JJ Blog 7 – Advice to Simona During the Holiday Season
So you are in a great place now and have really done well incorporating this into your life. To keep it that way, especially through the holidays, make sure that you continue to weigh and measure weekly. That really helps keep you on the straight and narrow! When you are going to a party, pick your shots. Focus on filling up on the healthy food and giving yourself “three polite bites” of a treat. My rule is that it has to be really, really worth it! And make sure you decide on 1 or 2 treats – 3 bites can quickly become a plateful if you aren’t careful.
You have naturally put a strategy in place that supports long-term success and that is trying new fitness activities. I love that you sought out a new class to try. It would be great to try something fun and new often -- even weekly, to keep mixing it up. Even better is to make some new friends at these classes who are also into getting fit and who you will look forward to connecting with.
You can do the same with food – try a healthy cooking class, go exploring at Whole Foods or the local Farmer’s Market or cruise some websites for some new ideas. Remember to consistently get your protein in, in a recent study this was shown to be an important long-term weight maintenance strategy.
You are a terrific role model for your kids. I loved the video about how your son is bringing you your supplements every day. That is awesome and you will find that he is going to want to do what you are doing – taking supplements, eating healthy and moving – it will become his lifestyle just like it has become yours.
Studies have shown that people who regularly take supplements lower their risk of the major lifestyle diseases and get sick less often but that is obviously not something you notice day to day, it is more long term. Think of taking your supplements like brushing your teeth, just something you do daily to stay healthy.
Finally, take the opportunity over the holidays to find some new healthy recipes to makeover your old ones that you can bring to parties or serve to your family. I am betting with your retrained taste buds you may even like them better and they will become the new ‘normal’ for your family!