Amy Lynn Grover (Join The Fanpage) is back with a Holiday 2 part special in addition to her weekly column, Amy Lynn Fitness! We first featured her in our Fitness Friday Female series, and now Amy Has her own section on the website under Health & Fitness, Amy Lynn Fitness, so you can read up on any articles you’ve missed! Remember you can ask our resident expert whatever you want about fitness, exercise, nutrition and yoga! Leave your questions in the comment section or send them to email@example.com! Be sure to check outher website and follow Amy on Twitter!The sweet hearty Thanksgiving holidays are fast approaching for many Americans and for the Canadians, we start Christmas the day after Halloween just because that’s what we do (plus it just seems right, the weather being so cold and all). The holidays are my favorite time of year, I just love everything about them.
Although I know many people who get all bah hum bugged out because it seems to them as though the big sparkly ball of stress is getting bigger each year, chalk full of family, social and work gatherings, leaving little or no “you” time, which means less gym time and less control over indulgence in food and alcohol (somehow these two things go hand in hand).
We are human, every loves a little indulgence, of course it can be tough for even me the avid fitness nut to stick to “the plan” throughout the next couple of months, BUT it’s not impossible, especially if you follow my well-crafted guide to help you though your toughest moments this holiday season.
Most North Americans put on so much extra weight over the holidays from all the extra calories consumed in cocktails, cookies, chocolates, big dinners, desserts etc., and in turn spend the rest of the year trying to lose all the weight that they gained only to stick it on again next year. Stop this torturous cycle. It’s evident that New Year’s resolutions rarely stick past February.
Now is the time to get organized and make a plan, I want you to treat the holidays like a glorious battlefield that you are #winning on, while looking fabulous in combat. We are taking out the stress and plumping the enjoyment factor! Get ready for the best holiday season ever!
I’ve done some of your homework, by starting some handy list ideas. I create my to do lists, events, and To Do’s on a master hand written planner to visualize the big picture as well as my iCalendar sync’d with all my other iDevices. I pick a day to create, edit and go through all master lists, and make new ones if need be. Here are the top lists you need to make this holiday season:
- The #1 NO-NO is showing up to a party hungry. Don’t. Eat some high fiber soup to fill you up beforehand (try Campbell’s select Harvest 100% natural vegetable and Pasta 60 calories/serving or better yet- make your own).
- Grocery list - Plan what you will buy to fuel yourself with. Buy Nutrient dense foods that keep you full longer, like greens and other vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats (like avocado or olive oil), and whole grains. Steer clear of buying junk food and desserts, seriously you don’t need to taunt yourself with that stuff at home.
- Meal list - Know what’s is the fridge/pantry and available to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. Prepare a couple meals incase you are in a hurry. Things like having soup on hand, grains like quinoa pre-made, grill or roast some veggies, buy a whole chicken (girls don’t eat anything but the white meat, and please no skin) to make have a pre-made healthy dinner, that you can turn into tomorrows lunch.
- Prepare snacks - Before you get to the “OOPS I just ate a whole lot of <fill in the blank>” (also induced from the booze you just drank on an empty stomach)! Keep green apples, cut up veggies, nuts and granola bars on hand, in case you cease the moment to get some shopping done.
4 - Budget on how much you have and are willing to spend this year for everything from gifts to dinner parties.
- Your bank account and your weight have direct communication. When your bank account goes down, guess what, your waistline goes up.
5 – Gift shopping list. Make a list of everyone on your list, with an idea of what to buy (keeping your budget in mind). Plan time to take a big chunk out shopping during less busy times ie Monday during your lunch instead of Saturday).
6 – Cards, baking, crafting and errands list. Baking and getting crafty on gifts is a lot of fun, it is way more personal and way less expensive. Prepare what you’d like to create, buy ingredients, wrapping materials and set aside time.
Stay tuned for the Holidays Part II – I want you to look and feel your best going into 2012 and all throughout the year!
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