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Managing Expectations Over the Holidays

It’s that time of year again… Only about 6 weeks from Christmas and Thanksgiving is already upon us, life is about to move at jet speed.  With the ever so popular, fast-paced American lifestyle so many of us have adopted, the holiday season only exasperates our tendency to take on more than our days can hold.  And what gets pushed to the side?  The very habits we work so hard to develop throughout the rest of the year. 

It’s difficult to adjust our expectations when it come to weight loss, especially when it never seems to come off as fast as we like.  But with holiday parties, holiday food gifts, tighter schedules and less time for exercise, managing our expectations with all these added variables becomes critical to our success.  Remember that weight maintenance can also be considered a success, especially if your track record is to gain 5+ pounds over this time of year.  Here are a few strategies to help manage your expectations this holiday season…

  • Pledge to maintain 17 out of 21 weekly meals that follow your nutritional plan.
  • Commit to a minimum of 15 minutes of activity at your regularly scheduled exercise time. You will be more likely to pick things back up after the holidays if you fit to at least a little exercise in your schedule.
  • Set an allowance (as opposed to a limit) for wine and/or holiday treats at your holiday parties.
  • Define a go-to stress reliever that lives outside the refrigerator. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths, complete 5 chair squats, smile and recite your holiday season mantra in your head…whatever will keep you out of the munchies!
  • Remind yourself that each day is a new day. Prevent one “bad meal” from turning into a “bad week”.

Gift us your holiday success tips today!

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