Stay Fit and Lean During the Holidays Part 1

I know I don’t post much about my new career adventure in personal training – oh wait! I don’t post about much of anything these days! Ha! I am writing a 4 part blog post and at the end of the 4th one will be a giveaway!!

Anyway, with Halloween just leading us into the season where most people are too busy to exercise and don’t worry about their eating. I mean, why not just eat what you want and lose it after the new year? This is a great article that talks about how much most people gain during the holiday season (which is, surprisingly, only about 1-2 pounds!) AND it talks about what happens to that weight after the holidays! You may not actually be gaining a lot of extra weight, but, as the article suggests, your body composition may change!! Which could be why some of your clothes just don’t fit as well by the new year!!
Now I am going to give you a couple of tips for this holiday season:
1. Set a goal for yourself – be specific (could be about your weight, how a pair of pants fit, etc), make it attainable, track your progress, and set an end date to see how well you did!!
2. Find someone to keep you accountable! I have several friends/family members who I am helping to keep accountable – you will do better if you have someone to talk to about your frustrations, habits, and to encourage you!!
3. Keep track of what you eat. My favorite website is My Fitness Pal because it is so easy to use, it has an app so you can scan the barcode on the food that you eat for nutritional information, and you will find ANY food imaginable in their database!! Research shows that people who keep track of their food intake are more successful in meeting their weight-loss goals (which, in the long run, helps you maintain, too, because over time you will become VERY familiar with the food you eat).
4. My last tip for today – drink more water!!! You should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces. That may seem like a lot of water but it is so important – it helps eliminate waste, increases your metabolism, and helps you retain less water! It will also help you feel more satisfied between meals!!
As I said before, I will be offering a giveaway at the end of my series of blogs. Stay tuned and invite your friends to read!! Feel free to ask questions along the way – I would love to help you out!!
If you live in the St. Charles/O’fallon MO area, check out this website for more information about Boot Camp Challenge. It is a great program that combines personal training, group exercise and nutrition!!
Also, for more nutrition information about some of the vitamins and supplements and I love, go here!

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