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Giving Thanks!!!

November 24, 2008

Hello!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us?! This time of year always seems to fly by, so make sure that you are making the most of it and not getting yourself caught in the stress-trap that the holidays can sometimes be. Before I go onto my Thanksgiving lecture, I want to thank all of you for continuing to train with me! I enjoy what I do very much, but it is you who makes my job as rewarding as it is. I learn something new from each and every one of you, every single day! I am very, very grateful! 🙂

Now, onto my Thanksgiving rant. :> The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be trying for those wanting to shed some pounds. How do you avoid over-eating when there are so many parties to go to or food sitting in the office? I suggest a few things for those who tend to feel more tempted this time of year.

1. EXERCISE MORE! With hectic schedules, this is the time of year many start to decrease the amount of exercise they do, but in reality, this is the time of year to increase the amount of exercise you are doing. Those extra calories DO add up, and if you are not doing something to account for them, expect to see weight gain this time of year.

2. DEFINITELY get up and exercise on Thanksgiving day. Burn calories, de-stress before family comes over, get outdoors-do it before you get caught up in something else or before you get too busy!

3. Stay away from liquid calories! Unless it is a treat, it is best to stay away from high calorie drinks that are abundant this time of year. You know what I am talking about…egg nog, those special alcoholic drinks that are too rich to see through (i.e…chocolate martinis, egg nog martinis, etc, etc), and those tempting drinks that Starbucks serves this time of year (Pumpkin & Gingerbread lattes, Peppermint Hot Chocolate). This is the easiest way to go past your daily caloric limit. Drink in moderation and with caution!

4. Eat a low-calorie, high protein snack before going to parties. This is a good way to tame your appetite before heading out, so that when you arrive at the party, you aren’t eating everything in site. And when you do arrive at the party, remember that appetizers do count as part of your meal. They are not free calories. :>

5. Have fun and enjoy yourself. The more stressed you are about this time of year, the more likely you will be to snack, binge, and lose your drive and motivation. Remember what the true meaning is behind the holidays; it will be a much smoother ride if you do so!

These are just a few tips that you can include into your holiday fitness regimen. If you have any that you adhere to this time of year, please comment or let me know what works for you!

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy yourselves!

Love,
Jeannette

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 16, 2008 4:39 am

    I am thankful for your blog 🙂
    ~Nikki~

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