Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: 7 Ways To Stay Fit This Holiday Season
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7 Ways To Stay Fit This Holiday Season

4:00 AM

From experience I can definitely tell you that gaining weight around the holidays (especially after your mid 20’s are over) is extremely easy.  All that food, all those sweets, all those holiday traditions can really take over your self control and leave you with 20 extra lbs to lose on top of the 15 you already wanted to lose.  A few months ago I started my weight loss journey and it took me quite a few months and lots of discipline to get rid of that first 20, now I’m working on that 15.  I’ve kind of been at a stand still with weight loss due to how much has been going on lately.  However, this holiday season, I will not allow myself to gain that much weight.  I can make due with 5 lbs but that’s it.  5 lbs is my max.  I decided that since I learned from my mistakes last year and trust me having the discipline to drop 20 lbs was A LOT of hard work so I kind of want to be lazy this year and only deal with a 5 lbs weight gain.  Here are the top 7 ways to stay fit this holiday season and take it from a girl who did the exact opposite of some of these things last year!

1.  Portion Control

Not only will this help you stay at your weight now, but it will reduce the drowsiness that comes with overeating.  We all know that food coma we go into after Thanksgiving dinner, and sleeping (even if it is just a nap) after eating a lot is terrible for your body.

2.  Cut back on Holiday Drinks

Instead of getting the holiday drinks at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts everyday get a regular coffee and then maybe once a week or every two weeks get the holiday drink.  You don’t need a peppermint mocha latte with whipped cream every day to be in the holiday spirit.  I actually went on the Starbucks website to check out the nutrition facts with this and here is a little break down for your holiday drinks with whole milk AND whipped cream for a grande, medium, or 16oz, if you ask me it’s kind of scary:

Caramel Brulee Latte

470 Calories
17 Fat (g)
69 Carbs (g)
250 Sodium

Gingerbread Latte

360 Calories
17 Fat (g)
42 Carbs (g)
150 Sodium

Peppermint Mocha

440 Calories
19 Fat (g)
63 Carbs (g)
125 Sodium

Chestnut Praline Mocha

370 Calories
17 Fat (g)
42 Carbs (g)
140 Sodium

3.  Drink lots of water

I say this all the time, but seriously chug that water.  It’ll help flush out your system and if you’re going to be drinking those holiday drinks everyday you’re going to need to keep yourself hydrated, I mean, did you see how much sodium is in that first drink?

4.  Baking/Cooking differently

Since I started baking I have been on a health kick with trying to find new recipes that are ok for my mom to eat.  She’s diabetic so I’ve been looking for a lot of substitutes in baking.  Trust me, there are A LOT of recipes out there to try.  I’ve even tried a vegan recipe and it was pretty tastey.  When it comes to cooking my mom has started figuring out different recipes and substitutes on a healthier dinner.  Don’t get me wrong the fake cranberry stuff that comes from the can that is in the perfect shape of that very same can is tastey but my mom’s homemade cranberry sauce is way better, and it makes the house smell so good!

5.  Shopping

We all know how crowded the malls get during the holidays and how hot it gets when shopping.  My recommendation (this is what I do) don’t wear layers that you can’t take off and stick in your purse.  I usually leave my coat in the car because I use my shopping time as a really mini workout.  I don’t use elevators and rarely ever use escalators, I take the stairs.  On top of that I walk A LOT when I’m at the mall.  It’s almost like I’m on a mission.  Power walk instead of lethargically dragging your feet and walking like you’re trapped in the desert with no water.  Go to as many stores as possible and don’t stop at the food court even though I know how good it all smells.  Thankfully all the stores by the food court are none that I shop at!

6.  Cinnamon

Cinnamon is very holiday’ish and actually it has some nutritional benefits behind it too.  I put a little bit of cinnamon in my coffee and oatmeal.  Are you diabetic?  This is perfect for you.

The intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. (source)

7.  Family Activities  

The holidays are about family right?  How about instead of taking seconds at the dinner table just because “I only pig out like this every once in a while” go for a walk or go outside and play football (I know some families that do that), then come back in and grab your seconds if you still even want them.


**Health and Fitness Disclaimer:  Please note, I am not a licensed trainer or doctor, nor do I claim to know about health and fitness.  I am not a licensed nutritionist.  These are things that I do and in my opinion work for me, I do not know if they are harmful.  Please consult your doctor first should you have any questions or concerns.

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  1. great advice! the holiday season is a trap for the waistline!


  2. I so needed this post. I'm already 12lbs overweight and the holidays are not even here yet. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

    1. You're very welcome! You don't look 12 lbs overweight though!

  3. Love all of these tips! I really need to get better about drinking water. When I'm at work every day I drink water all the time but now that I'm spending more time at home I'm always drinking other things... so bad. Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela

    1. I feel like whenever I drink water I just feel so much better, it's so strange.


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