17 days until Halloween, 6 weeks until Thanksgiving, and 2 1/2 months until Christmas and other winter holidays. What does this all add up to? Extra candy, sweet snacks, indulgent meals and tight belts! Then New Years Day comes and we make a resolution to lose weight this year including the extra holiday weight we just gained in the previous weeks. Have you ever kept your new year's resolution? I don't know anyone who has.
We think all these extra goodies make us feel good. They warm our hearts and make that sweet tooth oh so happy. It's fun to enjoy food with friends and family. But wouldn't it feel even better to start the new year knowing you did your best over the holiday season and that you didn't gain any weight? Or even better, noticing you've lost weight over the holiday season...now that would be amazing! Imagine how good it would feel stepping on the scale on New Year's Day and seeing a 3 pound weight loss. Looking back, do you think you would regret choosing to eat healthy instead of indulging in high calorie meals and sugary goodies if you had actually LOST WEIGHT over the holiday season? I highly doubt it. In fact, I DARE you to take the challenge!
Courtney Stinson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist