I can’t believe that Christmas is less than 30 days away! My lights are up on the outside of my home, the decorations are up on the inside. All that’s left is the tree.
So far we have 4 holiday parties to attend, and 3 to host! (One of our parties is a cookie swap, can you say hello Santa!) I’m sure more invites will arrive as we get closer to Christmas.
I’m a baker. I love to make cake, pies, cookies, candy, all things sweet. As we get closer to Christmas I start making (and tasting) the treats I make for my neighbors and friends as gifts. Oh, what a slippery slope I ride on every year.
Last year was the first time that I didn’t gain weight over the holidays! I actually stayed at my professional beach volleyball in season weight through the New Year. I usually gain about 10 pounds during my off season, only to lose it all again for the next season. This year I have had an extremely long off season due to the fact that I only played in one event. I’m proud to announce that I weigh less now than I have probably since the 9th grade! I’m feeling lean and amazing!
So, how did I Eat Like Santa, and Look like a movie star over the holidays? Well obviously if I ate like Santa I wasn’t eating perfectly. I LOVE to eat, and I love appetizers and treats, and I still ended up making it through the holidays without gaining a pound.
1. Get Moving!!!
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato. Workout 4-6 days a week. Yep, 4-6 days a week, you’ll feel so much better! You will be moving your body, working it, so that you have room for a treat here and there. Notice I said here and there! Don’t go crazy because it’s the holidays. Enjoy them but don’t overindulge. When we workout we naturally desire to eat better too.
2. Mini Buffet.
At a party you will have tons of food to choose from. Make your choices wisely. Walk around and see what’s available BEFORE you start piling food on your plate. Then pick a few items that are the healthiest for you out of the lot. I know you’ll have your eye on a couple of sweet treats. If that’s the case grab a small sliver of one or two of the treats you are dying to taste. Not a whole piece. Many times when we get a large piece we feel we must eat the whole thing, when our tummy would be just as satisfied with a small taste of it.
3. Toss It!
If something you taste isn’t up to par, don’t feel like you have to finish it. Just toss it. Why eat it, wasting valuable calories that you can save on something else. I think this tip alone has saved me hundreds of calories at parties and events!
What are your secrets to keeping the weight off during the holidays?