The holiday season for most is the hardest time of year to stick to a diet and maintain a training program. Its a great time to be with family and friends, but, and i am sure you will agree with this, that family and friends can often be the motivating factor behind you not eating well. The most common lines i hear are “Oh come on Owen, your on holiday”, or “Owen you are missing out, just try this”, or “Owen you can burn it off tomorrow”!…. Combine this pressure with the abundance of great looking food and rich yummy deserts and it then becomes all to easy to lose yourself.
Yip, we have all been there right?
Well, here are some tips for you. In fact this is what i do and it has helped me every time – well 90% of the time:) i am human after all:)
Owens 5 Tips
Drink lots of water: I normally drink a lot a water, but during these times i end up drinking more. Drinking water is such a simple trick as it helps fill you up before a big meal.
Don’t skip meals: I never skip meals before a big meal out. I keep to my normal daily meal routine and have even had a bowl of oats before a night out, as it helps to keep me full.
Don’t train before a big meal: I often try and not train at least 2 hours before a big feast. Reason being after intensive exercise your metabolism is flying and therefore you could end up eating more. Its sorta like going grocery shopping while hungry, you will end up buying unhealthy foods that you don’t need.
Eat slowly: I always make a conscious effort to eat slowly. Studies have shown that the faster you eat the more likely you will eat more than you should.
Control portion size: I don’t fill my plate at all. In fact the first thing i do is look for the salads and veggies, then i will look for the meats, chicken or fish and choose one. I have always managed to control my portions although its easier said than done at times.
The above tips are what i personally do. They may or may not work for you, but they could be worth a try:)
I have also put together some links for you check out:
Stay On Your Diet During The Holidays: If you have been watching your weight all year, you certainly won’t want to add back the pounds during the holiday season! By making a commitment to yourself and your health, with these tips it will be possible to enjoy the holiday celebrations without adding extra pounds.
ACE’s Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays:The holidays can be a joyous time of year shared with family and friends, but they can also bring stress and anxiety as we struggle to keep up with often-unrealistic demands and expectations. That’s why it is so important for all of us to relax and take good care of ourselves. ACE’s top tips for surviving the holidays are great for increasing your energy and reducing your stress, this season and all year long.
Holiday Fitness Tips: The winter months, compounded with stress of the holidays, can weaken the immune system. Compromised immune systems can cause headaches, colds, major illnesses, accidents on the job, low energy, and missed days at work. Missed days means missed opportunity to make money, which further stresses us out. Typically, your work-out routine and healthy eating habits are also missed. Stay fit and healthy this holiday season with this checklist.
Brilliant article on how to stay fit during the holidays.
As the busy holiday season approaches, it’s important to make fitness and health an important part of your schedule. Fitness expert Jim Karas shares 10 easy and practical ways to be more health-conscious during the holidays.
If you keep on doing what you are doing now, then where do you see yourself in one year?
Sure you will make progress in some area’s of your life, but, are they the area’s that mean the most to you?
We all want to move forward in certain area’s of our lives, but its easier said than done. We are all so used to thinking a certain way which makes it hard for us to take the first definite step, even though we know deep down that its the right thing to do.
You are the only one that controls your future. Its up to you whether you want to take that step forward or not. Remember the longer you wait to make that first step , the harder it will be.
You can’t get to where you want to go standing still. Start moving. Do it for yourself:)
The truth is change takes longer than we think. Acknowledging that from the start can make a big difference in helping us stick to our weight loss plan.
In life there will be many roadblocks. Getting through these roadblocks is totally up to you. You can either choose to turn around and go back, or, you can choose to fight on forward. At the end of the day the choice is yours. But remember, if you go back you will arrive at the starting point …again…
Just for today: DON’T GIVE UP.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
I am sure you hear the word “impossible” at least a few time a day, right? Some people say that word because they are scared to take on new challenges or responsibilities. Maybe they are scared they will fail or maybe they think people will laugh at them. A person who wants to lose weight will often use that word as their confidence and self esteem are very low.
I am by no means saying that “EVERYTHING” is possible. I mean, i want a Ferrari with a huge house on Hollywood boulevard and 1 million dollar payslip every month. Is that possible NO!, not in my life time, unless i rob a bank…But what i am saying is that you need to try first. You need to believe in yourself , set realistic goals and never ever give up trying. Never let any doubts bring you down, it just sucks up all your energy.
I was once told that thinking negative thoughts is like hording. It takes up space.
Today is a “possible” day. Go out and make it happen, at least make a start. Baby steps:)
Medical News Today has just released a very interesting article about the dangers of long term marathons. This is definitely worth a read:
Cardiologists say that for optimum health we should limit vigorous exercise to between 30 and 50 minutes per day.
The researchers, from Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, USA, explained in the journal Heart that running for too long or too fast does not do more good to health than a moderately vigorous session of thirty to fifty minutes. Read more here…