Welcome back to my 2011 Shedding Through the Season Guide!
Ready for Week 3?
The week before Christmas = busy, busy, busy, so let’s try extra hard to stay on track this week.
If you missed the first two installments, here they are:
Reminder: Each of these weekly posts will include weekly “condensed but intense” workouts, healthy meal and snack ideas, and three holiday survival tips. The goal of this guide is to help keep you all healthy and happy through the holidays, avoid stress, avoid holiday weight gain, make time for exercise, and boost energy!!
- Protein Pancakes
- Plain Chobani yogurt with a Kashi product of your choice mixed in. Lately I’ve been into the Autumn Wheat and Cinnamon Harvest!
- Whole wheat or multi-grain English muffin with almond butter
- Salad greens with grilled chicken, chick peas, red kidney beans, and some other veggies of your choice + a low cal dressing.
- Sliced avocado and olive oil with a sprinkle of pepper on multi-grain bread, with an apple on the side
- Grilled goat cheese sandwich with fig and honey
- Roasted Pepper-Corn Pasta Salad with a side of garlic spinach
- Grilled Salmon & Zucchini with red pepper sauce, and a side of asparagus
- Chicken & Wild Mushroom Fricassee
- 1 serving of red grapes
- Wasa crackers with low-fat cottage cheese
- A hard-boiled egg!
Condensed But Intense Holiday Blast – Week 3
What You Need: Just yourself!
Time: Approximately 15 minutes
This is a great way to squeeze in a workout that gets your heart rate up and lets you sweat when you don’t have a lot of time. This can also be done in the comfort of your own home to cut travel to and from the gym. Do about 45 seconds through of each move, and if you have time this can be repeated through for a second or third circuit – totaling 15, 30, or 45 minutes depending on your needs.
- Warmup: March in place, march wide, jog in place
- Regular Squats
- Jump Squats
- Side to side jump squats
- Ski Lunge Taps
- Lunge pulses – right leg
- Lunge pulses – left leg
- Jumping Jacks
- Mountain Climbers
- Cooldown: Stretching
This week’s survival tips!
- Still have shopping to do? Head to the mall during very early or very late hours. This way you have a better chance at avoiding your fellow last-minute shoppers in the midst of crowds and can do more in less time.
- Hosting the party? Delegate to your visitors. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring something along. A few extra desserts or side dishes that someone else can bring just means less dishes for you to prepare, as well as less cleanup! Also, delegate to your family, children, spouse, roommates, etc. You cannot possibly do all the cleaning and preparation on your own.
- Be realistic on what to expect. There is no such thing as the perfect family out there, but there IS such thing as being able to have control over your own holiday and yourself. Be realistic and know that someone’s feelings are bound to get hurt, someone is bound to get in an argument, and something messy is bound to spill on your rug. However, if things do get out of control, you can say no and stand your ground. For those with difficult situations and dysfunctional families – and unfortunately the truth of the matter is that there are plenty out there – people don’t change just because it’s Christmas Day. Stay true to your boundaries and be grateful for the things you do have, but know it’s okay to leave if things get out of hand.
Question of the Day: How have you been surviving? Are you finding my Shedding Through the Season Guide helpful?
I love all your recipes and suggestions! Being Italian myself I can appreciate the Mediterranean flair you have :). Just thought I’d reach out and ask if you’ve ever tried Wasa crispbread? I think a lot of your recipes like the sliced avocado, olive oil and pepper would be delicious on rosemary flatbread. I actually recently started working with Wasa so I’ve had a chance to try a lot of their products and have seriously become addicted – my new favorite combination is Wasa with cheese, cherry tomatoes and red onions. We’d love it if you could share some of your tips on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wasa
Hi Julia! Thanks so much for your kind words. I have tried Wasa before (my roommate is a huge fan!) and I really like it. In fact, one of my snack suggestions for this week was Wasa with low fat cottage cheese! I should definitely try the avocado on the flatbread though. And your cheese, tomato, and onion suggestion! Will be in touch with anything new I try. Thanks for reaching out!