A merry & bright Christmas wish from my family to yours <3
I hope you had a beautiful December with great company, good food and heart warming blessings all around. As the end of the year approaches, we have one final celebration. With full bellies and (hopefully) even fuller hearts, it’s time to squeeze into our LBDs and celebrate the end of 2015.
If you’re feeling a little fuller than usual from that extra glass of egg nog or that plate of cookies your neighbor dropped off, don’t worry. You still have a solid 2 1/2 days to de-puff and get the zipper up with ease on your cocktail dress.
Here are your top tips for making the most of the week between Christmas and New Years:
- Skip the grains. I’m not anti-grain all the time, but grains are not nutritionally dense like they were in days of yore. By the time they’ve made it to edible status, they are empty calories that can puff you up and leave your middle a little doughy.
- Avoid Sugar. No sugar aside from that naturally found in whole foods. This includes the fake stuff. You’ll have better skin tone if you eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners over the next few days.
- Increase water intake. I know, a salute to Captain Obvious. We all know we need to be sipping on clean water all day long, but over the next few days, make it a special priority to drink water and only water. If you want to add a few cups of unsweetened tea into the mix, that’s great, but nothing else!
- Protein for breakfast. Having a breakfast with 20-30 grams of protein is a great way to start your day. A spinach and egg omelet or turkey sausage with bell peppers are 2 simple options.
- Change your workout. If your primary focus is getting as svelte as possible for that perfect NYE outfit, then forget about heavy lifting over the next few days. Instead focus on “fine tuning”. Doing small, tight movements followed by lengthening exercises will allow all of your smaller muscle groups to pull things in and up. Additionally, you don’t want your larger muscles sore and swollen while you’re trying to dance the night away. No clue what I’m talking about? Just do this Countdown Workout 1-3 times per day until the year ends :):
Still have no idea what I’m talking about? Watch the video below for a demonstration of each exercise listed in the countdown: