"Don't be silly" I hear you cry, that is ridiculous.
"I would never let myself go that far" you say.
It is possible. When I worked on the cruise ship we had a 35 day cruise and I did a weight management program for guests to keep themselves in check. I had one lady who put on 30 pounds (13.6kg) in 35 days. That's over ONE MILLION calories. Think about it! With one mince pie cruising in at approximatly 280 calories it's easy to see who ate all the pies!
Even if you are a bit cuddly now and could loose a few kilos it doesn't matter. Stay as you are, put the fork down and think about that second helping. You do not need it. Try and stick to your normal eating routine on non party days. Think about what engagments you have coming up and plan your intake. If you know your going to a friends house with nibbles then just try and have a light lunch to combat those tasty delights. It's unlikely you will be able to resist at the party, plus your host will think your rude!
Not just for men. Wearing loose fitting, baggy clothes and elasticated waists are a disaster. Try and wear a belt, it will let you know soon enough if you have gone overboard. No cheating! Opening your belt under the table cloth is a no no! Cheaters never win. Ditch your "round the house joggy bottoms" for a while too. They will trick you into a false sense of comfort. Besides, this is no time to be a house slob. Who knows the doorbell just might ring?
Easier said than done, especially here in Ireland. Its cold, damp and dark. Get moving no matter how lazy and full you feel. It will aid digestion and keep you regular. Borrow a doggy and go for a walk. Involve your kids, have they gotten new bikes and are dying to cycle? Walk the long way to a social engagement. Get off the bus a few stops early. Go for a Christmas day swim. If there are elderly relatives bring them too. They need daylight and excerise too. Make sure there is a coffeee shop or park bench on your route incase they need a break. Dance to Christmas music in your sitting room. Anything! Just keep moving.
Or whatever it is in your hand. Eat consciously. How many times have you eaten a bag of crisps, for example, got to the end and wondered what happend all the crisp? Try and taste your food, put down the knife and fork occasionally. Use chop sticks to slow you down if you have to. Chew your food and taste it instead of hoovering it up. You are a human being not a waste disposal unit.
Why set your self unrealistic weight loss goals/ extreme excerise plan, fail and feel like crap? You will feel bad enough in January as it is with the darkness, no money and a holiday hangover. Just be kind to yourself, besides, you are not one of those people who made a pig of themsleves. You are better than that. Just keep doing what you are doing and make tweeks as you go. You are a work in progress, so make the necessary adjustments without trying to reinvent yourself on the first day of January. Build up your fitness, loose weight sensibly and stay injury free.
Yes I know it's no fun but at least make an effort. If your hungover get some electrolytes into your water too. If you know you are going on a session, prepare. Drink water through out the day, try and get a few sneaky waters in between sherberts. Eat the ice cubes in your drink if you have to. Water also will keep you full and stop you over eating.
So these few simple measures should make your transition from 2016 to 2017 a little less of an ordeal in the waist line department. Unfortunatly, I can't help you with the family rows, the rubbish present you wish you hadn't received or the fact that brussel sprouts make their annual comeback. Never mind, there is always Christmas 2017 to get what you really want.
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About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Siromani and Pilates Instructor, based in South County Dublin. She treats and teaches people from all walks of life, including many athletes, especially cyclists, runners and golfers. Recently featured in the Irish Independant, FIT Magazine, her Yoga 4 Cyclists class has gained notoriety. A keen cyclist and proud member of Orwell Wheelers she has completed numerous cycling events including La Marmotte Sportive. Sinéad has also completed three Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races, Half Marathons and the Camino de Santiago.