It is that time of year for most of us who celebrate Christmas, and for those who celebrate Chanukah, Solstice or just enjoy being with family/friends for the holidays.
Yes that time of socializing with the pitfalls of possible self indulgence.
Possible? Oh yeah...
It is so easy to fall into the YO YO! trap while celebrating your HO HO!
What am I talking about? Well the scale and your weight becomes your yo yo, rising and falling with the choices you make.
Does this make me and you happy to see? No unless it is on the downward side of our weight, then I am very jolly indeed!
But how do we avoid the pitfalls of this holiday season? How do we remain Jolly and retain our HO HO! while losing that YO YO?
That is a tough one, but in a sense not so tough at all.
WE need to PLAN AND STICK WITH OUR PLAN.
That doesn't mean we have to deny ourselves everything. If you are dreaming of shortbread and sugar cookies; plum pudding is dancing in your head; your drooling over the thought of Turkey dinner and all that goes with it.
PLAN to have A cookie.
PLAN to have A small piece of plum pudding.
PLAN to have this or that.
PLAN to have what it is you really really want.
And most importantly --
STICK WITH YOUR PLAN!
I PLAN to have the turkey, salad, vegetables those are all a go and fit into my plan anyways.
I PLAN to have a piece of pie or a piece of plum pudding. These are not normally in my plan, but by adjusting my food tracker that day I will indulge GUILT FREE.
I Probably won't have wine or alcohol. WHY? Because I CHOOSE NOT TO, as it DOES NOT FIT INTO MY PLAN.
You may make your PLAN SPECIFIC TO YOUR GOALS.
Now this is my plan for Christmas Day, what happens if we go visiting?
I USE THE SAME PLAN!!
Keep it simple. If you plan to indulge make room for it in your daily calorie count.
I will cut back on my Breakfast, lunch and snacks so that I have more wiggle room at Dinner if this is where my PLAN needs to come into play.
It is also easier to bounce back from a day or two of indulgence than it is from a week or more.
I will also PLAN TO EXERCISE to combat this extra intake.
Walk, jog, stretch, strength...whatever you enjoy as long as YOU MOVE.
Yep...MOVE IT TO LOSE IT.
I am off to run now, followed by cleaning my house and walking the dog.
I hope you are PLANNING AND MOVING.
Together we can Plan and beat the YO YO! and make the HO HO! our focus.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!