The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for us watching our weight, it can become hectic and easy to lose sight of our goals. With decorations to be put up, shopping to be done, holiday parties to attend and plenty of goodies and casseroles to cook, it’s easy for weight loss efforts to get put on the backburner – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Don’t take one step forward and two steps back this holiday season. We’ve come up with a few great tips—a holiday survival guide, if you will—to help you stay on top of your goals, even during the holiday season.

Don’t Try to Go It Alone

Maintaining healthy habits and staying on track is not something that was meant to be done alone. Having another person to encourage you along the way and hold you accountable can make all the difference in the world. Find a friend with similar goals and commit to walking through the holiday season together! There is strength in numbers.

Take the Long Way Around

It can be easier than you think to get a little extra exercise in, and every little bit counts! When you’re doing your holiday shopping, park farther away from the store, or take the stairs rather than riding the escalator. Getting those extra steps in whenever you can will keep you on track and can even make exercise more fun as you roll it into those festive holiday activities that you’re already looking forward to!

Don’t Over-Indulge

When you’re cooking for holiday parties or baking those yummy treats for the office, make a conscious effort to make just enough. If you make too many, you’ll end up with hundreds of Christmas cookies and leftovers sitting around your house, tempting you. If you do end up with leftovers, send them home with friends and family! Another good tip is to keep healthy snacks on hand to give you a healthy alternative in those tempting situations.

Think “Big Picture”

With everything going on during the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of your goals in light of the present moment. Often it starts as a one-time splurge. “I don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal,” or, “I’ll skip my morning walk just this once!” But if you splurge at every Christmas party or skip your exercise regimen every day, it can quickly become a downward spiral that’s hard to crawl out of after the holidays. So our advice? Stay strong! If you’re short on time, find ways to gets some extra steps in. And if you’re going to try those holiday cookies, make sure you’re aware of portion control. Don’t lose sight of your goals! Sticking with your regimen and nutrition plan will make you feel way better in the long-run than all those cookies will, and exercise will keep you healthy, increase your metabolism and boost your energy level to get you through those busy days this season!

Treat Yourself

The holiday season is the time to show family and friends plenty of love and appreciation, but it’s also important to take care of yourself, and sometimes that means treating yourself with something nice. It doesn’t have to be much—something as simple as a manicure or pedicure can give you the extra confidence boost you need to when going to all those holiday parties and family gatherings. Feeling good about yourself will motivate you to stay dedicated to your healthy habits, as you work toward becoming your best self.

With these tips in mind, try to take the holidays one day at a time this season. Don’t get discouraged, and remember that the small choices you make day-to-day will add up. You can achieve your weight loss goals, even in the face of all the hustle and bustle, holiday potlucks and Christmas cookies.

Motivational Quote:

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.” –Michael Jordan

Fashion Tip:

Choose fabrics wisely. Avoid stiff, hard and heavy fabrics, as well as clingy, over-Spandexed fabrics that magnify every bulge and ripple. The best choices are fluid fabrics that drape the body and softly follow your curves. The goal is to see your overall shape, not the shape of every body part.

RECIPE: Chicken Rice Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package chicken bouillon supplement dissolved with ½ cup water
  • 4 oz. chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/8 cup each, chopped: yellow squash, broccoli, and green peppers, snap peas
  • To taste – onion powder, Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning and black pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place chicken, supplement, rice and vegetables in small baking dish; sprinkle with spices and bake for 30 minutes.

Servings: 1               Meal: Lunch Option 1

Phase 4-6                 Meal: Dinner

(Adjust protein to meet menu needs.)

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