Well, it’s happened. The holidays are here once again, and with it comes the Fitness Grinch?! From Halloween to New Years, our house is a bastion of junk food, candy, cookies, and treats. And it always seems to coincide with a time of willpower depletion. It’s like the perfect storm. These are some critical months, my friends, where we are surrounded by treats. There are doughnuts and goodies in the office…at the church…candy bowls are filled and on every table…it’s a harsh obstacle for those of us that want to get or stay in shape!
These are those critical days that lead to the frustrations and New Year’s Resolutions. These are those days we will look back on. But fear not, all is not lost…yet. We have time to cut our losses….
For one, we don’t have to delve into every candy bowl and coffee mess platter of treats. Pick a time to indulge and enjoy, and try to avoid the other times. For example, I like family parties and that’s when I like to leave the food log at home. The "damage" of one weekend party may take all week to save up for calorie-wise, but I think it's worth it.
It’s the week days where you can make up the most ground. For example, if you can stick to a 300-400 calorie breakfast and a 400-500 calorie lunch, you have plenty of room for a nice dinner in the evening and maybe even a treat while still being under 1800-2000 calories. This requires some planning, discipline and packing a lunch, but it’s well worth the effort. Aside from saving you some pounds, you’ll probably save a few bucks, too! A lunch at the local fast food joint, can easily be 1500-2000 calories. A sandwich, rice cake, and apple is under 500 calories and if you walk during your lunch break you might be able to burn half of that off!
So what’s the morale of my disjointed holiday story? It’s November. The holiday fitness grinch hasn't beaten us yet. We have time to mix good-eating days with bad and hopefully come out on top. With some discipline during the week, we can loosen up a bit on the weekends and arrive at the new year with some achievable resolutions.
For those fitness enthusiasts and runners on your Christmas list, check out the Gifts for Runners page. It’s loaded with ideas, product links and reviews. One of the items on this page is the new Garmin 405. I’ve been using it since the summer and love the upgrade over the Garmin 201. From the quick satellite reception to the maps, overlays, and heart monitor…it’s awesome. It just came down in price and is a great gift idea if you have a gadget-loving distance runner to buy for. Happy holidays!!
You can find this article and other motivational fitness information in the November 2008 article of The Bullhorn. You can sign up for this free monthly e-zine below.