Even if you’ve developed Superman-like powers in the eating and exercise department, you may be afraid that the holidays will be your kryptonite. Let’s face it – with all the celebrations and festivities that occur between now and New Year’s Day – it can be tough to stay on track.
Temptations will be all around. Office celebrations. Your mom’s famous sweet potato pie. Macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and candied yams. Eggnog. A severe case of the lazies and “I-don’t-feel-like-it-itis.” How will you fare?
The book of wisdom reminds us that succeeding in any task is a process:
“Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”
~Proverbs 24:27 ESV
Your ability to weather the holiday storm will hinge on two simple acts: planning and preparation.
If you don’t plan or prepare for the most wonderful time of the year, chances are good that you’ll start New Year in the hole. To make matters worse, studies show that many of us never lose that holiday padding and end up packing on an extra 10-20 pounds per decade. Yikes! I know you don’t want that to be your story so over the coming weeks, I’ll be providing tips to keep you “on point”.
Here are the first three:
1. Don’t forget your H20! Drink 2-3 full glasses of water in the two hours prior to your office party, ministry fellowship, or night out. It’s a simple way to curb your appetite.
2. Do enjoy a salad before your meal. Another trick to curb your appetite and leave less room for high-calorie foods. Oh, and beware of creamy dressings, they are laden with fat and sugar. Choose a fat-free vinaigrette or Italian and drizzle, don’t pour.
3. Don’t skip your workout. Consistency is especially important this time of year. If you’re short on time, don’t let yourself off the hook. Even a quick 15 min. workout can help you maintain your fitness level, so make the commitment to get one in!
Which of these tips will you put in place to set yourself up for success?
Until next time,