Thursday, December 1, 2011
Recovering From The Holidays
As you can see from my last post, I wasn't exactly eating as healthy as I normally do over the past week. If you felt guilty after indulging in wine, cakes, pies, cookies, and all of the other delicious foods during Thanksgiving weekend, you're not alone. Here are some ways to get back on track:
1. Don't dwell on the past - Focus on the future. Those pounds gained are not permanent. With some strength, self-discipline, and hard work, they’ll come off.
2. Create a plan of attack - Look at your week ahead and schedule in time to work out. Research some recipes for healthy meals and go food shopping. Stock up on healthy foods and throw out those bags of chips, pretzels, and cookies and the unhealthy Thanksgiving leftovers. Make sure your meals for the week include lean protein and fruits/vegetables. Planning is key so you don't make unhealthy choices.
3. Make a change now - Don't say you'll start your diet on Monday. Start now. Go for a walk, workout, replace soda and sugary drinks with water, and make sure your next meal is a healthy one.
4. Be patient - Weight loss (and even maintenance) includes many ups and downs, so it’s easy to forget successes. Don't weigh yourself everyday because your weight will go up and down based on many variables. If you drank a lot of water, your weight will go up because of it sitting in your stomach. If you had a very salty meal, your water retention will also show up on the scale. If you want to keep track of your weight loss, weigh yourself at the same time each week. Consistency is key.