Thanksgiving Day and the biggest holiday sales weekend of the year are behind us, and now it’s time to take stock and try to normalize before going into the next round of holidays. If you ate too much on Thanksgiving Weekend and put on a few pounds, you’re not alone! Millions of Americans do it every year! But you don’t have to let weight gain during the holidays be permanent – and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy yourself at your Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts as long as you’re conscious of your health in between! Now is the perfect time to take off that Thanksgiving bloat you may have picked up, and look great for your upcoming holiday parties!
Add Exercise Into Your Day
It’s the most obvious thing in the book, and we all know it – but more exercise can help you get fitter! “But I don’t have time!” you say. Especially during the Holiday season! Well, even if you don’t have time to make a special trip to the gym and do a full-on workout, you can still add exercise into your day to help improve your overall fitness. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If you live in a house that has stairs, or work in an office with stairs, take a few minutes at the end of your day to go up and down the stairs a few extra times. As little as 5 or 10 minutes here can actually make a difference!
Stand at your desk; go outside and walk on your lunch break; take the dogs for a longer walk before or after work or go outside and run with your kids. Get up a few minutes early and do some push ups or curls in your house before you shower. There are tons of ways to add exercise into your day, even if you don’t have time to go to the gym – so do it!
Get Back to a More Normalized Eating Pattern
It’s easy for our bodies to get into the habit of consuming a lot of calories during Thanksgiving weekend, but it’s important to work back into more normal eating patterns after the holiday. Some people like to do a cleanse, and that can definitely help your body get accustomed to a more normalized diet. If you’re feeling really motivated, you can put together a meal plan that includes more veggies and whole, unprocessed foods – that will satisfy your body without a ton of calories.
But you can also just cut back on your portions; put half as much on your plate, and force yourself to wait 10 minutes after you finish it before you go back for more. Chances are, once you’ve given your body time to realize it’s full, you’ll never have to go back for the second half! Just normalize your eating patterns and you’ll find yourself making huge progress.
Buy a Little Something for Motivation
Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated – especially if you don’t have a pressing need, but are just trying to “feel fitter.” This is where it really helps to buy a little something for yourself to give you some motivation! Pick up one of our fabulous 2013 Swim Bikinis or Tankinis, and hang it where you can see it everyday. Let that motivate you to lose the Thanksgiving pudge and keep your mojo going all winter – so you’ll look GREAT come spring in your hot new swimwear!