Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This email was sent to me from "Diet Coach Cafe Blog" Linda Spangle
As the holiday season gets more hectic, all your good intentions can start slipping away.
Maybe you hoped to drop another ten pounds before your work party, but the office goodies kept that from happening.
Or you convinced yourself that you were NOT going to drink rum-spiked eggnog this year, but suddenly, you’re enjoying a second cup of it.
It’s a tough time of year to stick with your healthy eating and exercise plans. But instead of giving up until after January 1st, use these common sense ideas to adjust some of your rules.
1. Quit worrying about water
Plan to drink four glasses of water a day. Of course, eight is better, but four is enough to get you by. Plus, you won’t have to go to the bathroom as often, so you’ll actually get more done.
2. Exercise just a little.
Doing something is always better than doing nothing. So this time of year, just do what you can fit into your schedule. Remember to use the “Ten minute solution.” Tell yourself that you only have to exercise for 10 minutes, and after that, you can quit.
Sometimes at the end of ten minutes, you’ll be relieved it’s over and you’ll stop. But other times, you’ll feel better and you might decide to keep going longer.
3. Eat everything!
Just take two bites of everything and savor the taste. Decide whether it’s really phenomenal. If it’s to die for, eat the whole thing and love it. But if it’s ordinary (like a sugar cookie) or perhaps even mediocre, pitch the rest into the trash. (Get over it! Of course you can throw food away.)
4. Enjoy half a meal.
Eat half of what you want. Take half the serving amount you normally would, then maybe even eat half of that. You’ll keep the damage low but still have a good time.
5. Laugh every day
At least once each day, let go of your worries and the demands on your life and do a strong belly laugh! It will lighten your mood, relieve your stress and remind you that this is a joyful time of year, not a serious one.