dimanche 23 décembre 2012

Quick tips to avoid gaining weight during the Holidays

A little over a month of sleeps and Santa will be here.  To avoid getting more pounds along with your  presents, here are some tips.

1) Weigh yourself today to get a baseline weight.   Then weigh yourself at least every week until the Holidays - the numbers on the scale can help you stay on track.  It's easier to lose 2 pounds than to discover you have gained 5 or more.

2) Get your water bottle out and drink at least one litre - around 32 ounces of water daily.  Start with one 8 oz glass of warm water with some lemon juice as soon as you get up in the morning.  Sip it slowly before you have your first cup of coffee.  Then drink a glass half an hour before lunch and dinner.

3)  Eat your veggies - at least 3 cups, well packed, of raw vegetables, ideally the fiber rich ones every day- brocoli, cauliflower,cabbage, celery, zucchini and have big salads too with tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber (all filled with water).  Be mindful of how much dressing you use.  I always make my own salad dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar,a drop of french mustard, fresh garlic, fresh herbs like basil.  Shake well and measure 1 tsp.  A little of something good goes a  long way.  Or use lemon juice instead of vinegar.

4) Do not skip meals because you expect to have a big dinner.  Eat more veggies earlier in the day with a bit of

4)  Eat an apple when you have the 4 p.m. hunger.  It's full of fiber.  Add 3 walnuts to fill up even more.

4) In the next two days, no dessert.  You will most likely have a chance for dessert on Christmas day.

5) In the next two days, go to bed before 10:30 p,m.  If you are asleep, you won't want a midnight snack.

6) In the next two days, move - move a lot.  Go running, swimming, skiing, walking.  Shovel (if like me you live in Snow Country).  Put some music and dance.  Or wash the floors.  Do anything but make sure you move.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

from the Coach who will follow the above guidelines

Marguerite Tennier, M.A.
Canada's Coach

Sucess and Fearless Living Coach for Women
Life and Wellness Coaching for Women