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*Energetic Fit and Healthy Holiday Survival Guide: Top 4 Ways to Fit and Avoid Weight Gain Through the Holidays!*

The HOLIDAYS are back!! Yay!

Well you May have escaped Thanksgiving unscathed (pounds-wise...) or if you're like most, probably not...but now Christmas is still on it's way and then New Years!

Did you know that the average person gains anywhere from 5-10 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years??

What if that was allowed to continue for a few years in a row???

You don't have to let big holiday dinners and treats sabotage all of your hard work throughout the year.  Believe it or not, it is possible to enjoy all of the fun and excitement of the holiday season without gaining weight and derailing all of your fitness goals.

So how can you strike a balance between enjoying the foods and flavors you love most without succumbing to the temptations that can ruin your efforts to stay energetic, fit and healthy?

Here are the Top 5 Tips to Help you Stay Energetic, Fit and Healthy and Survive the Holidays:

1- Schedule Your Workouts:  Make it a priority!  The holiday and Christmas season, with all of it's hustle and bustle can also be notorious for distracting us from all of our best intentions to workout and stay healthy.  So one of the most important things to do will be to create a simple schedule.  Create reminders on your smart phone to let you know and pop-up when you'll see it and be able to fit it in!

2- Travel Prep:  If you plan to travel and visit family or friends during the Christmas break, be sure to bring your running shoes, resistance bands, workout DVDs or anything you need to be able to keep up with your workouts.  In past years we often travelled to visit my family for a week during our kids' Christmas break so I have all of my favorite workouts saved onto a thumb drive as well as a file on my lap top so I can keep doing them while we are at my mom's house.  (She also has a treadmill that she lets me use ;-) )  Another idea is to go online and find a series of free online workouts that you can do.  I love and PopSugar Fitness :-)

3-  Plan Your Meals and Eat Clean:  Another way to be sure the holiday pounds don't sneak up on you is to plan out your meals and be sure you are eating clean and avoiding junk food. 

4-  Keep a Food Log:  In addition to planning out what you'll eat it's also important to keep track of what you're eating.  At least for a few days.  This is one of the best ways I know of to gain a better (and more honest) understanding of what you're actually eating all day long, how much and when.  It also helps you to be more aware and pay attention...when you know you'll be tracking it, you often think twice about that second serving or dessert you know you don't need! 

Keep those Dreaded Holiday pounds Off!
**Bonus Tips**
  1. Watch out for appetizers!  These can be some of the most unhealthy and fattening choices.  Tiny, yes!  But usually very sneaky, adding extra calories and fat that you may not have expected.
  2. Stay away from (or Limit as much as possible) alcohol.  This can be one of the Biggest diet saboteurs!!  (the average mixed drink can contain 200 calories or more!)
  3. Do Mini Workouts!  Believe it or not, doing 2 or 3 smaller workouts spaced out in the day can be just as (and sometimes even More) effective as one longer one.  So don't worry if your busy schedule throws off your regular routine once in awhile...just be sure to keep active!
  4. Water, Water, Water!  One of the easiest (but still overlooked) secrets to keeping fit is to stay hydrated.  Especially in the drier winter weather, it is very important to keep hydrated to help flush out toxins that could keep you sick!  (Because if you're not feeling well you won't have the energy to focus on working out and eating right the way you should!)
  5. Rest up!  As busy as we all are, sleep is more important than ever!  It will help you feel more equipped to handle your day if you are well rested.  Plus, studies have shown that getting a good night's sleep regularly can help the body to lose weight and prevent weight gain.
Remember, Christmas is the Most Wonderful Time of the year, right!  So with a little extra time to just be aware and plan ahead you can be sure to enjoy all that this amazing season has to offer without worrying about putting on extra pounds and head into the New Year healthier than ever!

**Next, start your 30 day Nutritional Cleansing and Fat Burning System here to ensure that you not only avoid the dreaded 7-10 lbs holiday poundage but even set yourself up for a healthier body and possibly even head into the New Year a size or 2 smaller! ;)

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