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How to Not Get Fat Over the Holidays (Part I)

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You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”…in fact you’ve probably read it on this blog before because I love it-it’s so freaking true.

Here’s the first half of a simple list of Do’s and Don’ts to preserve your energy and your waistline so you can kick off 2013 without feeling bloated or guilty.

DON’T be a jerk…to yourself that is.  Be conscious of your thoughts as you make choices this holiday season.  If you overindulge, enjoy it.  Beating yourself up is a total waste of time.  Instead get a great night’s sleep, drink 2-3L of water the next day, get back on your clean eating habits, and put in a killer workout.

DO be a picky snob…when it comes to your indulgences.  If you take a bite of something that’s anything less than an orgasm in your mouth, you have my permission (and hopefully your own, too) not to finish it.  I’m not a big calorie counter, but that’s just a waste.  Save your splurges for things that make you do this.

DON’T use excuses. I’m from the East Coast.  I know how cold and miserable Nov and Dec can be.  I also know how busy it gets with all the parties, holiday shopping, and etc.  There are a million excuses not to go to the gym.  There are also a million workout videos on YouTube, many that don’t even require equipment or much space.  Here’s a few examples.  You may even find that you love working out at home and would rather save $ every month by canceling your gym membership.  #WIN

DO be diligent about getting 8 hours of sleep per night. The holidays tend to be a more-stressful-than-usual time of year.  Prioritizing sleep will get your body the daily repair it needs to not pack on the lbs.
Now I want to hear from you-have you successfully avoided holiday weight gain in the past? Tell us in the comments how you did it!

How to Not Get Fat Over the Holidays (Part I)
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