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When Holiday Tips Fall Short

Another day another article on Holiday weight loss tips. Have you ever wondered why everyone you know still gains weight this time of year - despite the fact that Holiday weight loss tips are passed around in greater numbers than Christmas cookies?

Don't get me wrong - weight loss tips are great. I love to find creative ways to cut calories and increase activity during the most fattening time of the year. In fact, here are 10 great tips that will prevent you from gaining weight over the holidays:

1. First and foremost don't go to dinner hungry. Starving yourself all day before the big meal will send your metabolism on a ride, a SLOW ride. You should eat breakfast and lunch as you normally would on any other day.
2. Officially schedule exercise into your calendar. It's just too easy to let workouts slide this time of year - make a commitment to exercise and keep it. Go skiing for a day or take the kids sledding. No snow in sight? No problem - take a brisk bike ride, hike one of our many trails or power walk through the mall.
3. Forego the goodie making. By keeping your home free from Holiday treats you will undoubtedly gain fewer pounds. However, if you simply have to make those Christmas cookies then chew gum during the baking process to prevent snacking.
4. Eat like a Cow! Did I say that? Yes! What do cows do extremely well? They chew their food! Your body needs some time to realize that it has a job to do after you’ve fed it. Allow time for your digestive enzymes to break down your food and use it for energy.
5. Use healthy ingredients. Your Holiday meal will taste even better when you seek out fresh, organic and low fat ingredients - and you'll feel better too.
6. Limit your intake of calorie laden beverages. Eggnog, mochas and hot chocolate all have one thing in common: they are packed with empty calories. If you must, learn to compromise, have them with nonfat milk and pass on the whipped cream. Choose a glass of wine and by all means include lots of water.
7. Pace yourself throughout the gathering. Holiday Dinners are quite a production in most families. Therefore, we tend to want to honor the host by stuffing ourselves, acknowledging their hard work, well-prepared and delicious meal. Avoid this trap. It is still just a meal.
8. Enjoy a sample. No one says you have to completely avoid the appetizers and desserts at your Holiday party - just enjoy in moderation.
9. Focus on family not food. Let's face it, this time of year is big on two things: family and food. Make an effort to place your focus primarily on your family.
10. Stick to your strategy. The best way to gain weight over the Holidays is to approach them without a plan. Using the above tips, write down the ways in which you plan to avoid weight gain this year - then periodically check up on yourself.
The truth is that if you follow these tips you will see a drop in Holiday pounds and you may even lose a pound or two…but don't expect to reshape your figure with them.

Let's be honest, you want to lose more than a pound or two. You want to lose all of those extra pounds while reshaping your body. Simply avoiding certain foods or burning a few extra calories won't produce the breathtaking results that you crave.

Here's the bottom line: To transform your body you must introduce new and challenging exercise to your routine.

You may feel that the secret to achieving weight loss is just that - a secret. A mystery. You try, and try, and try but your goals are never met. Your dream body continues to stay out of reach.

In my experience the people who are unable to lose weight aren't failing due to laziness. In fact, those frustrated with their weight often put in a lot of effort – but on the wrong things. A fad diet. The latest exercise gizmo. An ineffective routine at the gym.

It's not that you aren't willing to put in the effort - you're just doing the wrong thing.

Think about this for a moment…What if 2010was the year that you took control of your body? The year that you threw your fat clothes away…the year that you were proud to put on a bathing suit…the year that your doctor congratulated you on your improved health...the year that your family and friends - and that special someone - showered you with compliments.

It's possible. Even more possible than you think.

The thing is that you need to direct your effort in an effective way. It all comes back to introducing new and challenging exercise into your routine.

I can't promise that it will be easy. You'll work hard, you'll sweat and you'll even feel sore. And before you know it you will be telling everyone you know about the amazing results you've achieved.

In this season of gift giving don't miss the opportunity to give yourself the gift that you really want – a new body. A tight body. A stronger body. A healthier body.

You deserve it.





Let's Talk Turkey!

A holiday-themed, hand-held meal, complete with corn stuffing you can make in the microwave?! Yup...

Ingredients:

For Corn Stuffing
1 1/2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. chopped jarred roasted red peppers
1 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/2 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)
Optional: 1 jarred jalapeno slice, chopped

For Wrap
1 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla (or alternative below)
1 tbsp. light blue cheese dressing with about 25 calories per tbsp. (like the one by Wish-Bone)
5 mandarin orange segments packed in juice, drained and chopped
1 tbsp. dried cranberries
3 oz. cooked skinless lean turkey breast, chopped
1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce

Directions:
Combine all ingredients for the stuffing in a microwave-safe bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, and stir until thoroughly mixed. Microwave for 30 seconds. Use a fork to break up the mixture. If needed, microwave for another 15 seconds, until no longer liquid-y. Set aside to cool.

Lay tortilla on a plate and warm in the microwave for 10 - 15 seconds.

Spread dressing onto the tortilla, and sprinkle chopped orange segments and dried cranberries down the center of the tortilla. Top with turkey, stuffing, and lettuce.

Wrap tortilla up tightly like a burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the bottom. (Or serve it wrap-style, with one end left open.)

Note: This thing will be SUPER-STUFFED. (It IS a Thanksgiving wrap, after all.) Now eat up, turkey!

MAKES 1 SERVING

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"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."

- Charles DuBois

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Ann







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