So we are already half-way through October and before we know it Thanksgiving will hit, Christmas and then of course New Year’s.
And what happens with New Year’s?
But wait…did you achieve your New Year’s resolutions for 2017?
Don’t worry, most people don’t and just make the same resolutions for the next year. It is a never ending cycle.
So what should you do then for last 2.5 months left in 2017?
Just give up and wait until January 1, 2018?
My suggestion is do something now that will help not only starting to work towards those goals you set at the beginning of 2017, but also will help keep the average 7-10 holiday pounds off everyone gains during the last 3 months of the year.
Here are 3 simple things you can do to get you started, let you enjoy the holidays and not gain those average 7-10 pounds 🙂
1. Drink up to 1 Gallon of Water a Day
OK, I know what you are thinking right now….”A GALLON!!! I’ll be in the bathroom all day!” Yes, in the beginning you will be going to the bathroom more often, but your body will get used to the extra water and it will slow down. If right now you don’t drink a lot of water, work your way up to the gallon. Don’t try to go from usually drinking 8-16 ounces a day to a gallon right away, you will feel like you are floating. LOL. Instead, try adding 8-16 ounces every other day until you reach that gallon. It will get easier.
So why add the water? Adding the extra water is not only good for you, but it will help keep you full and that will help with the extra snacking or food you might be tempted by during the holidays. It will also keep you from drinking all those calorie dense specialty drinks that come out around the holidays. You know, the ones that are really good but after you had it you feel like you just ate a whole buffet.
2. Add extra leafy green vegetables to every meal
This is another really simple way to help fight those dreaded holiday pounds. Adding those extra veggies to every meal is not only a simple way to make you feel fuller, longer, but also a great way to get extra vitamins and nutrients in.
Now, you don’t need to sit there feeling like a rabbit, chewing on lettuce. LOL. But add an extra handful of spinach to a salad or green smoothie. Add an extra 1/2-1 cup of veggies to your plate for dinner. Put some bell pepper in your eggs in the morning. It’s pretty simple. And before you know it, you will be eating more veggies then ever before and not only will your waistline love it, but so will your general health.
3. Go for a walk
Simple right? Yes, it should be, but I have a lot of clients tell me they 1. don’t have enough time or 2. they don’t believe walking is enough.
For the first one, yes time for people can be a big problem for everyone. I know between running a business with my husband, taking care of my house, taking care of P and having time for myself, finding time for working out can be hard. The way I solve this is by looking at my schedule each week and schedule my training. So that is what you need to do. Look at your schedule each week and write in, even if it’s just for 30 min, a time for you to take a walk.
With the second one, for the next 2.5 months don’t worry about intensity or duration of a workout. Just move! I tell clients that walking is probably the easiest way to move for everyone because it requires absolutely no equipment and you can do it literally anywhere. The goal is to just move, not necessarily build muscle and burn fat. Remember you are adding these 3 simple things to your daily schedule just to ward off those extra holiday pounds that creep up every year.
There you go, 3 simple things you can start today to help ward off those unwanted holiday pounds and live your life. And believe me when I say, adding the water, extra veggies and walking now will help you tremendously once January 1st hits.