Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts.
Christmas is almost here and I don’t even have my tree up yet — YIKES! Because I have a son whose birthday is mid-December, we don’t usually put it up until after his birthday. Well, his birthday has come and gone. Maybe I will get to the tree tomorrow. And I don’t have any Christmas baking done either! I should get a few treats made by the week’s end. I don’t want to do it too early or temptation and cravings may stall my healthy intentions.
Did you know that studies show people only gain 2 pounds during the month of December. The holidays are not a good excuse to overindulge and put on those pesky pounds. A good reminder for me.
Procrastination is something that plagues many of us seeking to lose weight or for that matter, maintain our weight, especially during the holiday season. We want to lose/maintain our weight, but we haven’t made our health a priority on our to-do list. I know this full well. I decided that I wanted to lose those extra vacation pounds, but I have to revisit my commitment every single day. For instance, I sat down on Sunday and planned my menus for the next couple of days, prepared a grocery list, and planned the timing of my meals and snacks. It is much easier to succumb to the Christmas cookie and chocolate temptations that I am sure are calling my name, but they are not.
Other positive healthy living choices I have made include wearing my Pulse and track my activity and sleep, and to attend my bi-weekly Zumba Fitness classes. Some days are definitely better than others. As well, I put “healthy” gift ideas on my Christmas list to help me to reach my goal. Maybe Santa (aka my dear husband) will nestle a new GPS watch with heart rate monitor under the Christmas branches on Christmas morn or maybe some TRX cross-training videos.