Making healthy decisions during the holiday season can be a challenge. Rich, decadent foods, tasty treats, and calorie-packed beverages at every social event can threaten to steer you off course at any given moment.
A common wedding stressor for many brides-to-be is weight loss. Every bride wants to look her best on her special day, but it is important that you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Unrealistic weight loss goals, crash course diets, and grueling workout regiments will only add to your pre-wedding stress levels.
Focus on healthy eating and working exercise into your everyday schedule to leave you feeling your best; healthy and toned. There are three things to keep in mind this holiday season, and as you get ready for your approaching wedding date: smart eating, accountability, and fitting in fitness.
Everyone looks forward to their favorite holiday foods and treats during this time of year. With the right outlook and game plan, you can still enjoy them without over-indulging and feeling guilty the next day.
- Don’t deprive yourself; holding back on favorites will intensify cravings
- Use moderation
- Let a favorite treat like fudge, cookies or eggnog be a reward if you’ve meet a weekly diet or exercise goal
- When eating out or at holiday parties, go for smaller portions or split a meal
- Opt for a healthy snack during the day. Avoid the calorie packed treats laying around the office
- Don’t use food to ease stress
Hold Yourself Accountable
It is easy enough to set goals or boundaries for yourself, but the tough part is following through. Like the time old saying, “actions speak louder than words”.
- Write down your goals (you would like to lose 5 lbs or a great holiday goal is simply to gain 0 lbs through the holiday season)
- Get a game plan. How are you going to achieve those goals?
- Find a buddy! Get a girlfriend to start exercising or going on an evening walk with you.
- Check in points. Give yourself a grade on how are you doing on reaching your goal.
- Set mini rewards for yourself along the way to keep up motivation and morale
I am not a gym person. I think it takes more energy to actually get me motivated to get there than it does to workout once I’m there. You don’t have to check in at a gym to tone up and drop a few pounds. Here’s a few tips of how to work it into your everyday.
- Find something fun like zumba or kick boxing for a great workout, whether it’s a class or dvd
- Find a workout routine you can fit into your everyday schedule womansday.com offers work out anywhere videos with Abby Cuffey
- Walk. Simply walking can burn calories and help you tone up. walk with walgreens is free online to sign up, track your progress and earn coupons.
- Make smart decisions like taking the stairs at work, walking down the hall instead of sending an email, or parking the car further away in the parking lot.
The Best You
Remember your wedding day is about feeling and looking your best. Don’t obsess over unrealistic goals. You’re future husband fell in love with who you are, not who you want to be.
Eating right and fitting physical activity into your everyday life will help boost energy levels and your immune system, leaving you healthy and feeling good about yourself.