Holiday Tips: Keeping Your Routine...Routine

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-23 07:42:32 -0600
Started 2011-12-09 09:15:17 -0600

The holidays are filled with parties, shopping and all kinds of eating. It is easy to let things get out of hand and spiral into out of control numbers and stress. So here are some ideas to help you keep on track and keep your control.

Shop with a list and stick to it. That is one of the hardest things for me to do, whether I am doing it for gifts or for groceries. Over spending can lead to stress later that you don't need. People will be happy with what you offer when it comes from the heart, no matter the size. So give with your heart and you can stick to your budget.

Party for the fun of it. Really. Have fun at the parties. That doesn't mean you have to eat everything or even anything. It means you hang out with your friends, sing some great carols, laugh among conversations that warm our hearts. If you eat a balanced meal before you go, you will be less tempted to fill up on goodies that are around.

Avoid the food tables. You can take your plate, fill it with smart choices and a treat or two. Then leave the table. Don't graze unless there is a veggie tray near by. It is those unaccounted for nibbles that always seem to get us. Be aware of what you are putting in your mouth so you know what to expect later.

Go to bed at the same time and wake up on time. Keeping a good sleeping schedule will help you a lot during the holidays. Leave the parties early enough to keep your bed time regular. Don't drink to where you cannot get up the next day. Your body will thank you for keeping on time.

Running through the mall for that special deal does not qualify as exercise. LOL. You may have to rearrange your workout times, but keep them active during the holidays. It is easy to push it aside, but it is your best friend for dealing with glucose and stress.

What are some of your tips for keeping your sanity for the holidays?

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