thanksgiving

Well, believe it or not…Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  Truly, I can’t believe how quickly time moves.  Anyway, it is time for a plan.  Many people fall off their diet from Thanksgiving until New Year.  There really is no reason for that…Have a plan!

A few people have asked why do the Skinny Mom Seven Week Challenge during the holidays… I have one answer… It provides you with a plan, a map, a direction, and a way to get back on track when you fall off at a holiday party or at a holiday dinner.

But, seven week challenge or not, get a holiday action plan together and don’t fall off the wagon too long.  Five to six weeks off of your diet and exercise plan is a very long time. You will be finding yourself in a very unhappy place in the new year.

Here’s some ideas for making your action plan:

1.  If you fall of the wagon at a party on Friday night, it doesn’t mean your entire weekend is shot.  Get back on the horse Saturday morning, and you may want to have a lower carb day to get your body back into rhythm.

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2.  If you are drinking, make sure that you have a big glass of water between each drink.

3.  Front load the exercise.  It is what you do before your big meal; not after that determines how your body handles the extra food and calories.  Make sure you do high-intensity, plyometric-type work, some strength training and some cardio.

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4.  Drink a huge glass of water before the meal.

5.  Go into the meal with a plan. For example, don’t go back for seconds and split dessert with someone.

6.  Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Our appetite is very visual, filling a salad plate up makes you think you are eating a great deal more than you are, but you are eating about 50% less than you would if you were using a dinner plate.

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7.  Plan your exercise and food in advance.  For example, since Thursday is the big day this week, front load your exercise on Monday through Wednesday, and have your clean eating healthy meals planned for the week.

8.  If you are having appetizers, use celery to dip instead of crackers or bread.

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9.  Even though I am not a big fan (OK, not at all) of the scale., this is the time of year that you want to make sure you are weighing yourself.  The number on the scale may be a great way to keep you away from the dessert table.

10.  Enjoy your holiday season without going up a pant size for the new year.

If you would like more information about the seven-week challenge, email Brooke at [email protected].

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.