How to stay on task for the holidays

So. Thanksgiving is Thursday. And you’re probably wondering how in the heck do I behave? Honestly it can be a cheat day if you so desire. Which is my plan. My job starts a “Maintain Don’t gain” holiday challenge this week that leads up until the New Year. I usually partake in that to help me throughout the holidays it’s an excellent way to stay on task when it’s very tempting to stray.

Here is some no nonsense tips to get your through the holidays and Thanksgiving.

*Workout on Thanksgiving and after!. Some gyms are actually open on Thanksgiving for a couple hours. Jazzercise has one class it happens to be at 7am which happens to be when I’m off work (le sigh) but the YMCA Wellness center will be open that day so I will go there. If your gym is not open take a quick walk (weather permitting) or you can find simple workouts via Pinterest or YouTube. Just move! Even if it’s for 30 minutes do squats while the turkey is cooking ūüôā Skip black Friday Shopping¬† (I usually do) but if you are a shopper do it before or after you’re crazy adventures!

* Stay on task prior to and after Thanksgiving. If you meal plan, still do your workouts etc it will help

* Eat breakfast before you have your meal. Still have a good breakfast before you eat the big meal that way your stomach is full and you’re less likely to snack before the meal (see the next one below)

*No snacking while cooking! My bad habit is sticking stuff into my mouth while I cook. If you really need to snack make it a healthy choice like fruits or  veggies. Or chew gum to keep your mouth occupied while preparing.

*Don’t veg out in front of the TV! Thanksgiving can be a lazy day with the parade and football games on the TV, you can became a lump all day which can lead to snacking (see above) because you’re bored. Perhaps go outside after the meal and walk (remember exercise!).

*Drink water! Simple don’t turn to sugary sodas while you eat your meal. Besides water keeps you hydrated and flushes out your system anyways.

*Don’t overeat most importantly don’t have seconds. Enough said.

*Use a smaller plate. That way your plate is fuller and you’ll eat less too.

*Don’t be afraid to leave food your plate. Seriously if you’ll know when you’ve had enough. That leads to overeating.

*Make smart choices. One thing for sure if you attend a function there are plenty of food options! Some people have food allergies, etc so usually there’s plenty to chose from.

*Bring a healthy dish. Again if you’re attending a function and you have to bring a dish to share find or make something healthy. Like a veggie tray or a healthy salad. Or be creative and make the same usual Thanksgiving dish but make it healthier!

*Go easy with the carbs! I am a carb freak it’s easy to go overboard with them again if it’s you’re weak spot then skip it.

*Don’t eat dessert right away or skip it altogether! I love pie as much as the next person but you can wait until after your stomach settles or take a piece home to have later.

* Don’t be afraid to say no. Seriously it’s okay to turn something down and don’t feel guilty about it! Especially if it’s taking leftovers home.

One of the other things is I don’t bake holiday goodies so less temptation there.

However, it’s okay to indulge too just be mindful in your choices. I would recommend if you make Thanksgiving your cheat day, don’t cheat on the weekend go back to your normal routine.

Last but not least if you screw up, it’s okay! Nobody is perfect! Just remember you’re human and continue to work hard!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Mags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To cheat or not to cheat? That is the question

I’ve been trying to decide how to write a post about cheat days or cheat meals since it’s an interesting topic to write about. I’m no expert or guru.¬† But I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Some people may not agree with me on this and that’s fine.¬† Here is an article on Fit sugar¬†(aka Pop Sugar) that talks¬†about it¬†

Yes I have cheat days I save it for the weekends.¬† But mind you I don’t go overboard I still make smart choices in what I eat.¬†When I first started to get healthy I gave up everything cold turkey. Not smart. It left me very cranky irritable one of my friends noticed it. They called me out on it. In fact the next day or so they offered me a steak sandwich on *gasp* white bread.¬† Usually if I eat a sandwich I’d cut it down to one slice of bread cut into triangles. Anyways I’m not a rude person and I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. So I had the sandwich. I know, I could have thrown it away when I got home (I was at work), but I was hungry and I still had my fruit I brought as well.¬† The sandwhich was good (protein!) and my friend said later “You can still eat what you want just in moderation”.

That made me think. Because I tossed out all my junk foods even my Oreos (I love Oreos). I have a major sweet tooth. One of the hardest things is skipping desserts. But one thing about myself is I ate my emotions hence why I piled on the weight, plus I inhaled the food and I’d go back for seconds. I was straight up terrified to eat anything “bad” even going out to eat was a nightmare.

Here’s the but…..

 

What I learned is was to keep track of your food. I thought it was nuts but I started using My Fitness Pal to log my food and it helps (more on that later). Plus I became a label reader, I used severing sizes to my advantage.¬†I learned I could eat Oreos but I limit myself to two and I used to down four. For the most part they sit untouched in cupboard (out of site out of mind) I like a cheeseburger every now and again so I have the cheeseburger and I don’t feel guilty about it because usually I’ve worked out before or I will the next day. If I do have a big meal like that, I will have a light snack after.¬†

I love pizza too so I still have my usual two slices and no breadsticks (again tough to quit). I still eat at Buffets but I stick to salads, and fruit.¬† But mind you I don’t do this all the time. Like I said I choose when treat myself.¬† I don’t use treats as a reward for loosing weight or anything like that.¬†

Am I perfect? Nope. I’ve overdid it before but you know what? It happens we’re human. Just forgive yourself and start over. Beating yourself up doesn’t make the situation any better.¬† I did once have a major sugar crash once where there was nothing but sodas, cakes, and chips of course I indulged then after I felt awful.¬† It taught me a very¬†valuable lesson.¬†

Just remember do what feels right. If you don’t want to do a cheat meal or day that’s fine. Some people said they don’t trust themselves when I posted the article in a Facebook group I belong to which I totally get it’s all about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Have a great week!

 

~M