Holiday Regrets…the morning after!

The holidays are here and so are the parties, the celebrations, and the family gatherings. At this time of year we can find ourselves snacking more often and eating items that are not typically on our normal diet. We are surrounded by chocolate, candy treats, delicious casseroles and appetizers. We take in more liquid calories than normal through alcohol, frapachinos, and mixers. All of these items add up! The imbalance occurs when these calories in outweigh the calories out. During the winter season the outdoor weather is not very inviting. We typically have to find time to get to the gym or workout at home. This ends up creating a tailspin to frustration for many of us.

I am not here to preach the obvious…we all know that we need to stay active and eat a well balanced diet. What I hope to express today is my support! Many of us will take our fitness and diet frustrations and implement them into our New Years resolutions. We will enter the holidays with an acceptance that the battle versus food is lost and we will restart after January 1st. What I want you to understand is that even if you lost control last night at the holiday party, the war is not lost! Get out of bed today and begin anew! Refocus on your goals and get back on track. Don’t give up and wait until January!

This is also not the best time for quick weight loss. There are so many temptations and our schedules are atypical. Some of us will try to significantly cut calories as a means to drop weight fast. When you cut significant calories you will drop weight…but you also will increase your hunger hormones, you will slow down your metabolism and ultimately your body will fight you to return to the balance it had before the weight loss. To explain that simply, once you lose the weight, your body will fight you to put the weight right back on!

Here are my suggestions for surviving the Holidays!

  • Taste everything…but don’t finish everything – 2 to 3 bites, and stop.

  • Don’t stand near the appetizer table.

  • Watch your liquid calories

  • BE ACTIVE! Track your steps…move as much as possible!

  • Eat a small meal before you go to a party. Fill up with healthy calories.

  • Stay on track! Even if you fall off track once or twice…just get back on!

  • Enjoy being with your family – don’t always focus not the food & treats.

  • Have a Blessed and Happy Holiday!

About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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2 Responses to Holiday Regrets…the morning after!

  1. charlene scharf says:

    Katie…this is a great REMINDER….thank you thank you….what a way to start a very eating oriented week…it’s al most like we are put to the test during this happy holiday celebrating time!

  2. Robin says:

    I’ve been running around getting ready for Christmas for the last two weeks and have definitely not been working out as much as usual. Thanks for the great suggestions. Instead of eating a small meal before parties, I’ve been drinking a green smoothie, but I need to work on just taking a few bites at the parties!

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