Shaping Up For the Holidays

Posted On Dec 1, 2014 By Joel Harper

Shape up for the holidays with these easy tips

Determined to offset your holiday indulgence by pumping up the fitness routine now? We have a challenge for you. Try the following eight tips for a 14-day cycle. After the first two days, grab a piece of paper and rate yourself on a scale from 1-10 – 10 being perfect and 1 being awful – on how well you did.

Try this for the next 14 days, while rating yourself on how well you did every other day for a total of seven ratings. This is a great way of tracking your progress, living in reality and being your best coach. When the holidays finally get here, you will be more than ready!

  1. Weigh Yourself
    I am a realist. I believe the more you know, the better off you are. So if you know you weigh 145 pounds, and you want to weigh 126, you have 19 pounds to drop. This gives you a clear and specific goal. Get on the scale first thing every morning and keep a note pad right next to it for jotting down your weight.
  2. Stay Hydrated
    Most people I know are dehydrated. Yes, their sock marks stay for hours after they remove their socks. Get that water in. Take your body weight and cut it in half. That is how many ounces of water you should drink — SCATTERED throughout the day. If you exercise for an hour, that is an additional 10 ounces.
  3. Portion Control
    Make sure none of the items on your plate touch. When you are full … stop eating. Wrap up the leftovers and save them for a snack later.
  4. Eat Breakfast
    First thing in the morning, eat a fiber- and protein-rich breakfast. This gets your metabolism working and keeps your energy up throughout the day.
  5. Snacks
    Have healthy snacks with you when you're on the go. Put them in small Ziploc bags, and make sure they are small portions. Example? Eight almonds. Most snacks should be able to fit in the palm of your hand.
  6. Chew Gum
    When you are craving something unhealthy or sweet, pop a piece of sugar-free gum into your mouth until it goes away. Sometimes your jaw just needs to move, and this works perfectly.
  7. Opt for Liquids After 3 p.m.
    That means soups or a veggie juice. Good soup options are chicken, lentil and vegetable. Ideally, you should make your own, so that you know exactly what goes in it.
  8. Sleep
    Aim for at least 7-8 hours every night.