Keeping up with the Blogging Challenge, today’s topic is strategies to keep of the holiday weight. This flows nicely from my November Promise since one of those is to not use the holiday’s as an excuse to be unhealthy! So here are some of the strategies I use and implemented last year where I really wanted to not go crazy over the Christms season like I have in the past.
My top 5 strategies for avoiding holiday weight gain
Healthify your favourite treats… love a Starbucks peppermint mocha? Get it skinny. Love Nanaimo bars? Dream up a wicked protein fortified low sugar version *** note that I have actually dreamed up a recipe for this as I was enjoying a non-healthified Nanaimo bar from Starbucks, if it’s any good I will share the recipe***. Other fitness blogs are an amazing resource for healthy alternatives to your holiday cravings, so get creative in the kitchen and that way you can have your cake and eat it too!
- Bank your calories…. typically I know if I am going to a dinner party or out with friends a few days in advance, so that gives to time to create some wiggle room in your diet. Eat a few less almonds, have a smaller portion of meat, have no oil on your salad for the 3 days before you go out. You can probably cut 750 – 1000 calories in those days without too much effort. Then you can eat those “extra” calories when you go out without it affecting your waistline.
- Run off those calories that weren’t banked… no you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Hopefully you know that. But logging an extra 15 minutes on the treadmill on your runs in the week after you over-indulge (assuming you run/do cardio 3xweek) will burn about 500 calories or one large cupcake!
- Choose your splurge… If you are out to dinner, or at a party choose to have ONE splurge. Do you want to drink some spiked egg nog? Don’t have that cheesecake. Are you eyeing up that chocolate ganache for dessert? Choose a salad for dinner. That way you still treated yourself but you didn’t go way overboard.
- Keep your goals in mind… don’t use every party as an excuse to indulge. Read an Oxygen Magazine or some fitness blogs and inspire yourself to eat well 90% of the time. If you set a goal to run a race, make sure you aren’t falling behind on your plan because the holidays are getting in your way. Hold yourself accountable to your plan.
So what is my plan to keep my goals in mind a la #5?
- Do not eat indulgent food at home OR at work… only when I am actually out with people and at an event
- Limit alcohol to only the weekends, preferably only 1 day
- Get to the gym at least 3 times per week and run 3 miles each time (for the race goal) as well as lifting heavy to build some muscle with those extra calories (for the competition goal)
- Eat NO gluten, and aim for low carb meals
- Drink lots of water which helps keep me feeling full and helps flush out any bad things I do eat!
What are your strategies?