By Sidney Wilson
Whether you are ready for it or not, there’s no denying the season is here. Retailers are pounding consumers with holiday advertising. That also means another less desirable season is upon us — extra pounds season — the time of year when a vast number of people pack on weight and inches.
Don’t be one of the statistics this year. Prepare now for the season of indulgence and avoid it sneaking up on you. Right now is the time to put a game plan in place. Being proactive is always more successful than reacting.
Take time today to create your game plan. It isn’t complicated nor is it time-consuming. Take 15 to 30 minutes today to develop your outline. You can break it into three critical parts: what you eat, how you move, and chaos reduction. If I can help you, please let me know.
What you eat…
When faced with a buffet, three points can help keep you on track.
First, choose a small plate which will automatically limit your quantity. Second, mentally divide your plate into four equal parts:
one part should be filled with veggies, another with lean protein (like skinless turkey), a third part with fruits, and the final part with an indulgence (a cookie or brownie, etc). Third, don’t allow yourself more than one trip through the buffet line.
The temperatures are chilly, the seasonal music is playing in the background — the perfect setting for a cozy, hot drink. But beware of those comfort drinks. Many coffee drinks are overflowing with empty calories. Even if you choose only a small-sized sweet concoction, you most likely will drink the equivalent amount of calories as is found in an entire healthy meal. Alternatively, try a coffee with almond milk, Stevia sweetener, and a dash of cinnamon.
Spend 30 minutes one weekend cutting up vegetables for quick on-hand snacks. Choose your favorites from carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, snap peas, etc. Have them washed, cut, and placed in airtight containers. Keep some at home in the fridge and bring some to work
with you. When the munchies come on, grab a container first before diving for the holiday cookies and snacks.
Start a new tradition: A healthy holiday recipe exchange. Instead of the traditional cookie exchange or sweet treat preparation party, challenge friends and family to makeover a favorite holiday recipe.
These days it is rather easy to search the Internet to find a healthy alternative recipe for one of your favorite holiday treats. Have everyone share a sample of their healthy treat along with the full recipe.
How you move…
Most fitness professionals will confess that December often is the slowest time of year for new members and clients. Yet joining a club, training with a trainer, or joining a new class during the holidays can be a major advantage in your fight against holiday bulge.
Seriously consider this option. You may even find that paying for a membership is a major exercise motivator.
Trick your muscles. If you indulge a little during these holiday weeks, you’ll want ammunition to help fight against those extra calories. Breaking from your normal strength training routine can help confuse your muscles, which is a good thing. It can make your workouts more efficient. So change up your strength program with different exercises, different equipment, different weight sizes or all of the above.
You do not have to be a doctor to know that stress has a direct link to weight issues. Stress, of course, can lead to overeating. Also, stress alone has been linked to weight gain in some studies. How is this related to the holidays? Remember, stress is your enemy in the weight gain battle so you must keep it in check.
Many find themselves with more obligations this time of year. Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed. Cross items off your list that just aren’t a necessity for your holiday enjoyment. Ask for help from others. For example, get family involved with the cooking, enlist the help of your kids with present-wrapping, etc.
Recharge your batteries. Amid the hectic schedule, make time to relax every day. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to do whatever is most relaxing to you. This could be a warm bath, uninterrupted reading time, meeting a friend for a quick coffee, going for a walk, or whatever lowers your stress.
Can I Help You? Exercise is one of the best stress reducers available but so many people skip out of their workouts this time of year. Don’t let this happen to you. Sign up for one of my customized online personal training programs today! Go to the website listed below for more information… http://www.sidneywilson.com/
Sidney Wilson is a Las Vegas-based celebrity fitness trainer and lifestyle coach dedicated to providing his clients with the tools needed to “Get Vicious.” Through rigorous workouts and extensive nutrition coaching, Sidney trains clients at The Get Vicious Training Center located at 5693 South Jones Blvd. Suite 103, Las Vegas, NV 89118, or remotely around the world through his website www.sidneywilson.com. Sidney can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-226-6359.