How to have fun over the holidays and not blow your weight loss success!

| November 27, 2008

Do the Mariah Carey diet!  Ok, not really, but do watch portion size.  If you are going to “cheat”, eat as much as would fit in the palm of your hand, that way you’ll always be able to keep your portion size under control.

Write out a Holiday Workout Calendar – Holidays are some of the craziest and busiest of the year so go online and find a blank calendar page for the month of December and literally schedule all your workouts now.  Make sure you are getting in at least 3 days a week.  Voila!  Now you have 12 scheduled workout days in the month of December.

Make yourself go out and play with your friends!– When it’s cold outside naturally we want to stay inside, but that doesn’t mean we have to sit on the couch.  There is lots to go do that is active and fun.  Go bowling, have a Wii party, take some dance lessons, take a spinning class, go ice skating, find an indoor swimming pool, or if you are really brave go skiing or snowboarding.

Party! Party! Party! – During the holidays there are many holiday parties to attend and with holiday parties there is usually extra eating and drinking.  Drinking alcohol and festive non-alcoholic beverages can be a major contributor to weight gain.  If you know you won’t be able to forgo the bubbly or your cocktail of choice, then make a deal with yourself to drink a glass of water between each drink.  The water will slow your intake down over the course of the evening.

Written by our guest blogger Margaret.  Margaret is a patient at Grandview Dental Care, an Exercise Scientist, and does personal training at Columbus Fitness Consultants.  We invite you to visit the website of the best personal trainers in Columbus.