Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Fat, No "Weigh" --- Take That!

It's that time of year where people are stressed out! People are running around to get the perfect gifts, getting the house ready for family, preparing for that relative that they really don't want to see. Isn't it supposed to be a joyous time of the year? "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" (I am singing that song right now!) Yes, it is as long as you know how to stay calm, relax and tap into the true meaning of this time of year.

However, I hear it from everyone --- "I'm stressed"! And on top of that, many of my female friends worry about gaining weight during this season as well. (why is it that the men I speak to don't give a rip!) Many of my female friends all go on diets in the New Year and decide to join a gym. (Of course, we know that doesn't last too long!)

Stress + Holiday Parties + Abundance of Food = Potential Weight Gain & disaster for the Waist Line!

So, how do you avoid that Holiday Fat that creeps up on you during this time of the year?

Here are a few simple suggestions:

1) Don't weigh yourself (hence, the no 'weigh' / no way pun in the subject line!): You see, you expect to gain weight during this Holiday Season. That's what you tell your brain. That's what your body hears. And when you weigh yourself, you are looking for weight gain --- you are definitely not looking for weight loss, are you? When you look for something and put a lot of focus on it, you will most likely find it -- whether it is something you want or not. If you focus on it, you will get it. Forget the scale. Trust yourself.

2) Here's a simple thing I do -- eat something small & nutritious before you go out to Holiday parties. I tend to grab a handful of almonds (salt-free & whole Natural)-- which definitely takes the edge off my hunger! This is a practical tip that works! If you go to a Holiday party famished --- guess what's going to happen? Take the edge of that hunger before you leave the house.

3) DECIDE.... yes, this tip sounds very simple -- but it works. If you truly decide to maintain your current weight during this Holiday Season and stay fit -- you will. Now, here's the key --- you REALLY have to decide -- which means, there are no other options; you will not be thrown off your game. It's a "Hell, Yes! This is happening!" kind of decision. Nothing will stop you from achieving this goal. Let me give you an example. I decided back in the spring that I wanted to walk at least 5-7 times per week down by the river, even during the winter. Today was a 30 degree wind chill and wet! But, as my partner reminded me, I had made a decision to walk at least 5-7 times per week in order to stay fit. So, I put on my winter layers and went walking! It's a decision where there is no turning back... no excuses. A "Just Do It" attitude!

4) I have a new Coaching Package called the Speed Coaching Package:
It's for people who want that on-the-spot coaching, when they need it most. Quick, laser-like and effective -- a reset of the MindSet, if you will. And I am offering it at 50% off my regular coaching fees! Take advantage of this package for the Holiday Season where you get Three 20-minute coaching sessions to use however you want with me (reduce the stress you are feeling, maintain a "fit body" mindset, stay calm, cool and collected, even when dealing with difficult relatives, etc.) -- Sometimes you just need that extra support to keep you on track and centered -- well, that's exactly what my Speed Coaching Package is there for! It's afforable, it's quick and it works!

Let me be your secret weapon during this Holiday Season! Visit and find out more about this package and sign up today! (Also, consider purchasing my Speed Coaching Package as a unique Wellness gift for family and friends during this Holiday Season. They could probably use that "on-the-spot" coaching to keep them on track as well!

And remember ... just say "Holiday Fat - No weigh -- Take That!" DECIDE!

Maria C. Lesetz, CEO of Lovin' Life
Health Coach & Motivational Speaker


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