How To Make It Through The Holidays Without Gaining Weight


It’s not easy, but it is simple. All you have to do is decide. Decide how the weight loss/gain story is going to go for you this holiday season and commit to that decision.

What choices will you make during the holiday season? Will you choose to overeat and under move? Will you gain weight? Will you be miserable with where you’re at with your health and fitness, your pants size, when the new year begins?

Would you like to maintain or even lose weight over the holidays? It can be done. Lots of people do it. I’ve done it. Again, the catch is that it’s not easy. It’s simple, but not easy.

Once you’ve made the decision and you’re committed to it, one of the best strategies I know is to say “NO”. Get on the no train. Just say no. Decide what your plan is and say no to anything that doesn’t fit the plan.

Don’t have a plan? There are so many good ones out there. Ask a friend who’s had success with losing weight. Check out the options at great companies like BeachBody. Or contact me to work together on creating a custom plan.

Does saying “no” sound like deprivation? It’s not. It might feel that way at first, but if you’re eating a nutritious, well balanced diet then you won’t be deprived. In fact it will be the opposite. When your body is getting the nutrition it needs instead of sugar and empty calories, you will feel great!

Maybe saying “no” sounds boring. You think saying no to drinks and desserts is boring? What’s boring is telling that same old story, yet again, about how you screwed up on your diet, how you couldn’t handle sticking to your plan and how you feel fat and your pants won’t zip.

You know what would be exciting? Losing weight, sticking to your guns and keeping the promises you make to yourself over the holidays. That’s exciting.

It’s hard going it alone. I get that. So don’t do it. Find support. Are you on Facebook? There are so many fitness groups, great ones, filled with positive, supportive people who are on the same journey you are. Just get on there and do a search or connect with me and I’ll hook you up with a great group of people working on their fitness just like you.

I’ll bet there are also people all around you who would support you and even join you, that you just haven’t discovered yet. I find that the more I’m willing to stand up for the things I believe the more people come out of the woodwork who feel the same way. Your courage to do what you need to do and not hide it or make excuses will give others the courage to do the same.

And in the end if you choose to overeat and under move and go astray from your diet and exercise plan, that’s OK. As long as you recognize that it’s a choice you’ve made. The question then… is that what you really want?


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