With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to live it up and put on those 5 extra pounds… you know, the ones that we put on every year but typically never actually lose. I don’t want this to be the year you risk not doing that, so I have put together some helpful ideas on how to make SURE you manage to add some extra inches to your waistline, maybe even MORE than you were anticipating!
1. Always Show Up Hungry (borderline starving!)
If you are going to a party in the evening, one of the best things you can do is to try and not eat ALL day so that when you get there you are so ravenous you will actually knock people out of the way to get to the little smokies and cheeseball. Once you get to the table where the food is, stand next to it all night so that you are able to mindlessly keep eating without the hassle of having to actually walk back over to it. Remember, calories don’t count if you eat while standing up, or without utensils!
2. Drink Like It’s Your Job
Few things make us want to drink the way family does, or hanging out with your old college friends while everyone is in town, so make that next cocktail a double! Not only is alcohol full of empty calories (especially all the super sweet and syrupy ones that tend to show up around the holidays) but after you’ve gotten a little tipsy you are a lot more likely to start making poor life choices. And by “poor life choices” I am simply referring to the fact that after a few drinks, go ahead and order that large meat-lovers pizza… live it up!
3. Eat ALL The Desserts
You are a grown-ass person and there is certainly NO reason why you shouldn’t be able to eat as many desserts as you feel like, don’t forget that! If someone offers you a piece of pumpkin pie OR pecan pie, you tell them you want BOTH. And don’t stop there… make sure they are generous slices AND that you have them with ice cream! And if you fought the crowds while shopping all day, don’t forget the whipped cream, YOU DESERVE IT!
4. No Exercise
It’s hard enough to get to the gym during the rest of the year when things aren’t as hectic as they can be around the holidays. Don’t even THINK about trying to fit in a trip to the gym or a quick run. Even though regular exercise has been shown to elevate moods and make us feel better, now is NOT the time for that!
5. Forget About It
It’s important to remember that during this time of the year, you have absolutely ZERO control in anything that is happening to you. Your friends and loved ones will be shoving food and drinks down your throat and it is considered extremely rude to be concerned with how YOU feel and and tell someone, “No thanks, I’m full” or “I couldn’t POSSIBLY have another cranberry margarita after the 6 I just had!” Now is the time to forget about any self-control. After the first of the year, you will have plenty of time to sweat it out on the elliptical machine with all the other people who have the same goal… to “lose a couple pounds and tone up a little” (Instead of finding the REAL reasons you want to be in better shape.)
Remember, there is ALWAYS a reason to overeat, have too much to drink and skip your workouts if you are creative enough! The good news is, coming up with good justifications for overindulging won’t make a dent in the extra calories you’ll be taking in, so you won’t risk not gaining all the weight you are hoping to before the end of the year! Do you have other tips that YOU like? Please share them below, or on my FaceBook page!