15 Tips To NOT Gain Weight During The Holidays

The holiday season is the time to bring people together. Celebrate. See family…. And gain unwanted weight.?.?.?.

It’s why, in a survey done about New Years Resolutions,  45% of people had “Lose weight or get in shape” as part of their resolutions.

And this time of the year plays a BIG part in that. Between Thanksgiving (for some, Halloween!), and New Years, a lot of people gain unwanted weight. I’ve asked a few people about past years weight gains. Some said 5-10lbs, some went up to 15+lbs.

That’s a lot of weight in such a short amount of time. So, I wanted to share some tips, and tricks to combat that seasonal weight gain.

  1. Maintain a normal workout routine.
  2. Don’t skip workouts. 10 or 15 minutes is better than nothing.
  3. Get proper sleep (less sleep= more cravings).
  4. It’s ok to say NO. To seconds, extra food, more wine…
  5. Fill your plate with a lot of protein and veggies. Aim for at least 70%.
  6. 1 plate rule. Fill it up. No second trips.
  7. For salads, choose oil based over creamy dressings
  8. Be picky with food. Eat the food you REALLY want. Not just because it’s there.
  9. No grazing. Hold a convo or catch up with people away from the kitchen.
  10. Be mindful of snacking. Eating the cookie is fine. Eating the whole tray, not so much.
  11. Don’t have back to back unhealthy meals.
  12. Be mindful of alcohol.  Liquid calories add up quick!
  13. Go for a walk after a big meal.
  14. Keep stress levels down. Meditate,  do yoga.
  15. Enjoy yourself! Any unwanted weight that you put on can go away once you’re back into a normal health/fitness routine.

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It’s YOUR Social Media

A small part of my talk with Rob Riley was about social media/media consumption, and the importance keeping it as positive as possible.

1LIFE1YOU Podcast Episode 31 w/ Rob Riley

The news makes its money from getting views, and with that showing you all the bad or horrible things happening draws more views. Think about it… we all look at the cars that crashed on the roadside..

And that’s what the news knows. The negative draws. But, that can have an impact on how you go about your day and life.

Negativity leads to more negativity.

The same goes for social media. If your feed/timeline is full of negativity, complaining, arguing, that will seep into your own life.

But the coolest thing about social media is, YOU CONTROL IT.

If John is posting negative things on his own social media, and you’re tired of seeing it.. unfollow him. Boom! All lf his negative posts are gone.

And this goes for EVERYONE. Friends, family, coworkers, everyone.

It’s your platforms. You build and create what you see and not see. And if they have a problem, oh well.

Your own peace of mind is more important than their follower count.

Try it out. Go through whatever platform you are on, and unfollow or delete anyone that constantly post negative things, and watch how much better you’ll feel as you start scrolling through your own feed.

Social media isn’t bad. It’s only a platform. People are the ones who choose how to use it.

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Eating Healthy Is Expensive Is An Excuse

Everyone thinks eating healthis super expensive, when it’s really not.

If you ever find yourself asking why the burger and fries from *insert fast food place here* is $1.99 and the salad from the same place is $7… there’s 2 reasons:

1. The burger and fries are of the CHEAPEST quality they can be and still be considered food.

2. The salad is actual food and real ingredients. And they mark it up because they pay more for REAL FOOD.

To counteract that, stop making your nutrition choices in a fast food place!

Go out and go food shopping for yourself.

A bag of salad is $3 (split into 2)

Healthy dressing $3 (split into about 6)

Family pack of protein $1.99-$2.49lb (split into 4 / lb)

So, per meal, you can have an actually healthy salad for $2.50 (make it $3 for added veggies)

Multiple that by 5, and you have 5 lunches for maximum $12 total.

Now, I know people that spend that, easily, on lunch everyday! And it’s doing their body no good. Ordering out, drive through, fast food, is either cheaper quality food or overpriced because that store has to make a profit.

You can do the same math for Breakfast and Dinner.

Eating healthy is expensive? But, you just spent $6 on a coffee that 800 calories. When you could of brought a dozen eggs, potatoes, spinach for $9, and that would last a week….

When you cook for yourself, eating healthy is not expensive.

And even if you do go out and buy healthier options while you’re out, and spend $10. Don’t say it’s expensive. Flip the mindset around and say it’s an investment in your body.

We say eating healthy is expensive because it’s an easy excuse to use to go eat fast food. Taking the easy option.

Eating healthy is as expensive as you want to make it. Saving money requires a little more effort. But, is it not worth it?

Is being healthy not worth the exter dollar or the extra hour meal prepping your lunch.

Stop making excuses for why you eat the way you do and take responsibility for your actions.

Your life. Your choices.

THE GOAL IS TO BE HEALTHY FOR LIFE

When I’m talking about health and fitness, I’m not speaking about trendy diets, get fit quick plans, or the bs you see on social media. (Unless it’s to say, don’t do those things!)

Listen to episode 28 of the #1LIFE1YOUPodcast

I am talking about being fit and healthy for life. A lot of us have 1, 2, 3 more lives to live. Those years are what I’m speaking on.

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When being selfish is ok

A quick story from someone that DM’d me on Instagram.

You can listen to episode 27: being selfish is ok

It may sound messed up to some and some may not understand, but she was telling me about how she has been taking her own time back. And being more selfish with who or what she gives her time too.

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The Pants That Fit

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I got a message a couple days ago. And i ask the things I always ask, “How was the week? Good? Bad? Great?”

And, she says that she’s having a good week. Workouts going well. Food is getting better. And she goes on to tell me that she had a NON SCALE VICTORY that she didn’t plan on having so soon.

The goal, that she was hoping to accomplish in October, was to fit into these pants that she had that didn’t fit.

She said, talking to a friend about vacation coming up, and she wanted to go try on these pants…

And… THEY FIT!

Now, I think that’s awesome. But, it is a risk she took. It could have gone a couple ways.

1. They fit! The hard work she’s been doing is being seen.

2. They don’t fit…

A) Gets discouraged by the effort of the last 2 months

B) Motivates her to go harder

But, they fit! And that’s a really big win. The confidence it builds. The reassurance of the process. The knowing that the hard work is paying off.

You may not always see it. The scale may tell you something different on different days. But, how you feel. How does your clothes fit you. They are big markers on your progress.

#NonScaleVictory

Do What You Can. Start Where You Are.

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If you can’t run, then go jog. Can’t jog? Go for a walk. Doesn’t have to be far. If it’s 3 blocks or 3 miles, it’s all better than sitting on your couch not moving at all.

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