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The Holiday SMART Plan.

Dashing to the feast

It’s a meat and treat buffet

`or the table I go

Drooling all the way

 

A scoop of taters I take

The turkey I filet

Oh what fun it is to stuff food

In my mouth all day

UGHHHHHH

Jiggle butt

Jiggle gut

Jiggle all the way

Oh what shame I will feel

After the holidays.

The Holidays are upon us. Once again it’s that time of year when we break the bank buying gifts, break our vows to NOT gain the Holiday 15, and inevitably, we end up breaking our belts (and possibly TONS of bulbs trying to untangle that God forsaken mess of Christmas lights)!

Although I can’t stop anyone (including myself) from buying ALL THE PRESENTS and/or cursing so loud as you hang those stupid lights that you scare off all of the neighborhood children, I can, however give you some really amazing tips and tricks that I have learned to help keep you from battling the holiday bulge.“I can give you some amazing tips and tricks to help keep you from battling the holiday bulge.” If you remember my post from last year Ooops, I Think I Did It Again, the “struggle was real” with me. I ate everything I could, drank all that I could and ended up in a food coma with nothing but crumbs on my face and a vague memory of the button popping off my pants. Gross. I learned my lesson last year and here is my SMART PLAN to help you fit into your pre Holiday pants in 2017.

Slow down

Myth of out exercising

Alcohol and Agua

Rest

Training

 

Plan ahead

Let it go

Attitude

Nutrition (80/20) negate

Yeah that’s right. My acrostic poem skills are still on point. Lol. Let’s go into some detail though…shall we?

Slow Down.

You may have been craving Grandmas Sweet Potatoes since last Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you need to shovel them in your face as fast as you can. SLOW DOWN!!!! Chew your food, really taste the flavors, enjoy it. Eating isn’t a race. Besides, the first one done in my house always ends up doing the dishes with Aunt Mildred who shares endless stories about her cats and crochet club and also likes to share her latest aches and pains. So, for the love of all that is good in the world, if you don’t want to hear about “Fluffy’s” grooming habits, take the time to enjoy your food. BONUS TIP: Eating slowly will allow your brain to catch up to your stomach and give you the opportunity to feel satisfied before you are stuffed.

Moderation.

We live in a society if something is good, we must have more of it. More is better. This is not the case…unless it is regarding puppies. More puppies is always better. With their puppy breath and squishy tummies. Oh, puppies. Wait…were was I? Oh moderation.  Moderation during the Holidays is the key. With food, with drinks and with commitments. You don’t have to eat the all food just because it is there, you don’t have to drink all the drinks just because they are served and you don’t have to go to all of the parties just because you are invited. With everything, pick and choose. When you eat too much, drink too much or go to too many gatherings you end up miserable, sick and tired. So don’t do that to yourself. Enjoy the Holidays, but in moderation.

(If you want to go REALLY moderate, you could join our sponsored 30 day sobriety challenge with ambassador @tatefitlove! Give her a follow for details on how to play) 

Alcohol & Agua.

Limit your alcohol consumption and increase your water intake especially if you are indulging in salty foods. Alcohol is dehydrating and high in calories (7 calories per gram). When drinking alcohol, try to make low-cal choices like wine or champagne and stay away from high calorie drinks like eggnog. Also, drinking water or a low-cal non-alcoholic drink in between your alcoholic drinks will help reduce your calorie intake and the chances of making a fool of yourself at the company Holiday party.

Bonus Tip: Get too tipsy? Sip on Yumminos to help you rehydrate and recover.

Rest.

All of the running around we do during the Holidays can be exhausting. Make sure to get your 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Being rested will lead to you making better food and exercise choices and ensure you have the energy to keep up with all the holiday activities and with your niece who wants you to put together her Barbie Dream House that is comprised of a million parts and directions in a language you have never heard of.

Training.

First off, you can NOT out exercise a bad diet. I am so sorry to break this to you, but busting your buns in the gym for 3 hours will NEVER burn off days of bad eating. Just to burn off 1/2 of a cup of stuffing you would need to run 2 miles and then take a 60 minute intense spin class to torch that slice of pecan pie. So instead of trying to undo all of the splurges, head to the gym 3-5 times a week for sweaty 30-60 minute sessions. Don’t forget to drink your Athena or Adonis Pre-workout to give you that extra prep in your rep!

Plan Ahead.

So you know things are going to be busy in the next month or so, so make a plan. Schedule workouts in your calendar and treat them like you would any other important appointment that you wouldn’t miss. Make a grocery list of good food choices for healthy meals and snacks so you can meal prep and have food ready when hunger strikes. won’t be tempted to buy “whatever is easy & in a box” at the store. And if you are super busy and tend to miss meals, have Unico Apollo Protein Powder on hand for a quick and nutritious meal. Having a plan in place will make it easier to stick to your goals and keep your gains.

BONUS TIPS: Are you going to a party and know you will be tempted to overeat? Make an Apollo Protein Shake before hand to help you from reaching “starving status” when you get to the party and stuffing your face with whatever you can find. (it even comes in convenient single-serving pouches so you can throw one in your purse or gym bag without lugging around your whole tub, or looking like a cocaine dealer by having a scoop in a ziploc bag!)

Let It Go.

So you had a bad hour, day, week, month of eating and you never saw the inside of the gym. So effing what? It happened and there is nothing you can do about it now, so be like Elsa and LET IT GO. Pick yourself back up off the floor and move on. Beating yourself up about poor choices only leads to you feeling worse about yourself. Make the next hour, day, week and month better. Onwards and upwards!

Adjust Your Attitude.

Over the next month you will have a ton of Holiday parties, so why in the world will you go into each of them with the intention of eating like it will be THE LAST meal of your life? It’s dumb. You don’t have to eat until you are stuffed at every gathering. You will eat again. That french silk pie? That won’t be the last french silk pie ever served in life. Nor will it be the last drink, cookie or casserole. Go into a party looking forward to the guests, not what the guests are serving.

Nutrition.

Here is where the magic is made. Like I said before, you can’t “out exercise” a bad diet, so adjusting your diet is the smartest thing you can do to keep your waistline tight and “right”. Live this Holiday season with the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and you can have fun with the other 20%. If you eat 5 meals a day, that equals out to 35 meals a week. If you eat great for 28 of those meals, you can be a little more lenient with 7 of them. Now, don’t think this means losing all control for those 7 meals. It just means having a little more flexibility with foods that aren’t so healthy.

Now that you have the SMART PLAN tips and tricks, get out there and enjoy the Holidays without the fear of splitting your pants shaking your grove thang at the company holiday partay!!!

PS Anyone else dying to see that move “OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY” ?!