It’s started. I call it The Season of Eating. There’s really no way to get around it, one way or another your healthy living tendencies will go to shit during this period. Some of us will manage better than others, but basically we’ll all suffer a shift in our waistlines and our exercise regiment.
First and foremost, do not to panic! Worrying will only stress you out causing you to eat or drink more, elevating the situation.
I’m not going to lie; I cave during The Season of Eating. I definitely dive head first into most opportunities to suck down yummy food and drink. Miraculously, I usually manage to keep the same jean size but it’s not a pretty picture nor is it easy.
Anyway, here are just a few little things that I personally keep in mind during these challenging times. They work for me and they’re pretty painless.
- Baked goods – Eat only homemade stuff or things that you can be darn sure will be worth the calories. When confronted with a cookie tray from Cost-Co, skip it and wait until someone passes the truffles or homemade snacks.
- The same goes for the cheese platter. If you can’t skip it all together then pass up the blocks of Safeway cheese and wait for the artisan cheese platter to surface. It might not appear for a day or two but it will at some point!
- Sign yourself up for a workout class or organized event. Perhaps a New Years Eve or NY Day run, cycle or walk. There are tons to choose from. It’ll force you to stay on top of your workouts. I’ve signed myself for a New Years Eve half marathon that I’m not fit for at the current moment, so like it or not I’ll have to dig deep and train, impending cookie gut and all!
- Keep moving. I like to keep moving. It tuckers me out sometimes but it helps keep the furnace burning. Examples: Walk and take the stairs everywhere possible. Get up in the morning, have your coffee and go for a walk/run/ride or what ever you can manage for as long as you can manage it. 10 minutes is better than nothing! Mid day, walk/take a yoga class, just move for at least 10 minutes. Same goes for the evening, don’t just go home and sit on the sofa ever. Even if you can’t do this every day do what you can when you can. Make the effort it does help!
Here are some numbers that might motivate you. 10 minutes of: (The math will obviously vary depending on your body weight, composition and the pace at which you perform the task)
- Walking at brisk pace will burn 54 calories
- Heavy cleaning will burn 54 calories
- Step-ups (using stairs) burns 175 calories
- Raking leaves burns 40 calories
And, try these lean muscle builders. Remember, the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn just sitting at the table next to the cheese platter.
- Squats—Do ‘em while you brush your teeth
- Walking Lunges — As you move about your home
- Push-Ups — Do 10 every time you find yourself at the kitchen sink. (Against the wall or on the floor)
- Curls — With a can of soup or bottle of detergent
- Plank Position — While reheating food. Hold for 30 seconds and work up to 3 minutes.
- Crunches — There are a thousand versions. Pick the ones you like and do ‘em while you watch the weather.
So there you go, these are things that help me. If you want to be, or if you can be super good, then skip all the holiday treats, simply walk past the cookie platter and when cooking, find ways to make healthier versions of the dishes you serve. Unfortunately total abstinence won’t work for me so I’ve found these other things that help me. As for you, it’s up to you to find ways to enjoy the season and manage your waistline at the same time, I can only offer suggestions.
The bottom line, enjoy this time, no matter what.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I’ll be on back Monday 11/28 with something very gripping to say…
P.s. Click here if you want to know how far you’ll have to run/etc to burn off the bits of your T-giving dinner. I say, just keep moving and stop counting!