Update: Congrats to Nanette R. for winning this giveaway!

I am not a fitness expert. I have never run a marathon (or a half marathon).

But I do have friends who go to the gym. And occasionally I go with them.

We are the people, possibly like you, who are doing our best. Do we crave Mexican food or eat a piece of office party cake once in a while? Sure. We don’t always get the fitness thing right, but we try. And we pump each other up when we need to get back on track by passing these tips back and forth as needed for moral support.

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  1. Drink water. Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’ve heard it before. But there’s a reason for that—water is incredibly important to your health on so many levels! Drinking water suppresses your appetite, helps your body burn stored fat, flushes toxins, energizes muscles, promotes clear thinking, and much, much more. Keep a water bottle in your car and at your desk to help you stay on track.
  2. Treat each meal like it’s a new opportunity (starting now). So you had one too many sausage balls at the office Christmas potluck. That happened, and that is over. Make different choices at your very next meal. The mindset of “I’ve already blown it today…” is a fat trap! Each meal is a new starting point. Give yourself a break if you make a bad choice, but don’t use one bad decision to justify the next. On the same note, thinking, I’ll get back on track after the holidays… is diet suicide. Start now. Even a small start is a start.
  3. Eat this, not that. OK. The holidays are just getting started. You can still eat, drink, and be merry this season without totally sabotaging yourself. How? By making good choices. Opt for protein packed party fare rather than the carb-and-sugar snacks. And let yourself have a few bites of whatever it is you enjoy indulging in most. It’s the holidays! There’s no need to completely deprive yourself of your favorites. Everything in moderation (including moderation).
  4. Ask for exercise attire. Sometimes new running shoes really do make you feel lighter and more agile. Add a few pieces of workout gear to your Christmas wish list. Clothes and shoes that make you feel good really can motivate you to get moving. And if not, at least you’ll have a new favorite pair of stretchy pants to wear after big meals.

Do you have any holiday diet survival tips? Leave us a comment with your tip (or favorite holiday food indulgence) to be entered to win this fabulous water bottle and yoga mat.

By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rulesToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (12/10/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

Comments

  1. Drink LOTS of water throughout the day & especially before meals & parties!!!!

  2. Good tips and reminders! One I would add would be to keep exercise in your schedule, even if you can’t go as often as you usually do. Even a 20-30 min. walk can help us deal with stress and help us to feel better amid all the extra treats. Thanks!

  3. Brenda M. says:

    Good advice! Remember that exercise can come in smaller segments of time and not to blow it off just because you don’t have a large chunk of time to devote to it. Parking farther away from the store and walking the stairs rather than use the elevator or escalator are easy ways to get in some exercise.

  4. If you dont have time to go to the gym doing housework can be a good work out too.
    Also playing with the kids can be a workout put some music on and dance with your children.

  5. Set a reasonable treat budget and stick to it. There are things that you only have during this time of year but it is not a reason to go overboard. Enjoy those treats but not so much you will hate yourself later. :)

  6. Get a buddy to check in with and see how you are doing. My buddy and I send encouragement to each other. I love that especially when I want to over indulge.

  7. Here’s my tip: Offer to bring something to the parties you attend – and make it healthy! Fruits, veggies, reduced fat/claorie recipes. This way you’ll at least be able to indulge in one item on the buffet!

  8. I still try to find time to walk. After taking my son to school I go to the beach and walk for 30-45 minutes. It helps that I live in central Florida and have warm, sunny winters!

  9. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
    Let’s get moving!

  10. Sandi Hinton says:

    Pick a calorie intake that helps you maintain your weight and stick to it! Exercise in the morning or afternoon, don’t do any strenuous exercise at night (it will make you hungry at night) and don’t eat after 7pm! Merry Christmas!

  11. One of the best things I have learned through many years of dieting is to just make the next right decision. I don’t have to worry about tomorrow or even later today. I only have to make the right decision now. Takes the pressure off of the big picture to one more manageable. I can make one decision at a time!

  12. These are all great tips! I also try to take a day to fast…liquid diet and if I really need it, a couple of pieces of toast with a cup of tea. It puts a halt to my overindulging and gives me a fresh start for the next day to make good choices!

  13. Angie Miller says:

    I try to think ahead about my day. If I know a party or supper out is happening, then I eat light foods for breakfast and lunch so that I can “fudge ” a little at the party!

  14. nadya kotik says:

    i try to eat clean before and after the holidays. also i try to think of it as one day not a weekend of bad eating or a week

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