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Keeping on track this Holiday Season

December 17, 2010
  1. Set Some Fitness Goals and Have a Plan: First and foremost I would recommend that you set fitness goals and stick to a plan, such as RAW FITNESS Classes!
  2. Use Moderation When Cheating On Your Diet: Allow yourself to indulge a little here and there, but limit your portions. Far too many of us think “Oh, it’s a holiday so I should eat as many treats as I can because once the holiday season is over, I can’t have treats anymore!” This is a huge misconception! Why not have a small taste of what you want, and enjoy the time with your family rather than a huge plate of food and a belly ache. Cookies and pies are around 365 days a year, and with planned cheat meals you can enjoy them every week. So don’t make the holiday season a reason to ruin your hard earned results. I always share in my classes; “to plan your cheat (treat) day
  3. Make Yourself A Goal To Do Something Active Each Day: It might not be your average workout, but try to get out and move for at least 30 minutes. I always encourage FUN activity with my Fitters, Walking (intervals), hiking (we have so many beautiful hikes here in M.R. and Vancouver), biking, swimming and play, play, play with the kids! The key here is to plan it the night before and put it into your schedule, set the intention! Find a workout partner to keep you motivated
  4. Eat A Balance Of Macronutrients: Do not cut out any food groups as you will most likely be hungry and eat foods that your body doesn’t really need. If you are hungry, fill up on protein and veggies as protein increases your metabolism by up to 20% and veggies take more calories to digest than what they contain. Keep your healthy fats in your diet as well (for our low carb, Paleo eaters).
  5. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption: you are better off eating an extra cookie than consuming numerous cocktails. Excess alcohol just contributes too much to fat gain.
  6. Drink Plenty Of Water: Many times we will overeat because we are dehydrated and thirsty. Therefore, make sure that your water intake is adequate. Besides, water also gives you a sense of fullness so if properly hydrated you will be consuming less food. At this time of year it is easy to get dehydrated (stresses, dry weather) drink good ol water!
  7. Don’t Keep “Danger” Foods Around: We all have some food that will trigger a binge, so try to keep these food out of the house. Enjoy a piece of organic 85% dark chocolate!
  8. Brush Your Teeth Following A Meal: Sounds silly but who wants to eat after they have that minty fresh breath?
  9. Limit Your Time In Front Of The Television Set: Rather than sitting in front of the television set when you have some free time, spend time with the ones you love by visiting them or giving them a call. In this manner, you will not be influenced by the numerous commercials that constantly market foods and you will get to spend time with your loved ones (which is what the Holidays should be all about) at the same time.
  10. Plan A Time Each Week To Wear One Of Your Favorite Tight Outfits: Whether it is a cute holiday dress or sexy new blouse, once you have in your mind that you want to wear your “hot” outfit for a particular reunion or party, you will be less likely to over indulge (remember your “WHY”! focus on that!). Since this is the Holidays, typically you will have at least one of these every ten days or so. You can, in this manner, save your cheat meals for the particular reunion, and then eat clean the remainder of the time.

Decide today that you want to make the best out of this holiday season. Don’t wait until January 1st to set your New Year’s Resolution; set it today. You will enter 2011 feeling great and will be able to focus on a different goal than 90 percent of the population. You only live once, so enjoy what you love in moderation. Make the holiday season about being with your loved ones rather than feeling guilty about eating too much. Stay active, even if it is not your normal routine, you will maintain or progress even during this time of year. Do the Challenge of the week!

And I will see you to start a new session on Dec 28th!

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