When it comes to dieting, we can rationalise away any inappropriate action with excuses like: 'I didn't eat that much', 'my jumper shrank in the wash', or 'I don't have time to exercise'. Been there, got the too small t-shirt.
Hard as it may be, you'll be glad you had some control come January.
8 WAYS TO CUT THE CALORIES THIS CHRISTMAS
Don't plan your celebrations around food
Yes, we will all cook the turkey, glaze the ham and make the stuffing... but change your focus this year away from having the perfect meal. Instead put emphasis on spending time with your family and friends and having a good time away from the table.
Prepare a lighter Christmas dinner
Stuff the turkey with fruit and onions making for a tasty turkey which isn't loaded with lumpy bread stuffing. Go for boiled or mashed potatoes instead of roasties and hold off on buttering those sprouts. Skim your gravy, make the custard with skimmed milk and go for one spoonful of single cream instead of double. No one needs to know that they're eating healthily.
Make water your drink of choice at all holiday gatherings
When offered a high-calorie, nutrition-free cocktail say 'NO thank you' and order a sparkling mineral water. Keep the calories and hangovers at bay. If you can't be that angelic, alternate one alcoholic drink for one glass of water, and opt for clear spirits.
Don't worry about your little black dress
How you walk in the room, your posture, your confidence and your smile will be remembered by others long after the memory of what you wore fades.
Be sure to wear something flattering, get your hair cut or coloured, or splurge on a manicure. But realise that your attitude and smile matter far more than the shape of your body or the style of your clothes.
Do something positive for yourself each day
Exercise is the best stress buster during the busy holiday weeks. Make sure that you are getting a minimum of 30 minutes cardiovascular workout at least four times a week and you will see in a happy new year.
Bring a healthy dish to a party
The host will thank you for your generosity and need never know that your ulterior motive is to ensure that you will have at least one healthy item to eat.
Don't add stress to your life
The holiday seasons are not about buying the perfect gift, finding the 'it' toy, having the perfectly decorated home or having the kids holiday pictures taken. Do not overload yourself with things that really aren't important. Simplify and relax.
Stay on the health track
Make no excuses and accept no excuses. Keep this phrase in mind, 'everywhere you go, there you are'. You do not go on holiday from your body. Your body doesn't need yule logs, mince pies, brandy butter or even a selection box.
To indulge in anything in excess is to accept excuses and rationalise. This year, things will be different.
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