If you are like me, you have a ton of holiday parties going on this time of the year. So far I’ve already been to two, and I have another four coming up, not to mention Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day activities AND New Years Eve and New Years Day. It’s such a busy time of the year with above average temptations.
“Wellllll I can only have these yummy little treats this time of the year.”
“But the eggnog at this party is always the best eggnog I’ve ever had in my life.”
“I can’t go out to my husband’s work party without having at least one glass of wine.”
Any of these sound like you?
Girlfriend, I totally get it. I am obsessed with the food on Christmas day. The amount of sugar and butter in the french toast casserole is probably more than the combined total of sugar and butter I eat in a year. You guys all know I’m not going to my man’s company party without a glass of wine. But I am not willing to give up my fitness goals just because of my social life and temptations around me.
Being lean, healthy and strong are all things very important to me, so I have to create a plan of attack to get through the holiday season without any weight gain!! So I’m going to clue y’all in on how I’m going to do it so you can create your own holiday fat loss plan too!
1. Get out your calendar. Mark down your party dates in green. Green is such a fun, social color anyway. Now, write down your workout dates in red. Red is bold and cannot be ignored. No matter what, you must stick to these workout dates. Some should be strategically marked in the morning after some of your parties, so that way you can’t have too much holiday spirit – that would make your workout pretty miserable.
2. Now that you have
penciled in your workouts your workouts scheduled in RED INK, let’s talk about how you are going to handle yourself at these parties. If you know that the head of HR makes the BEST SUGAR COOKIES YOU HAVE EVER HAD IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, then yes, you should have ONE. Take one. Truly enjoy and savor every bite. Don’t scarf it down. Sit down, take each bite slowly and enjoy it. But that is it. Spend the rest of the party socializing, snacking on the veggie plate and sipping seltzer.
3. Bring your own dish. It’s courteous and you can impress people with your amazing cooking skills. It will be really healthy so it will give you something to eat while you are at the party, but no one else even needs to know how healthy it is. I like to bring angelic deviled eggs or spinach and artichoke dip.
4. Wear something sexy. You wanna look good and feel good right? Well this actually has a pretty big psychological impact and can keep you from overdoing it. Last Saturday I wore this tight little number, and I certainly didn’t want to overdo it or my belly was gonna stick out! Get my point?
5. Save it for the parties. If you know that Friday night is going to be a big night, don’t have your wine or chocolate on a Wednesday “just because.” That’s the thing about the holidays and the reason most people gain weight this time of the year. We get into the habit of having things mid-week “just because,” and then when you have something going on every single weekend for a month, and you indulge there too, you now have an excess of “sometimes foods.”
Keep it clean and be a little strict during the week. I’m sorry but a handful of your kids goldfish crackers or a doughnut with your coffee really do count right now because you are going to be taking in more on the weekends than usual. By the time the weekend or your party rolls around you will feel so much better about yourself and the extras that you have won’t hurt so bad.
6. Choose your drinks wisely. Red wine is the best choice, vodka or tequila come second. You can sip a couple of glasses of wine or vodka sodas in a night without doing too much damage. Beware of any pre-mixed drinks and anything with syrup or cream. Remember no matter what, you must stick to your water goal. So for me. before I leave my house I must have drank my entire gallon before I can move on to the big girl drinks.
7. If you are hosting, send your friends home with food. Don’t let anyone’s fatty foods stick around your house. If you have a ton of uneaten food, donate it to a local shelter or toss it right away. Don’t think about it, don’t let it sit there on your counter, speaking to you like the pile of money with eyeballs in the Geico commercial.
8. Keep in mind that the morning after too much alcohol, you are serious fat storing mode. Your metabolism is slower than ever and your body is craving carbs like a mofo. Tell your brain to shut it, and go have a sweet potato with your eggs. Sweet potatoes have a ton of electrolytes which will help you rehydrate. This is also a healthy carb. A couple of hours later in your next meal, have a banana. Coconut water is another great electrolyte replenisher as well. The point is you need to eat healthy foods that will help subside your cravings, foods that are going to be difficult to store as fat. And get up and move. Even if it’s just going for a walk. Anything to help speed up your metabolism!
Now that we are all armed with such a great plan of attack, avoiding weight gain during the holiday season should not be a problem at all. Heck, some of us may even LOSE body fat during the holiday season!
Just remember, it is so possible to stay on top of your goals this time of the year.
No excuses. Just keep pushing forward.