7 Ways to Avoid Crashing Your Weight Management Party
Holiday parties are lighting up homes and hearths in many places. And during this jubilant time of year, so many of us face the inner dilemma: how can I enjoy the holidays without crashing my weight management party?
First, weight management can be a party. Seriously, getting healthy is absolutely fantastic! Adopt this appreciation for the long-term rewards of your efforts, and your sacrifices will become easier.
Second, the holidays don’t have to crash your beautiful body. Here are a few tips to keeping your willpower and good judgment intact at the sweet, indulgent holidays gatherings.
- Remind yourself every day before going to where the temptations lurk: why is achieving my ideal body so important to me? Feel your reasons deep in your heart and belly, and they will help you to make the best decisions in every circumstance.
- Decide in advance how things will go. Depending on circumstances, you may need a backup plan for handling temptations, such as:
- Eat something in advance, so that you aren’t starving when you arrive;
- Bring a dish containing food you know you can eat;
- Stash a high-fiber backup snack in your bag, like an apple.
- Serve yourself on a smaller dish and with smaller utensils;
- Drink 8 oz water between cocktails & other beverages. In general, staying hydrated is important. The body will tell you its hungry when indeed you are thirsty. (Isn’t that convenient?);
- Exercise as early in the day as possible to avoid being pressured for enough time to get a workout completed;
- Reward yourself with non-food activities for a job well-done. Acknowledge your efforts in your success journal.
- Work with someone who will hold you accountable to your goals. This can be your spouse, your best friend, or me, your dietitian.
Now it’s your turn! Please tell me one or two of your top goals in the comments below. I want to hear from you because I want to support you. And show your love by sharing this post with someone who you know is trying to achieve their weight goals.
Big Holiday Hugs,