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November 28, 2007

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s-we all know what happens to the average American. The dreaded holiday weight gain. I want you to take a moment and consider why this happens/has happened/or will happen to you this year.

Now that you are done pondering why this happens to most Americans, I want you to resolve to end the madness once and for all this year.

I can hear it now:

“But…it’s the holidays”

“I have so many parties to attend!”

“I couldn’t resist Mom’s cooking”

“There was no time to exercise”

And the list could go on and on.

I want you to stop making excuses for foolish behavior once and for all (if you do partake in foolish holiday behavior, that is). STOP BLAMING an outside source (i.e. a stressful job, a husband who eats more than you do, or friends who pressure you to eat/drink), and start taking responsibility for yourself this season.

The holidays are absolutely NO REASON to drop everything you’ve worked so hard for to blow it on holiday indulgences.

You can start by saying NO at the office, at parties, or at social gatherings. One NO is all that should be required. If you belong to a Serbian-like family like I do (meaning, life revolves around food), and are asked repeatedly if you are hungry, keep stating your place firmly until the party understands.

Believe me, I have dealt with the pressure of the holiday season, but I rarely succumb. Saying “no, thanks” becomes very easy after the 10,000th time you’ve said it. 🙂

So, please, come January 1, don’t make excuses for yourself if the scale isn’t in your favor. Just own the fact that you decided to indulge more than you should have, and exercise less than you should have. Take responsibility.

It is possible to get through the holidays without gaining an ounce. I swear! Take the time out of your day to take care of yourself by exercising. And I don’t mean that leisurely walk around the neighborhood to view the Christmas lights. I mean, get out there and SWEAT! There is no easy way around this!

We are all in it together!

If I sound harsh, it is only out of love and passion for what I do. I want to see our nation’s health improve and eventually see everyone shifting they way they view food and exercise and what it truly should entail.

Until my next blog, have a wonderful week!


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