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Holiday Cheer and Operation Maintain

November 30, 2011

Over the past month and a half I have been on the strongest health-kick I’ve ever been on – since college (thanks Simple Fitness Tracker). And I am truly excited about that. But today, it is with decided angst that I look at my calendar for the month of December. Why? Because everyday next week and every weekend thereafter, there is a PARTY. And not just any party, parties laden with high fructose beverages, carb carrying platters, and hosts of sugary, chocolatey treats – oh my! And of course no one would dare offer up veggie trays during the Christmas Season (I know I’m not offering any at my party).

So my goal for the rest of this Holiday Cheery month is to maintain my great strides achieved in October and November.  Check out the following steps to staying fit and fine:

1) Keep exercising. I know the temperature has dropped and snuggling on the couch is oh so very inviting, but think of your mother’s Red Velvet cake you just can’t pass up. Turn the channel to your favorite high-energy music station, get up, and GET DOWN!

2) Don’t skimp on strength training either. Did you know that strength training can provide up to a 15% increase in metabolic rate, which is extremely helpful for weight loss and long-term weight control. And you don’t necessarily need weights either. Try push-ups, crunches, and lunges. They really do work.

3) Portion control. When you go to these parties, try to resist eating a boat-load of everything. Taste everything for sure, but don’t go crazy. And if you do go a little crazy, add another 30 minutes to your GET DOWN routine in number 1.

4) The ‘bubbly’ can cost up to 100 calories, give or take a few. Try this, enjoy a wine spritzer instead. Even a ‘mock’tail with natural juices, sparkling water and sweetened with corn syrup makes for a tasty and festive alternative.

5) Petits fours (thumbs up); cake/pie slice (thumbs down)

Now armed with these few little tips, Operation Maintain is in full effect! Share your tips, we’d love to read them.

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sweetopiagirl permalink
    November 30, 2011 9:39 pm

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

    • November 30, 2011 9:53 pm

      Thank you for sharing LH2 🙂 Our goal is to expand our reach to help as many people as we can.

  2. Yuriy permalink
    November 30, 2011 9:44 pm

    Go on and make that operation a success! 🙂 Thanks for the great advice and good luck battling those parties. One point I’d add is about portion control. Put as little on your plate as possible each time you get food. It’s always better to get more later than to fill up a plate and then finish it off even if you may not be hungry. Also, harder to say than do, but work on eating more slowly. If you take your time, your stomach will point out when you’re full. Otherwise, it may not have enough time to send you the signal. Happy Holidays!

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