Tis the season to be merry!
Or should I say, tis the season most people are going to over eat and drink, but not you this year! Let’s make a pact to do it different this year so we don’t dread starting over again Jan 1 I want you to be more mindful than ever when it comes to food, but still be able to enjoy every party you attend, because we cannot avoid them. Plus, how much fun would that be to stay home and avoid having too much fun, because you are afraid to gain weight.
I am sure you are invited out to socialize all year round, we can always find an excuse to get out, right? The problem is that once the holidays roll around, people seem to slack more, and not pay as much attention to what they are eating and drinking.
After coaching for over 10 years, I have realized that people act as if the holiday calories do not count.
The hard truth is, they do count, and they do add up one by one. I have been there myself. I let my guard down one year from Thanksgiving until Jan 1st, and guess what? I gained almost 10lbs! YES, I really did. Many statistics say that the average person gains anywhere from 5 -10LBS during this season. Doesn’t that scare you enough that you don’t want to be one of them this year?
Most of us can say, we have all experienced weight gain during the holidays at some point in our lives and for those that don’t know what I am talking about, please email me your tricks! There will be lots of unhealthy, but yummy food and drinks that can lead to eating those unhealthy foods in excess, and of course, the hangovers we face the next day. Here is my advice on how to handle these parties on the day of, and the day after.
- First and foremost, please do not have any guilt about having too much fun, because you know you completely deserved it. Getting together with old friends and family members you haven’t seen all year, shouldn’t be enjoyed to the fullest. You are hard working people and if anyone tells you that you don’t deserve to have fun, tell them to @#$%^%^&&. LOL
Having any kind of guilt only leads to more negative feelings about yourself. Stop it right now and enjoy the memories you will create with your friends or family. This is the most important thing you can do.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water from the minute you wake up on the day of the party, AND the day after. During the party, drink one water in between your drinks. This is the way to lessen your hangover and keep your body hydrated all night. Drinking water the next day will also flush out your system and help you feel better. You are dehydrated from the drinks, sodium, and excess sugars you may have consumed, so drink as much water as you can all day.
- Get fresh air, even if it’s freezing outside. I am not an outdoor kind of girl, but I make myself breathe in fresh air to first get me off the couch, and second, to wake my body up. While you are out there, move around. Move your body or get in a sweat. Even 15 minutes will do you good. If you haven’t signed up for my FREE 7 day Hot for the Holidays Challenge, click here: http://www.kelleytyan.com
- On the day of a party, try to limit your carb intake and add more clean veggies and protein during the day. If you know you will be consuming extra calories, do not indulge during the day. Be extremely conscientious about the food you eat leading up to a night out. Everything adds up so save yourself extra weight gain.
As I said, you cannot avoid holiday parties, birthdays, family gatherings, etc…. so do yourself a favor and move forward the next day without any guilt. YOU are always in control so help yourself by following a few rules and always prepare your mind ahead. This means, get it in your head before you go out, that you will be mindful of what you eat and drink as much as you can. I want to save you from holiday weight gain, but it all comes down to your decisions you make on a daily basis.
Remember, the more you sweat, the better off you will be if you eat extra calories so start now and prepare ahead. I know you can do this, especially if I can. When I don’t want to get a workout in, I make myself go even more because the feeling I have when it is done, is priceless.
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Cheers to enjoying parties with discretion!