With 2012 drawing to a close, it’s that time of year when we’re trying to go in two different directions at once. On one hand we want to lose weight and look fab in our Christmas party dresses, while on the other hand we want to indulge and enjoy the parties, festivities and delicious once-a-year mince pies.
Firstly, enjoy yourself! Spend time with family and friends, accept all invitations and savour those special Christmas delights, washed down with a glass or two of bubbles! (All drinking in moderation of course) After all, there’s a whole year ahead to make the most of your physique…
If you’ve been unlucky enough to have been struck down with one of the many stomach bugs or cold and flu viruses going around then boosting your immune system is a priority. In between all those Christmas meals and sweet treats, ensure you’re eating these foods and drinks to boost vitality:
- Eat two to three portions of fruit every day
- Eat at least three portions of vegetables every day
- Drink at least one litre of fresh water (ideally two litres)
- Drink green tea to boost your metabolism
- Cut down on milk and sugar in tea and coffee
- Add a few drops of echinacea to your drinks 2-3 times a day
- Take a 2 week course of milk thistle capsules which help to cleanse the liver
- Take a 1 month course of probiotics (e.g. lactobacillus acidophilus) to repopulate the intestines with friendly bacteria (DO NOT take DURING a course of antibiotics, save them for afterwards)
- Surround yourself with positive people. If you see your friends working hard to achieve their goals (any type of goal, not just weight orientated goals) then you’ll most likely be inspired by them.
- Set yourself realistic goals. Losing 1-2lbs of fat a week is achievable, and more easily sustained over a longer period if you have a stone or more to lose.
- Be thankful for what you have. Ok, so you may not be blessed with supermodel genetics (my ex-husband is still trying to find one of those!) and may not have a supportive family, much money or a full head of hair but you DO have lots to be proud of. Write a list of what others might say are your best features, both physical and emotional. If you find this too hard to do, then actually ask a few close friends or family members what they really do think.
- Set a realistic exercise plan. It’s better to start with a daily 15 minute walk from your house than aiming to hit the gym 5 times a week at 6am! Look at your diary, your children’s activities and your husband’s work schedule and see where you can fit in some good quality exercise. In the new year I’ll post some home and gym-based workouts, but in the meantime, something as simple as 20 squats, 20 abdominal crunches and 20 three-quarter push ups done every day will have a toning effect and help you lose those inches. I had a client a few years back who added in squats at the bathroom sink every time she cleaned her teeth (twice a day) and another client who started doing some exercises in the play park while her toddler ran around.