fitness programs, I can definitely help you pick out some, but also, here are some free workouts that you can do at home that are about 30 minutes.
- Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. Over the holidays, most people go overboard on sweets and tons of carb loaded dishes. Do yourself a favor, by eating fruits and veggies to help keep the calories low, in the event that you do overindulge throughout the weeks.
- Eat a breakfast packed with protein and fiber. This will keep you full, fueled, and help to break cravings that you may have. Try Shakeology if you need something super healthy and super quick!
Hopefully, these tips will help you to stay focused on keeping the weight loss down. If you need more help staying accountable, let me know, you are more than welcome to join my December 2nd Fitness Accountability group. 🙂