It was just about this time a year ago when I had reached my peak weight.
I was sad, hating my body and had about as much energy as a slug. Ten years of emotional eating had taken a toll on my body (and my mind). It was then that I said, “enough is enough” and I got out of my chair and up on my feet. I started walking every day. I was counting calories, drinking water and slowly I started to see my clothes getting baggy on me. Several months later I had walked 30 pounds of fat off my body and for the first time in a very long time I was loving my body. It took me some time to learn to change my diet and physical activity, which made my weight loss journey a success for quite some time. One thing I lacked was a motivational support group which is why I spent the last two months packing all that weight back on. It was the missing key to success.
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Fortunately, I’ve found a new system that offers up that missing component of my weight loss plan. LetsFightHolidayFat.com combines three core elements for the weight conscious during the holidays: diet, physical activity and motivation in an easy-to-use interface. It helps track goals and prepare for long-term success with features including:
- Follow-along fitness videos; from cross training to yoga / pilates
- Healthy (reduced calorie, low-fat) daily meal suggestions and recipes
- Custom calorie and activity tracking
- Community and social features and forums
- Smart phone accessibility
- Expert tips and tricks
Fight Holiday Fat: Samantha Harris’s Tips for Surviving the Season
- Make healthy low-fat food choices. Swap out the high fat ingredients in your favorite holiday recipe for healthier options.
- Snack Often. Have healthy snacks at hand to help keep you from reaching for holiday goodies. Apples, low-fat string cheese and baby carrots are low-fat and easy to pack! Have a sweet tooth? Try a small peppermint candy (fat-free!) to satisfy your temptation.
- Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Finding small ways to fit in physical activity can help maintain your weight and energy throughout the season. Going holiday shopping? Park the car in the farthest spot from the store entrance. Cooking? Work your legs with squats while waiting for the water to boil.
- Plan Ahead. Going to a holiday party? Eat a low-fat snack at home to help you stay on track and avoid over-indulging in unhealthy choices.
- Keep Stress Levels Low. Eating healthy and being physically active can play a big part in keeping holiday stress at bay. Keeping stress levels low also may help prevent weight gain. Try to find a time in a busy day to take a few minutes for exercise, deep breathing, or eat a healthy, low-fat snack.
This holiday season I plan to make some healthy changes to my diet so I don’t start the new year off heavier on the scale than I need to be. For starters, we’re giving up those buttery, carb-filled mashed potatoes for a lighter and healthier cauliflower mash. While I still sample a few delicious holiday cookies, our main dessert will be a sugar-free, fruit filled JELLO. And of course, I’m getting signed up at LetsFightHolidayFat.com to get some like-minded and motivational friends in my corner. I hope you’ll join me.
I’d love to hear about your healthy goals for the new year!
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