Healthy Through The Holidays

Can you believe it is already November?!  Halloween has left us in it’s dust and we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving.  I keep seeing posts on Facebook pointing out that there are only a few weekends left until Christmas.  Where is time going?!

As a health and running coach, I read a lot about holiday weight gain.  To be quite honest, most of it drives me crazy.  It is true that many of us will put on a few pounds during the holidays.  We will all likely over indulge at some point on holiday treats or drinks at a party.  Most of us will overload our plates at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas (and probably a few other parties along the way).

What drives me nuts is how the fitness industry preys on this fear.  It’s almost like they lurk in the background waiting for us to feel guilty about our overindulging.  They wait until that guilt has set in and we approach the New Year ready to make resolutions.

There is no reason to approach the holidays with fear!

Gyms are just waiting for you to come in on January 1st, all giddy to lose weight and ready to fork over money not only for a gym membership but also initiation fees.  They know that the majority of people who come in with New Year’s resolutions, will quickly abandon them by February.

If you have a gym membership you know exactly how this goes.  Come January, the gym is packed.  You can’t find a treadmill or an elliptical.  You look around and wonder what the heck happened to your normal routine.  Then a few weeks later, the gym is back to it’s quite self and you can hop on just about any piece of cardio equipment your heart desires.

We all have best intentions in the New Year.  We want to make changes. We feel the pressure to make  these changes.  You think now is the time to lose that weight.  Now is the time to get healthy after a wild holiday season.

But what if we turned the tables?  What if we approached the holidays with a different mindset?  Take the notion of diets out of the picture.  If we stopped thinking that to be healthy we need to eliminate certain “bad” foods from our diet, and instead work to find a healthy balance, could we approach the holiday season from a different angle?  

Being healthy is a year round approach with splurge days along the way.  Food and drinks shouldn’t be “off limits,” but instead enjoyed in moderation.  Goals should lead us toward a life of happiness instead of a period of deprivation followed by a temporary phase where we feel “skinny” and accepted.

This holiday season, I am taking a healthy approach to exercise, eating, and well being.  I am going to enjoy exercise in moderation because it is a part of my life and it keeps me healthy.  I am going to focus on healthy eating and plan for some fun holiday celebrations along the way.

I have a special offer for you to join me in staying healthy and fit through the holidays.  Avoid the guilt from over indulgence.  Learn how to make small changes that lead to healthy results.  My Healthy Through the Holidays Plan is a 13 week program that begins next week and lasts through the first week of February.HealthyHolidayAd.jpg

Together we will explore simple ways to make moderate lifestyle changes that allow for both healthy eating and holiday indulgences.  We will practice ways to prepare for obstacles during parties and celebrations.  Learn how to prep meals to survive the holiday season a little easier.

Here’s what you receive for 13 weeks of Healthy Through the Holidays training:

Weekly newsletters and worksheets focusing on topics that will help keep you on track.

•Weekly personalized check-in e-mails from a Certified Health Coach to discuss your  personal nutrition and exercise needs.

•Simple, short, customized workouts that can be done throughout the day to fit your personal schedule.

•24/7 access to e-mail, phone and text to address all of your needs.

•Guilt free living to get you through the holiday season for 13 full weeks.  No need to make any resolutions!  My goal is for you to independently follow your healthy lifestyle after 13 short weeks.

•Nutrition, fitness, and behavioral approaches to ensure that we focus on the whole you; mind and body.

•Virtual training with unlimited phone calls, e-mails, and texts.

•Local participants can join me for a night of cocktails and weekly meal prep tutorial.  Stick around and dine!

Special holiday pricing of $150 for 13 weeks of Health Coaching and Training.

Sound like fun?  Reach out to me through my e-mail address or phone number on the website sidebar.

What is your best approach to surviving the holidays?   Do you tend to make resolutions?


11 thoughts on “Healthy Through The Holidays

  1. There are no days of the year I treat differently – holiday or not – I always manage to eat healthfully and exercise! Now…. I did tell my fiance that I would NOT go to the gym the day after we get married, ha, so I guess THAT day will be a little different… But I would never NOT eat healthfully… I mean, my type of “splurge” is eating 5 pounds of salmon in a sitting, LOL!

  2. For most of the country, the last quarter of the year comes with a couple of realities:
    – Cooler temperatures means your body wants to insulate itself and pushes you to do so.
    – More opportunities and social to consume more calories and a mismatched balance of food types compared with the rest of the year.

    I have four things about holiday eating:
    – Move, move, move – abut the worst thing you can do after a huge meal is plop on the couch. Get up, walk outside if the weather permits – heck even go wander the local mall (just try to avoid buying food!). Just make it your business to move.
    – Intentional eating – eat what you want, but OWN it, make yourself accountable – whether by journaling or just making a mental note, keep track of what you choose to eat.
    – There is ONLY *this meal* – if you eat 3000 calories at brunch, don’t think ‘oh well, the day is shot, might as well just eat like crap all day and start again tomorrow.
    – Self-loathing doesn’t help – ok, so you started with a small piece and wound up eating the whole pie, right when you were planning to hunker down to train for that frozen 10k in January. Don’t beat yourself up, don’t see it as failure … refocus on getting what your body needs and keeping up the activity level.

    … ok, I almost deleted this last part …

    I hate the concept of vilifying foods or food groups – and think perhaps 99.9999999999% of people in the world who have the financial ability will eat stuff that might be called ‘unhealthy’. I have always felt that shaming either directly or passive aggressively about food choices is a pretty sh&tty thing to do. I guess Gigi’s comment rubbed me the wrong way …

    • I totally understand and am glad you pointed that out. Remember when I posted about how I despise the WIAW posts? I like to think I’m healthy. But good grief you might not think so if you saw the amounts of sweets and wine I tend to enjoy. But I like it and I find a way to fit it in around my other eating. And like you, I move move move. Life can’t be 100% healthy or heck even 90% for most of us. And yes I think it is important that we don’t convey that. Thank you for sharing. I’m glad you didn’t delete it 🙂

  3. Over the past few years I’ve been trying to cut back a little. Instead of a handful of cookies, I’ll take 2-3. Also less pie at the various dinners.
    I’m beginning to get back to my normal running routine, so that will help.
    Drinking a bit less makes a big difference also.
    Not big on resolutions, but I’ve got a short bucket list for 2017.

    • Bucket lists are great. Resolutions are just tricky. Cutting back is such a great way to do it. Cutting back on drinking isn’t my fave but I am totally with you! Easing up on desserts isn’t always easy, but it makes a huge difference. Thanks for sharing!

      • It’s easy to say, “I run, I can eat/drink anything.” I’ve found that I need to run 25 miles/week to keep my weight in check.
        Haven’t been doing that lately so I’m at a weight I haven’t been stuck at in over 10 years. Lesson learned. 😉

      • I’ve had days where I’ve basically eaten 2 suppers. One at the table and the other in front of the TV!
        I’m weakest in the evening. I finally got my wife to stop buying ice cream. A little Nutella on 2 graham crackers is my go to snack now.
        After I make my snack I have to put everything away or I could eat the entire jar of Nutella.
        I try to eat breakfast at work. Usually gets me to 8:30 or 9, then I can shift lunch to 1pm. Helps me at supper time. Big fan of ice water.

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