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Monday, November 15, 2010

Keeping fit during Appetizer Season

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The holidays are almost here.

Yes, I'm serious.

I also call it "Appetizer Season", for, from the day Halloween dawns until the end of the Super Bowl, it's all miniature sausages, all the time.

Food on a toothpick combined with a busy social schedule and daylight getting shorter can really wreak havoc on healthy eating and exercise.

Magazines are full of advice how to maintain healthy living during the season, but the fact is, it can be really hard. For me, my couch and a blanket always sound a little (OK, a LOT) better than hitting the dark and cold streets for a walk.

When the days get shorter, I try to get some more activity in while I'm at work, since my brain always thinks it's time for bed when it gets dark, and I'm not likely to leave the house or go back out for exercise.

If the weather is nice, I get outside and walk. If I can't do that, then I hit the hallways and stairs at work during lunch.

As far as parties go, I'm afraid there's not any revolutionary advice other than to eat before you go, try to make good food and drink selections at the party, and visit with friends away from the food table.

Oh, yes, I do know that's easier said than done, and I really struggle with the "don't go to a party hungry" concept, because I LOVE party food.

I think the key to keeping fit during the holidays is to create or stay with a routine, even when the weather and your schedule changes, plan ahead.

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  • I am fortunate enough to live in Florida where it never snows. Ok, so I have lived here my whole life and we have had it "Snow" 3 times in my 36 years of life. :) I love to walk and I love this time of year because it is not so humid and you can breathe. :) What is funny is most Floridians weigh less after the cooler holidays than during the summer months when we tend to hibernate. LOL

    By Blogger Renee, At 11:57 AM, November 15, 2010  

  • This Thanksgiving I’m planning on keeping a food diary and making sure I don’t go over on calories. I will make sure to stay active over the holidays to burn off the calories.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Mami2jcn, At 1:24 PM, November 15, 2010  

  • Well, there was the time I dumped a whole pumpkin pie on the floor while talking on the phone. I won't do that again. But it did stop me from eating a whole pie!

    tooterpies at hotmail.com

    By Anonymous Krissy M, At 1:24 PM, November 18, 2010  

  • I'm pretty sure that fighting the guilt my mother lays on me all holiday season long burns the calories I eat compensating for said guilt. So it's a wash!!

    kimbone at bellsouth.net

    By Anonymous Kim, At 11:31 AM, November 19, 2010  

  • I don't really stay fit...but I've found that traveling to spend holidays with the family helps because we don't have any left overs in the house. Also? I don't like to bake very much so I only do it when I am going somewhere so that I can take the yummies with me - if they aren't here, I can't shove them in my pie hole.

    By Blogger Michelle Smiles, At 12:23 PM, November 19, 2010  

  • I keep doing my exercise routine during the holiday season, I don't do a lot of baking. When I visit people I try to eat more proteins, fruits and vegetables and just take sample of the goodies so I won't feel deprived. My weekness if eggnog whick is very high in fat and calories so I have to watch myself around that.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

    By Blogger susan1215, At 9:06 AM, November 20, 2010  

  • I really don't worry a whole lot about eating on the holidays cause I love veggies and water.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger gmissycat, At 1:52 PM, November 21, 2010  

  • I am trying to walk away the pounds and Laughing Cow Cheese.

    By Blogger marybug2, At 2:00 PM, November 21, 2010  

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    By Blogger marybug2, At 2:04 PM, November 21, 2010  

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    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger gmissycat, At 2:14 PM, November 21, 2010  


    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 4:27 PM, November 21, 2010  

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    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 4:27 PM, November 21, 2010  

  • Don't deprive yourself...but exercise a little bit more, and drink lots more water.

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.


    By Blogger Libby's Library, At 5:05 PM, November 21, 2010  

  • As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I make sure to waddle in to a weekly meeting to weigh in. I may not always like the news, but it forces me to be accountable. Those cookies for Santa aren't nearly as tempting when I know I have to lumber onto a scale in a few days.

    By Blogger nape, At 9:11 PM, November 21, 2010  

  • Tweeted you!

    By Blogger nape, At 9:13 PM, November 21, 2010  

  • I try to not deprive myself of anything, otherwise I will eventually cave and really overdue it!

    By Blogger Kerry, At 8:24 PM, November 22, 2010  

  • tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/6895828924895232

    By Blogger Kerry, At 8:24 PM, November 22, 2010  

  • I'll enjoy the holidays. And beef up the exercise later. And all that shopping is a form of exercise, right?
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Cathy W, At 1:24 AM, November 23, 2010  

  • Tweeted: http://twitter.com/cjwallace43/status/6971676185067520

    By Blogger Cathy W, At 1:26 AM, November 23, 2010  

  • I try not to avoid temptation but just don't over indulge I have a cut off time no meals after 8 pm and limit desserts
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Tabathia, At 12:21 AM, November 24, 2010  

  • tweet
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    By Blogger Tabathia, At 12:22 AM, November 24, 2010  

  • I am starting a Fit Club to have all my friends join in with me!

    By Blogger The Simple Jocabell Life, At 11:32 AM, November 27, 2010  

  • I eat everything I want to try. But later I have to excercise a lot.This Thansgiving was the worse in my life... I overate! Terrible feelings!
    natatheangel at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Natalia, At 9:13 PM, November 30, 2010  

  • I try to balance the in home days with being "good" and then give my permission to eat what I want when I'm out.

    And then when I eat what I want, it's in moderation. I think that's all I need....a little bit of everything ;)

    By Blogger won, At 2:18 PM, December 01, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/10065522276171776

    Happy Holidays.

