Food is always a focus around this time of year and requires more effort to manage your weight.
The holiday cheer can add at least 5 to 10 pounds with all of the festivities.
I have listed some guidelines to help you think thin and coast through the next few weeks. I believe in damage control before things get out of hand and you feel overwhelmed.
I suggest you follow these seven guidelines starting today:
-- Clean out your kitchen of all temptations that contain white flour and sugar.
-- Schedule in three days per week to workout, even if it is for 20 minutes.
-- Plan your menu for all weekdays, taking into consideration your social life.
-- Start each day with a protein drink and strive to have protein with each meal.
-- Don't eat impact carbs after 7 p.m.
-- If your clothes are tight from Thanksgiving, remind yourself that it is temporary weight gain.
-- Decide what you are wearing for a holiday gathering and hang it where you can see it daily. Try it on periodically to motivate you.
There's nothing wrong with celebrating the holidays and indulging - if you get back on track the very next day. Too many days of indulgence in a row will result in habits that you will find hard to break. We are creatures of habit, so keep yours healthy and you will coast through this season without weight gain!
Rosa Smith-Montanaro is a Virtual Wellness and Weight Loss Coach, and the award-winning creator of the Mind Over Platter program. She also wrote a book of the same name. Her background is in Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Success Coaching.