With a few minor changes, you can start the new year feeling just a bit slimmer
Westminster, CO (PRWEB) December 13, 2005
The weight gaining season is upon us. You have a terribly long list of social functions to attend, but you don’t have to gain an ounce. “With a few minor changes, you can start the new year feeling just a bit slimmer,” says Laurie Bell, America’s permanent weight loss expert. The author of Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight: The Ultimate Guide to Permanent Weight Loss, (http://www.losethelieslosetheweight.com), Laurie believes that the holidays should be a time to celebrate loved ones, great times together and the joy of the season, not a time to tip the scale. Here are her suggestions for 10 simple ways to keep those pounds off, while enjoying the holidays.
1. Develop an entirely new mindset about dessert. Instead of feeling you’re treating yourself by eating calorie-packed desserts, realize that you’re actually treating yourself to a better physique by saying no! Every time you choose healthy food, you stave off those extra pounds. When party-goers encourage you to indulge, envision a trim waistline and say, “No thank you.”
2. Start new traditions. Your earliest holiday memories likely included food, food and more food. Erase those thoughts! Sugar isn’t love. All those calorie-laden “goodies” promote unwanted weight gain. To keep one ounce from creeping on this season, start a new tradition. Instead of heading to the bakery, head to your local craft store. Get a beginner’s holiday craft book. Spend quality time making crafts with your children. Teach your children compassion for others by giving some of their special craft projects to elderly residents at a nursing home. By developing new traditions, your children will learn indulging isn’t the reason for the season.
3. Take time for you. Having a family and career leaves little time for yourself. Set a date with yourself. Take advantage of the knowledgeable makeup artists at your local department store. Get a free makeover. You are under no obligation to buy. However, if you like what you see, buy the makeup. If you haven’t changed your hairstyle since high school, peruse the fashion magazines, it’s probably time for an update! When you look better, you feel better. When you feel better about yourself, it is easier to pass on those calorie-packed foods.
4. Eat something before the party. Arriving ravenous at a party is a recipe for disaster. Don’t even look at the buffet. You know it will feature calorie-packed, seam-splitting foods. Turn your focus to visiting with friends and family. Improve your listening skills. Make a game out of trying to learn everyone’s name and one interesting fact about each guest. Every party is teeming with saboteurs. Learn to ignore them. If you give into saboteurs, do you think they’ll care when you tip the scale in January? No way! They’ll be glad you gained weight as misery loves company.
5. Give yourself the gift of health. Join a health club. Pamper yourself by purchasing sessions with a personal trainer. Heeding the advice of a knowledgeable personal trainer will deliver impressive results. Feel no guilt about spending money on yourself. Resolve that nothing is more important than your health. Having superb health and a fit body is the best gift you could ever receive. Taking care of yourself sets the example for loved ones to follow. What a wonderful legacy to pass on!
6. Dance the night away. The only reason many people overeat at parties is because there isn’t anything else to do! This year, make sure your Christmas party has a dance floor! That way, if you do have a few extra nibbles here and there, you’ll quickly burn those calories off on the dance floor.
7. Picture yourself thin. Every weight loss success story began with a goal. This year, decide that things will be different. Every time temptation strikes, shut your eyes and picture yourself thin. It isn’t the one time you say no that leads to fitness, it is a series of no’s that will lead you to your goal. When January arrives, you’ll feel tremendous.
8. Relax and breathe. This year, refuse to get stressed about anything as stress leads to emotional eating. So, Junior didn’t love his new race track, Suzie’s doll was missing an arm and your mother-in-law gave you a vacuum cleaner; that’s ok. Celebrate the meaning of the season by reflecting on how awesome it is to have a home and loved ones to spend the holiday with.
9. Eliminate the baking. Don’t just think about eliminating the baking, do it! Baked goods are not love. Most baked goods are premeditated fat saddles. This year, get creative with fruit. Make fruit floral arrangements. Give some away as gifts! Eating healthy in moderation prevents weight gain; what a great feeling when January hits!
10. Get focused. Life is quickly passing you by. It doesn’t stop and wait for anyone. List five goals you’d like to accomplish in the next year. Set deadlines. Getting focused on what you want leads to results. Is fitness toward the top of your list? Great! Getting fit requires long-term thinking. Remember that dessert only tastes good for a minute but living in a healthy body feels tremendous all year long.
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Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight:
The Ultimate Guide to Permanent Weight Loss
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