Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ten ways to manage your holiday weight

Yeah, 'tis the season to be jolly. With cookies, cakes, candy, cheese spreads, chocolate covered... everything.

So, what's a girl to do? My hubby always goes into December saying, "Let's just get through this month and in January, we can eat just lettuce. 'K?"

Um, no. And why wait until January? Why not plan and start to manage our eating now? Several years ago I started Weight Watchers in December right before our birthdays. I lost fifteen pounds that month.

Here are a few tips.

1. Keep those skinny jeans handy. Try them on once a week, and if you can't get them on, wrap the waist band around your neck. The ends should stay the same distance apart. If you can't wrap the waist band around your neck, you're in trouble. Let's just say it.

2. Throw away the jeans you wore when you were a senior in high school. I want you to hold onto your skinny jeans, not your "are you insane?" jeans.

3. Bit it, write it. A great motto from Weight Watchers. Keep a log of what you eat. I'm not too great at this, but I try to mentally calculate my calories during the day so I don't overeat.

4. Eat light the days you have evening events.

5. A taste is almost as good as a big-honking-piece. In the past, I've had just a fork full of cheese cake instead of a slice. Or, I'll get a small bag of chips to go with my sandwich instead of buying a big bag. Look for ways to manage smaller portions of your fun food.

6. Move more. My job is so sedentary. I understand why writers struggle with their weight. I mean, I walk across the house to my office, and plant it, and there I stay for hours. So find ways to move more. Park out farther in the parking lot when you go shopping. Don't hover for a front space. Let someone else have it. Also, take breaks in the day and instead of reaching for a snack, walk around the neighborhood. Whatever, but move more.

7. Do wacky jacks! Have you seen these? Tony Horton on P90X introduced me to them. Get in a jumping jack stance, but instead of doing straight-up jacks, draw you knees to your elbows, bending your torso side to side to meet your knees. Wacky jacks. It will jack up your heart rate. And they are fun!

8. Consider push ups as a reward. Finish your word count? Complete a project? Drop and give yourself 20. Okay, 2, but you know what I mean.

9. Pray. Ask the Lord to help you manage your appetite and cravings. Just say No to food when you're full and satisfied.

10. Tell January you're going to meet it 1 - 5 pounds lighter. Take that you holly-jolly holiday food.

What about you? Have any tips for us?


Carolyne Aarsen said...

One tip I try to follow is wait - when you have a craving, tell yourself you can indulge, but in five minutes. Then when five minutes is up, tell yourself, just another five. Often the craving goes away. I'm also a big fan of air-popped popcorn, spray with butter pam and sprinkle some popcorn seasoning on it. Yummy and filling.

Alexia said...

Good tips - and very entertaining! The best tip I've ever heard, and the easiest to follow is: Wait until your stomach growls. You can eat whatever you want to eat (until you're satisfied) when you stomach growls, but not before. It's amazing how that one tip keeps me from pigging out - even when my stomach does finally growl! And I actually start craving healthier foods the longer I follow this rule.

Rachel Hauck said...

Alexia, that's a great tip!


Tami Heim said...

Okay so I saw wacky jacks - but somehow missed the invitation to do them with you......HMMMM. I am pulling these out the next time you come to visit! Love you BIG.

Lisa Petrarca said...

My BEST weight loss advice is to take a Zumba class. It is not only fun, but anyone, any age (we have a 70 year old man in our class) can do it.

The best part about it is that it doesn't feel like your exercising!

LOVE your blog...I'm a follower!