For the past couple of weeks, there have been several summit meetings with my clients as we try to come up with strategies to keep the calories under control over the holidays. They had a lot of great ideas, including:
- Healthy recipes - This strategy involves bringing healthy dishes to Thanksgiving feasts, an idea that, in some families, might get one banned from Thanksgiving dinner forever. However, there are healthy recipes out there that don't taste too healthy...like these low fat mashed sweet potatoes. Yum.
- Early exercise - Another client, who already has to be up early on Thanksgiving to help his wife prepare, decided an early morning workout was the best strategy for him. His plan: To combine this 10-Minute Body Weight Circuit with this 10-Minute Home Circuit for a short, but intense 20 minute workout. This strategy works for him because he doesn't mind early morning exercise. If you can't fathom doing such a thing, try the next strategy.
- Before and After - One client knew there was no way she was exercising on the Big Day, nor did she have any plans to curtail her calories. Her strategy? Workout a little longer the day before, take a few extra walks on the day after and let the chips fall where they may.