My Tricks to Surviving the Holidays

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

One of my favorite benefits of having attended all those weight management meetings was all the tips I would get from my fellow weight watchers. While the team leader had lots of sensible and technical advice on weight loss, it was these everyday weight-loss warriors that really knew how to navigate temptation.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, here are some calorie and sanity saving tips!

Halloween: When you go off to purchase the candy for Halloween buy candy you don’t like. This will keep you from dipping into it and running out before your first costumed guests approach your door.

Thanksgiving: This holiday is perhaps the one best known as the “food Olympics.” I know families that will eat their entire meal, fall into a food coma, then snap out of it and return for more. Before you enjoy your first bite, develop a strategy that will keep you from zombie-eating through this holiday. After dinner encourage your family to take a walk around the neighborhood. If the weather is not cooperating, try playing a game of charades or plug in the Wii. Take the focus off the food and put it into having some fun.

December holiday extravaganza: The season of gluttony comes to an end in December, leaving us filled with dread for the coming year. Break the cycle by carefully planning a strategy on how you will navigate your food intake and social commitments. My friend Daniel shared how he actually lost weight one year because he scheduled himself for races every weekend starting at the end of November and ending at the end of January. The races were simple 5ks that he would finish in about 30 minutes, but having to train for them during the week kept him physically and mentally fit. He also enjoyed the fact that in the season of consumption, he was actually running to benefit several charities finishing off his health trifecta of mind, body and soul!

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