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Fit4Mom's Guide to Staying Fit and Happy This Holiday Season

Good Morning Ladies,

Thanksgiving is only a week away and the winter holidays will be here in a blink. Everyone is busy this time of year, but, as mothers, I feel like we have even more on our plates. Finding the time to workout is harder, and with all the delicious food and drink on offer at family get togethers and holiday parties, it's easy to just give in and decide to recommit to your health in January. Don't fall into that trap!

You've already committed to putting your health first by joining the Fit4Mom community. Stay on the path to wellness by following our tips on how to have a healthier holiday season. This doesn't mean depriving yourself of all your holiday favorites or spending hours at the gym. By making a few healthier choices and taking time for yourself, you can have enjoy this time of year, without adding inches to your waistline.

Try a bite of everything. When confronted with a buffet, feel free to taste everything, but only a taste. This way you can figure out what you like the best.

If it's not a 10, don't indulge. Only indulge in the food you'd label as a favorite. So often, when we're hungry, we end up filling up on bread, crackers, etc. Don't waste your appetite, and all of those calories, on the food you don't love.

Bring your own dish. Wherever you go this holiday season, feel free to bring a healthy and filling dish to share. You'll have a healthier choice, and everyone else will too. Try these great healthy holiday recipes:

Don't come hungry. Before an event, be sure to eat a healthy snack, preferably one filled with protein and healthy fat. The hungrier you are, the more likely you are to stuff yourself silly at the buffet table. Some great snack ideas are: nuts, avocado, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs and smoothies.

Keep the boozing to a minimum. It's hard to keep your healthy eating goals intact when you're tipsy. After that third glass of Cabernet, another piece of pie always seems like a good idea. Cutting yourself off from the bar after two drinks will do wonders for your waistline.

Make your drink a sparkling spritzer. If you enjoy white wine, champagne or a mixed drink, change them up by filling half of your glass with seltzer. Seltzers like La Croix are having kind of a moment right now, and it's easy to see why. They're sugar free and come in a variety of flavors, so you can add a little something to your drink without adding any extra calories.

Mornings are for making time, not excuses. When schedules are crazy, early mornings are the best time to get in workouts. On days you really don't have time for a workout, take 15 minutes and try one of these routines you can use with only your body weight.

Keep moving. There are opportunities to move every day, whether it's walking the dog, dancing with your kids or even cleaning and organizing your house. Outdoor holiday activities like sledding, Christmas caroling and ice skating are a great way to combine family time and exercise. If you don't already have one, consider buying a step counter to track your steps, and try to get at least 10,000/day.

Take 5. Every morning, find a special spot and take five minutes just for you. Practice deep breathing. Stop thinking about your to-do list. Focus on yourself and what you need for a change.

Don't think of a setback as a reason to quit. If you over-indulge at an event, don't use that as an excuse to just give up until January. Every day is a new opportunity to stick to your goals.

Finally, this holiday season, while you're cooking, scrambling to find everyone thoughtful gifts and frantically cleaning your house before guests arrive, don't forget to stop and remember why we do all of this. Read a book to your kids. Hit your brother in the face with a snowball. Enjoy those rare, quiet moments with the ones that you love.

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Happy Holidays to You and Yours,

♥ Erin

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