I am so excited! I made it through the holiday season without totally neglecting my healthy routines and I was able to maintain my weight goal. Prior to the 2016, I have usually gained at least 5 pounds or more during the holidays, which was a result of overeating and inactivity during my much needed winter break from work. I went into this break with a well drawn out plan to maintain my healthy routines and committed to it. My family even got involved and stepped up to the plate to exercise, even on Thanksgiving Day in our hotel’s fitness room. I have to admit, it was a lot of fun, mixing in exercise with our holiday traditions, like walking on the treadmill while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. As much as I thought staying active during my break would be a drag, we actually had a lot of fun.
In addition to staying active, I also tried to listen to by body more as I ate. If I felt full later in the day, instead having a second helping any way, I drank a warm beverage or water. Besides, let’s be honest, holiday meals are very filling and most of the time, we are all really full after one plate. Its just hard to resist the temptation of second helpings. I also noticed another source of temptation, as we socialized with family, that source was FAMILY. If you are from the south, I’m sure you’re familiar with southern hospitality and the efforts that aunts, moms, and grandmas put into encouraging the family to partake 2nd & 3rd helpings of food. Although, I didn’t plan for this temptation, I was able to resist and politely decline. With all of the success that I had this time around, I plan to continue the same routines for every holiday and vacation for the rest of this year. If you’re currently looking for ways to update your healthy routines, or if you would like to know more about my holiday health routine, see my previous post, entitled Maintaining Healthy Routines, October 22nd.
Happy Healthy New Year!