The traditional avoid holiday weight gain tips are to avoid too much alcohol, avoid the sweets, keep your exercise routine, get enough sleep, and manage your stress…DUH! We all know that! That is what my teen boys call ‘having a firm grasp of the obvious’. But in the season where we are all faced with the same burden of “joyful” holiday time commitments…well…we drink more, we eat more sweets, we lose sleep because we are enjoying parties and events and shopping for our Christmas list, and the outcome is higher stress levels. With all that holiday busy-ness, how do we maintain our weight and feel energized?
The ONE thing that you can do to avoid holiday weight gain, above all else, is to decide that maintaining your weight is important to you.
Like anything else in life, if it’s important to you, then you will place your attention and focus on it and be motivated to change. If it isn’t important to you, then it gets none of that. And--
just saying you want something doesn’t make it come true. You must a have a plan to create a more energized focus. Here are a few holiday party strategies so you can enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds.
Food will always be a part of life’s celebrations and I am happy it is. The holidays are the best time for enjoying family and friends, counting our blessings, practicing gratitude, and helping those less fortunate. Your energizing focus on those things will have you seeing food as a wonderful adjunct to life’s celebrations with the people we love, and not the other way around. Happy holidays to all and for those who believe as I do, Merry Christmas!
Kathryn Scoblick is a certified health and wellness coach with Health Inspires (www.healthinspires.com) and the author of Health Inspires™: Your Way to Sustainable Weight Loss. She uses a holistic approach to inspire each person to reach their full potential and master their wellbeing. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council working on community and organizational health and wellness initiatives, from obesity prevention to mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. Kathryn is VP of Business Development for AblePay Health-helping people with their out of pocket medical expenses, and previously served as Director of Employer Health and Wellness for a large healthcare conglomerate based in Austin, Texas, working with employers on wellness strategies and employee engagement.
My passion and purpose is helping people reach their full potential and master their wellbeing.
Disclosure: Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before beginning any diet or exercise program and ask whether you are healthy enough to engage in a diet and exercise program. Never disregard, avoid or delay in obtaining medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider concerning your overall health and wellness, including your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. It is your choice to follow the suggestions, opinions and advice given by a Health Inspires wellness coach.