With holiday parties coming up, my waist size is also bound to go up. My first holiday party this year is a friends cookie exchange party. Doesn’t sound so bad until you realize my circle of closest friends is 10+ and we are all going to make at least one cookie recipe…yikes!
Here are some tips to avoid the bulge this holiday and also one of my favorite at-home workouts from my days when I used to work out with a personal trainer:
1. Don’t party hungry! Eat at least a light meal before you hit up a holiday party. Most of my party recipes involve lots of yummy and fattening ingredients. This is not what you want to load up on. Eat before you go, and then just have a small tasting of each recipe instead of making it a full meal.
2. One a day limit. Limit yourself to one tasty treat a day. If your office has cookies in the break room, take one and only one.
3. Focus on socializing, not eating, at the party. This is my biggest problem. At a party, you can find me around the food gorging myself. When I am finally stuffed like a turkey, that’s when I do my rounds. This year, I shall try to reverse that order or just make it a point to socialize and eat – not just eat.
4. Watch what you drink. Skip the high-fat egg nog and go for a light beer or glass of wine instead.
5. Work out to burn those extra calories off before they decide to stay on! We moved a few months ago and I still have yet to commit to a gym, so I like to do my favorite at-home workout. This was shown to me by a personal trainer and it can be tailored to be easy, moderate, or crazy hard. It works me out better than any elliptical ever will.
Get a full deck of cards – no cheating! Assign an exercise to eat suit. Numbered cards are that number. Face cards are 11. Aces are 15. Write it down on a piece of paper. Some moderate ones to try are:
diamonds: mountain climbers
Turn the cards over so you can’t see what you are about to pick up. Flip one card over. We’ll say you flipped over Queen of Spades. That’s 11 push- ups. Try to do regular style push-ups as long as you can. If you can’t take it anymore, then drop to your knees and do modified push-ups. Keep flipping the cards over until you have finished the entire deck. This should take you about 30-40 minutes to complete. You will definitely feel it the next day. Next time, switch up the exercises and try to beat your time from the day before.