The following is a post from Joy. You can also find her writing about 31 Days of Doing Better and other inspiring topics on her blog, Coffee With Joy.
If you are anything like me, the first of the five to ten pounds you gain over the holiday season comes on right around Halloween. My slow, but steady, descent off the ‘eating clean/well’ wagon starts with giving in to the temptation to consume more than a few pieces of Halloween candy. After a couple of weeks of an Almond Joy here and a Snicker’s bar there, my body is full on “I can’t get enough sugar!” mode. By Christmas, my pants are typically fitting a little snug.
Well, as the saying goes, those who can’t “do,” teach :-).
Here are a few tips to help you avoid the holiday gain.
- If you participate in trick-or-treating, buy candy to hand out that you don’t like. If you have a lot of candy around that you don’t really care for, you will be less likely to dip into the stash. (I haven’t quite figured out how to avoid picking out your candy of choice from your own children’s bags.)
- Kick your workouts up a notch (or get started with a workout program if you don’t already have a routine). You don’t have to wait for New Year’s to get serious about burning some calories. Plus, instead of trying to overhaul your diet and exercise program all at once, you’ll have a jumpstart on the fitness part.
- Don’t let a crazy-eating day turn into a crazy-eating week. Allow yourself some leeway to indulge on a few select days, but in between those days, force yourself to eat well.
- Eat a big salad before the holiday party. Nothing will have you over doing it at the dessert buffet than showing up hungry. Trust me, I know…