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The holiday season is definitely in full force at my house. The tree is decorated, the lights carefully line the rooftop, stockings are lovingly hung on the mantle, and the baking has already begun. As magical as this time might be, it can also be a stressful time.
I like to think back to my childhood to remember the joy of the season as seen through a child’s eyes. This helps me to stay sane during a crazy time. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years for how to stay healthy and sane through the holidays:
- K.I.S.S – While kissing your loved one can help make your holidays bright, I’m referring to the saying I hear a lot – Keep It Simple Silly (I know I’ve heard a different ‘S’ word used here, but I don’t like that one). This can apply to everything from the decorations to the gifts to the food you prepare and/ or eat. Keep it simple. You don’t have to compete with your neighbors for the most decorated yard or prepare a lavish spread for every holiday gathering you host.
- Family focus – I don’t remember every present I’ve ever unwrapped from birth to now, but I do recall the memories of my childhood. Time spent with family. Those are the things that your children will remember (and so will you). So whether you build gingerbread houses (like my friend Rachel) or take walks throughout the neighborhood to admire the christmas lights, do it as a family. Added benefit – If you are wearing Earth Footwear, an evening stroll can also work off some of the holiday treats you’ve enjoyed
- While we are on the subject of treats, Be Reasonable – You will be faced with an extrodinary about of temptations with cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, candy, brittle, brownies, truffles… (I could go on but I think I just gained 5 lbs thinking of those confectionary concoctions) Deprevation isn’t the answer – at least not if you are like me. I don’t know about you, but when I deprive myself, I’m more tempted to eat everything in site. If you want a cookie (or other treat) really think about it. Do you really want it or are you mindless eating? Have healthy snacks readily available, but if you really want something you are faced with – have 1 cookie – not the whole plate. Have a few bites of cake/pie instead of a large piece. Have a plan ready to deal with the situation and be gentle with yourself.
- Fitness – Fitness can be anything that gets you moving. Schedule some time at least a few days a week when you dedicate a few minutes to being active – with or without the family. Why is this important? I have to quote one of my favorite movie lines for this –
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” ~ Legally Blond
I used to think I didn’t have the time or energy to exercise – Now I don’t know how to function without it. I have more energy, get a better night’s sleep, and am an all around happier person because I schedule fitness into my day. I honestly don’t know how my family survived before.
- And finally, Take some YOU time – This is the hardest for me because I work so hard to ensure that everyone has the happiest of holidays, that I sometimes forget what my family really needs is a happy mommy. Take a time out – Hey – it works for the kids! Remember to breath – deeply and fully. Meditate, pray, do yoga – whatever relaxation method works for you. And don’t lose site of what’s really important this holiday season.
So those are my top 5 – Now it is your turn. What do you do to stay healthy and sane during the holiday seasons? I’d love to know!
I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Earth Footwear “All’s Well That Ends Well” blogging program, making me eligible to win a pair of Earth Footwear boots. For more information on how you can participate, click here.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂 For those of you not affiliated with Mamavation, I may have seemed MIA lately but I assure you I’ve just been SUPER busy finishing up the Mamavation campaign. You can see weekly blog posts and videos here.
As for this week – I’d LOVE to report a loss this week.
but…. I think I did too much celebrating Friday and Saturday to be able to do that. that’s the only explanation I have for this:
No change… except that I did FINALLY get around to redoing my pedicure 🙂
I am still very cautious about portion sizes, but we went out to dinner with my parents to celebrate my oldest’s ALMOST birthday. He turns 11 on Wednesday and we decided to do dinner, presents and cake Friday instead. He got some special paints he needed for the model helicopter he’s building with my dad, so this way they could work on it this weekend. It’s really heartwarming to see him and dad working together 🙂
Then, Saturday took a CRAZY long walk – just over 9 miles – and I’m SURE there was some elevation changes there too – in my fantastic Earth footwear so every step was like walking UPHILL! it was fantastic! All told, I had over 25,000 steps according to my Omron Go Smart pedometer. I was soooooooo tired that I ended up doing something I haven’t done in months… I ordered pizza.
I was so tired I went to my local Papa Murphys and bought a pizza to pop in the oven for the boys and I. Hubs was over at his moms… We ate the pizza and it was good… but not as good as I remembered it being.
I know that the 1 slice of pizza I ate didn’t negate all of my hard work this past week, so I’m sure it’s water retention. I’m thinking my sodium these last few days was too high.
The good news is that I didn’t feel good all day today. Not sick, but just lacking serious energy. I NEVER feel this way when I eat whole, real food, so it’s good that I remembered how sluggish I feel when filling my body with junk and I’m back on the wagon full force to keep eating healthy!
This coming week I’m also going to experiment with some new fitness ‘routines.’ I’ve got my new EAS Active2 to set up (was supposed to do that today… guess what DIDN’T happen. Plus I’ve got Yoga Booty Ballet I want to check out and a couple other Dance based workouts. If you haven’t figured it out yet, i LOVE to dance. Seriously. LOVE IT! (I feel I should clarify that loving it doesn’t mean I’m great at it!)
So here are my goals for this week:
- – continue to drink a min of 96 oz of water a day
- – Get a green on my Gruve at least 6/7 days
- – continue my pedometer goal of 12,000 steps a day
- – cardio 3 days this week
- – Strength Training 2 days this week
I know that if I keep doing what I know I need to do, the weight will follow! What goals do you have?
Can’t wait to see everyone on Mamavation TV Monday – 9pm CST- Sponsored by Christine Rusticcia and we always have a fun time. 🙂 If you are curious about Mamavation, I suggest you pop in!
This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Earth Footwear. I love my shoes and am hoping that I can be good enough that next year Santa will bring me ANOTHER pair of boots! (this year is shot, but I’m working on next)
Congrats to this week’s SOTW – Megan (@mnmspecial)! So deserving!!!
Can’t wait to hear how everyone’s week went!