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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tis The Season

Well my friends, like it or not, the holiday season is upon us.  For most this is a time of getting together with family and friends…decorating…shopping…exchanging gifts…sending cards…baking…cooking…and eating…A LOT.  With a busier than normal schedule, most of us are forced to "take something off our plate"…something has to go, there's just not enough hours in a day!  Right?  Sadly, the thing that usually goes is taking care of ourselves…our bodies…making time to exercise…eating healthy…taking our supplements…resting…detoxing…relaxing…breathing.

More often than not, the holidays are a swift and hurtful "one-two punch" that leave us staggering in disbelief in January when we step on the scale, or try to button our favorite pair of jeans.  …BUT alas my friends…I bring you good news and great cheer!!!!  The holidays don't have to steal a year of diet and exercise success like the Grinch stole Christmas from Whoville.  Listen to me carefully…YOU CAN MAKE IT SUCCESSFULLY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT AND LOSING YOUR MIND!

Okay, so most of these you probably already know, but when we get overwhelmed, we need reminders to keep us on the right track.  You don't want to undo and entire year's worth of a healthy lifestyle in just 6 short weeks:

  • Make sure that you get 6-8 good hours of sleep each night
  • When going to parties, don't deprive yourself of the tempting "yummies", BUT only have a bite or two (remember NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS BEING FIT FEELS)
  • Eat a healthy "meal" before you head out to a party (small grilled chicken salad, broiled fish and vegi's, a protein shake…something healthy that will fill your tummy up)
  • Drink alcohol if you must, BUT in moderation (drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage, use water or tonic as your mixer, avoid getting sucked into the "shot" trap…just say "no" it's okay…really).  IF YOU CHOSE TO DRINK, PLEASE DON'T DRIVE…IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT, AND A TAXI IS CHEAPER THAN A DUI…OR A DEATH.
  • Put your supplements on your kitchen or bathroom counter in plain sight so you don't forget to take them
  • Schedule yourself as an appointment on your calendar for exercise (you can find 30-40 minutes a day if you really want to…I promise)
  • Sneak in ADDITIONAL exercise (park in the furthest spot when shopping, take the stairs, get a mini-workout in during TV commercials, take a walk at lunch)
  • Drink lots and lots of water…no seriously…LOTS of water (carry a bottle in your purse and your car so you never have an excuse to drink something loaded with sugar)
  • Eliminate soda, sugary processed foods, high fat processed foods, anything that has ingredients that you can't pronounce, fancy expensive coffees, office treats in little bowls (you're not a dog…you don't need a treat every time you go to the bathroom!)
  • Eat your vegi's…AT EVERY MEAL (yes, even breakfast….sneak some spinach or peppers and onions into your scrambled eggs, or some spinach into your protein shake…and NO potatoes don't count as a vegi, so skip the hash browns)
  • Replace one meal a day with a good quality protein shake (watch the amount of sugar in your shake)
  • When you're not going to a party, if you MUST have something sweet, then let it be fruit…whole, real, unprocessed fruit.
  • Keep an "emergency snack" in your purse and/or car (a good quality, low sugar protein bar, or bag of unsalted unprocessed nuts) 
  • Since stress causes weight gain, try to relax (treat yourself to relaxing bubble baths after your workouts or a hard day…spoil yourself with a pedicure or massage…read a book and sip on some green tea)

Now, for those of you who haven't yet started living a "healthy lifestyle", but you're waiting for that "magical" day (January 1st) to arrive, I would ask you why you would put off for tomorrow what you can do today?  The choice is yours…you can make some changes to your diet and activity level and get through the holidays without gaining any weight, or you can start on January 1st trying to lose the 10 lbs that you gained over the holidays PLUS the other 20 that you put on throughout the year…is it worth it?  It just takes a little planning on your part, but what an amazing gift it would be to YOU, if you got to January 1, and you had actually LOST 10 lbs…and without much sacrifice!  YOU  CAN DO THIS!  START TODAY!!!

From now until the end of the year, I'm running a special on my Online Personal Trainer…4 months for the price of 3!  That makes the cost of training with me only $59 a month!!!!  With my Online Personal Trainer, I train you.  You have access to me pretty much 24/7 with emails.  We Skype twice a month to talk about your challenges, successes, and to go over your food journal.  I created this program so I could reach, teach, and impact the lives of as many women as possible…irregardless of where you live, whether or not you can get a babysitter, whether or not you have access to a gym, whether or not you travel…you can still train with ME.   I PERSONALLY filmed each and every exercise that I assign in my workouts so you can see exactly how to perform the exercise for maximum benefit and injury prevention.  I PERSONALLY customize each of your workouts to your current fitness level, taking into consideration any injuries that you may have had.  I PERSONALLY create progressive workouts so your body never has a change to plateau.  You receive an email EVERY SINGLE DAY letting you know what your workout is for that day.  I receive an email EVERY SINGLE DAY letting me know if you've completed your assigned workout for the day.  This is a great way for you to take advantage of my knowledge and experience, and lose weight in the process.  I'll be there with you EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!  I WANT YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL!  I WANT YOU TO ENJOY LIVING YOUR LIFE AGAIN.  I WANT YOU TO GET YOUR SEXY BACK!!!!

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