No Slacking

By: Amber Tebeau, NASM CPT, Manager and Trainer CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

This is not the time to slack off on exercise and healthy eating.  As was stated in my last blog, on November 19, 2010, simply eating an extra 200 calories a day between Thanksgiving and the end of January will cause a 5 pound holiday weight gain.  With all of the hard work that you have done over the last year, it would be very discouraging to gain five pounds at the end of this year.   Amidst the activities and parties of this holiday season, make a commitment to yourself and to your health to stay true to your daily workouts and your healthy eating habits.  Be sure to try new, healthier recipes this holiday season.  Check out websites such as www.cookinglight.com, www.weightwatchers.com,  and www.hungrygirl.com  for traditional recipes with a healthier twist.  Also, find a buddy to keep you accountable.  This can be in the form of a personal trainer, a friend or a family member.  It is always more fun to workout with someone, and during this busy time of year it is essential to have accountability.

As we look forward to 2011, avoid making and breaking a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.  Today is the day to give yourself the best holiday gift you can, the gift of health.   Make a commitment to make a life change to live a more active healthier lifestyle.

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