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Save Your Waistline

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We are only one week into December and I have already eaten way too much. We have been invited to so many wonderful parties and open houses and practicing self-control is hard. I know most people have this struggle every year. Did you know the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crazy right? My Dad, who barely gained an ounce, ever, would drink eggnog every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. He would gain 10 pounds. December 26th he stopped and within a week he lost his 10 pounds. This really ticked off the girls in the house. It was just not fair.

My guess it that most people are not like my Dad and do not lose their holiday weight that fast. Here are a few tips to help you stay in control at all of your Christmas gatherings.

Save Your waist-2

  • Do not go hungry. I will have a bowl of miso soup before I go. It helps take away hunger but does not fill me up so much that I can’t have a few treats. This is the miso that I love Miso-Cup Japanese Restaurant Style, 2.9-Ounce Pouch(Pack of 6) It is one of the few that I can find that is both gluten-free and vegan.
  • Drink Water. Before you drink a high calorie beverage drink a glass of water. Then between each drink have another glass of water. You can save so many calories by not having as many alcoholic or high sugar beverages. You can also opt for coffee. It gives you something to hold and it can take longer to drink.
  • Stay away from the food table. So often the conversations linger around the food table. While having conversation you can pick up hundreds of calories while not even realizing it. Get what you want and then walk into another room and have your conversations there.
  • Fruit First. Before you have yourself a cookie, cheese or other treat, fill your plate with fruits and veggies. Watch out for high calorie dips. Eat those and then if you are truly hungry go back for that special treat.
  • Don’t deny yourself. I find that when I do not allow myself to have anything I end up eating more and feeling awful later. I feel much better when I know I stayed in control and still had a good time.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them. Post them in the comment section below. 

If you are interested January 4th I will be starting a new accountability to group to start out the new year out right. I will have more details coming soon. If you want to see more on my accountability groups click here. If you think you are interested in joining post in the comments below.

~Jen


Failure Is Not An Option

By | Encouragement, Weight Loss | 13 Comments

This is a post I truly feel I need to write but I do not want to in the least. To write this it means I have to admit I failed. It has been on my heart to write this because I know I am not the only one who struggles with this and hopefully my struggle will help you with yours. I often find blogging fun, but there are times when I feel I am supposed to write something and it means being vulnerable it gets awfully scary. So here we go.

I joined BeachBody in the spring of 2012. I was very excited about the opportunity to help not only myself but others. I thrive on encouraging others and seeing them reach their goals. In beginning this journey I joined up with friends and we did P90X and we did great. I lost 20 pounds and felt amazing. Watch this…

So the easiest way for me to to describe the past year was that it sucked. There was death, diagnoses, loss, rejection and more that I never want to experience again. Unfortunately in that I began to struggle with depression again. In this time I discovered a lot about myself and one that I was an emotional eater. I was silly to not think of that before but it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had worked so hard to lose weight and I was 3 pounds from my goal. When the first blow came my first thought went to food and I remember thinking how strange that was but in some crazy way it brought comfort.

So now I am admitting I have gained all of those 20 pounds back. I have really struggled because I am trying to help others and in so failing to help myself. I have come to the fork in the road. I can continue on the route that I do not like or I can take the harder route and do what I did before and overcome this once and for all.

I am pretty sure I am not alone in this so I want to start a group that really focuses on emotional eating and trying to figure out what are those triggers that make us want to eat so we can break them. I know I cannot do this alone. I need you and the strength of my Lord and Savior. So there will also be a faith aspect to this where we truly can break the chains of bondage.

If you want to join me on this journey I would absolutely love it. Just email me and we can begin this journey. Our group will begin September 1. The group is private and you will be there with others that have the same struggles. The kids will be back in school. It will be a time of no more excuses.

Are you in?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

~Philippians 4:13

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