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How To Avoid Busting Your Belt This Holiday Season

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Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, and every holiday party in between…We’ve got  A LOT of temptations coming our way between now and January. Most people say, “SCREW IT,” and they just overeat, stop exercising and then once January rolls around they’ve managed to pack on 1, 5, or even 10 pounds. I think I read somewhere that the average person gains 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Years.

If you have been exercising daily like you should and eating right, then what was the the point of doing all of that if you’re just going to throw it all away and stuff yourself with grandma’s mac and cheese and loads and loads of cookies? Think about the many workout sessions you’ve had and how HARD you’ve worked during them. Do you want all of that hard work to go to waste? Will eating smaller portions and making healthy choices ruin your holidays?

I don’t think so, but maybe that’s just me. For those of you who don’t want to pack on the extra weight over the holidays, and who don’t want all of your hard work and dedication to working out and eating right to go to waste, then read on. I’m going to give you 5 tips on how to survive the holiday season without having to go out and buy bigger jeans come January.

5 Tips To Avoid Busting Your Belt In January

1. KEEP Exercising.

Me Doing P90X Plyo (taken last year)

Me Doing P90X Plyo (taken last year)

This may sound like a no brainer, but for a lot of people this is the first thing that goes during the holidays. They claim they don’t “have time” to exercise with all of the family activities. Yea right. That’s a bunch of BS and is just an excuse. If you’re serious about staying fit and healthy, then you should MAKE the time! Thanksgiving day is going to be CRAZY for us. My wife and I have to travel between 2 houses for 2 Thanksgiving dinners (one with my family and one with her family). On top of that my wife will be running a race first thing in the morning.

I could make excuses on why I don’t have the time to exercise on Thanksgiving, but I’m not. I’m going to get up crazy early before her race to get my workout done. I’m going to make the time.

If you don’t have access to your usual exercise equipment (dumbbells, your workout DVD’s, or whatever), then be creative! There’s plenty of exercises you can do without equipment.

Another thing you can do so that you keep exercising is to get your family involved! How about going for a speed walk with your family members after your big turkey dinner? Or how about challenging some of your family members to a basketball game in the driveway? Be CREATIVE and make it fun!

If you are seriously committed to exercising daily over the holidays, then you WILL find a way. Otherwise, you’ll just make excuses and you’ll have a big surprise when you step on the scale in January. Ok, I think I’ve harped on the exercising tip enough…

2. KEEP The Holiday Goodies Out Of Your Home.

Bringing home cookies and other holiday “treats” is never a good idea! :-) If it’s in your home, then more then you’ll likely give in to the temptation and eat it. If a container of chocolate cookies or ginger bread men/women were sitting on our counter I know I’d eat a few every time I walked by. I LOVE cookies so I know I have to maintain some self control when I’m around them, and keeping them in our home is always a bad idea.

Let other people take home the leftovers. If you keep your home free of the junk (and filled with healthy Christmas treats), then you’ll at least be forced to eat healthy at home.

fruit bowl3. BRING Healthy Options To Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner And To Parties.

If you’re going to a party or to a Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner, then bring a few healthy options. Bring a fruit bowl, or some other healthy food that you made. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be disgusting. There’s LOTS of incredibly good, but healthy food recipes out there.

4. EAT Before You Go To Party.

I do this ALL the time. My favorite thing I like to have before I go to a party or some other place where I don’t control the food that is there, is Shakeology. I’ll plan ahead and instead of having Shakeology as my mid morning or mid afternoon meal (like I usually do), I’ll have it right before the party. Shakeology keeps me full for a good 3-4 hours so I don’t even want to indulge in the junk. Prior planning prevents piss poor performance! Plan ahead, and eat something healthy before going to a party that will keep you full.

5. KEEP A Food Journal.

People who typically keep a food journal will a lot of times just stop using it all together in November and December. Don’t do that! Continue using a food journal. This will allow you track what you’ve been eating, and if you splurged a bit or ate too much in a particular meal, then you can compensate for it in your other meals during the day (or you can exercise a little more that day). That is obviously not the ideal situation, and not a long term approach you should be taking with your eating habits, but it is an option for the holidays.

If you don’t know how to keep a food journal, then go here – How To Keep A Food Diary.

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So there you have it! Those are 5 tips to help you survive this holiday season without having to go out and buy bigger jeans in January…

By the way, am I’m going indulge a bit and have some not so healthy food over the holidays? Of course! I workout out 6 days a week, and I eat healthy 90% to maybe even 95% of the time. Am I going to stuff my face to the point that I feel bloated and just want to stare mindlessly at the TV and fall asleep? Absolutely not.

I’m going to plan ahead, and I’ll adjust my other meals on the days that I splurge a bit. I’m also going to have smaller portions so having a cookie or some dessert won’t screw up the progress I’ve made.

So plan ahead, and do whatever you’ve got to do to continue exercising and to maintain healthy eating habits. JUST DO IT!

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