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Christmas stress

Christmas can be a great time of year spent with family and friends that we don't normally get to see because of distance or just plain hectic schedules.  It can also be a very stressful time of year if you are trying to maintain your weight during the holidays.  Quite honestly, if you are trying to lose weight during this season, it is going to add much more stress and disappointment which will eventually lead you to unnecessary weight gain and possibly a large setback starting out the New Year!  There is no reason that you cannot enjoy your holidays, with as little stress and weight gain as possible.  Here are a couple of tips:

1> Don't deprive yourself of holiday treats.  This will probably lead to binge eating and going way overboard.  Allow yourself to try your favorites.

2> Don't forget to exercise during the holidays.  Maybe the gym is closed but that doesn't mean you can't do a quick 15-20 min circuit on your own.  Maybe on Christmas Eve morning and/or Christmas Day morning after you tear open those packages.

3> Behave all week leading up to the holiday so you can have a "cheat" day.

4> Remember to drink plenty of water to help flush out the excess salt that you might be consuming.

5> Most importantly is to continue with your regular exercise regimen as you have been doing and STAY OFF THE SCALE!  What many people don't realize is that excess salt causes water retention and a false gain on the scale.  Not only can it be very upsetting to see those numbers inflated, sometimes people tend to "throw in the towel" thinking that they have no chance.  This is so false!  Enjoy your holiday, your family and the good food that you try to stay away from the rest of the year.  I promise when you come to Boot Camp, I will help you get back on track and feeling better for the New Year!!!!!

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