    By Blogger won, At 2:20 PM, December 01, 2010  

  • Easy to follow, genuine advice, Sleep, regular healthy eating, hydrate, and exercise. Those are the main keys to a healthy life.

    By Blogger sodahoney, At 2:25 PM, December 01, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/10066918601916416

    By Blogger sodahoney, At 2:25 PM, December 01, 2010  

  • I wish I knew how to stay fit during the holidays. It's all eating all the time. Not much exercise, either. When you find the magic formula would you let me know?

    By Blogger Headless Mom, At 9:30 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • I'm pregnant, so I get a pass this year. :) Last year I managed to LOSE weight during the holidays, though, by tracking my calorie consumption at Livestrong.com. I lost 50 pounds between November and April (when I got pregnant). After the baby comes and our breastfeeding is well established, I plan to get back on the wagon and lose the other 50 (plus the baby weight).

    By Blogger Amy, At 9:31 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • Oh. Are we supposed to be doing something to "stay fit" during "Appetizer Season?" Hmm.... Seriously though, I just keep on keepin' on. So far, just so long as there aren't huge set backs, I've called that a victory. Eventually, age will catch up and I'll have to at least consider something different...

    By Blogger KiniWoman, At 9:35 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • Honestly, it's really not the food but the wine that gets me every time. So, like with food, I really try and pace myself, limiting myself to sipping on a "full" glass or filling it only halfway, twice ;) Thanks for the chance!

    By Blogger Liz@thisfullhouse, At 9:37 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • I pretend that everything has four calories.

    By Blogger Newscoma, At 9:37 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • Does shopping count? I work up a mean sweat racing through the shops during the holidays. I must have burned a 1000 calories on Black Friday alone. Just sayin'!

    By Blogger Kristin, At 9:39 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • I tweeted at @BonBonRoseGirls! http://twitter.com/#!/BonBonRoseGirls

    By Blogger Kristin, At 9:46 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • Tweet, tweet:


    By Blogger Liz@thisfullhouse, At 9:49 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/HeadlessMom/status/10359948626100224

    By Blogger Headless Mom, At 9:51 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • So far, I've been avoiding my favorite holiday treat, eggnog, by letting the kids drink it all before I get home.

    I get my exercise by going to the store to buy more eggnog.

    By Blogger Bri, At 10:35 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • I'm a vegetarian, so I just assume everything has meat or broth it in. That's how I keep from grazing. Sadly, that doesn't work at the dessert table.

    By Blogger Lesley, At 11:34 AM, December 02, 2010  

  • I let myself have the stuff when others offer it to me, or at a party, but I don't buy it myself (except Candy Cane Jo-Jo's) so it's not in the house. I figure if I make sure I eat healthy at home, I can splurge a bit when I'm out.

    By Blogger Lunasea, At 12:07 PM, December 02, 2010  

  • I stay in shape by lifting! I left the appetizer to my mouth! I lift the drink to my lips! I lift my head from the pillow to do it again the next day! : ) Happy Holidays!

    By Anonymous Leslie, At 9:53 PM, December 02, 2010  

  • I just make sure to keep up with my daily routine--no skipping out on my exercitse!

    By Blogger Just Margaret, At 4:59 AM, December 03, 2010  

  • I have started taking my gym clothes to work and changing before I leave for the gym--it helps motivate me to go directly to my workout instead of stopping at home where I can be easily distracted and blow off my exercise.

    By Blogger fostertam, At 8:09 AM, December 04, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/#!/fostertam/status/11059662120026112

    By Blogger fostertam, At 8:10 AM, December 04, 2010  

  • My strategy for handling the holidays works pretty well for me. I know the days that there will be parties and family get togethers. I allow myself to indulge on those days, but on the remaining days, I am very strict with my intake....steering completely clear of sugar and most carbs.

    By Blogger Deb, At 9:53 PM, December 04, 2010  

  • My strategy is to stay healthy all year round and indulge around the holiday season. I like to work out and I tend to eat clean year round, so when the holidays roll around I don't feel bad about sampling the goody tray.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 4:15 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/11543985059266561

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 4:15 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • We usually host Christmas at our house each year. I always like packing up the leftovers for others to take home :) Keeps me from eating all of them, therefore keeping me fit! lol

    carrie at carriewithchildren dot com

    By Blogger Carrie with Children, At 9:08 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • Militant calorie counting is the only way I keep on track - well as close to the track as I can. Otherwise, when I bake, I make sure to eat one goody & give away the rest!

    By Anonymous Melanie C., At 9:09 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • So desperate to not gain, one year I kept track of each step I took. I had read some where that a certain number of steps equaled a certain number of calories! {IT gets funnier. I was too cheap to buy a device to help me. I counted and kept track by the 110's on paper}.

    Now I have children. I'm impressed if I can get us all dressed!

    By Blogger Megan, At 9:09 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • Here's my tweet!


    carrie at carriewithchildren dot com

    By Blogger Carrie with Children, At 9:10 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • Well yesterday I was so excited to spend the day with my niece,I got her all ready for church and then I felt something warm on my leg. I forgot the diaper and she peed on me

    shopgurl101 @gmail .com

    By Blogger Eve, At 9:16 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • tweet http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/11620074720862208

    shopgurl101 @gmail .com

    By Blogger Eve, At 9:17 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • How do I try to stay in shape over the holidays? At the age of 50, I don't. And I plan to start smoking again when I turn 60. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:18 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • I always (ALWAYS) take a break between the meal and dessert. I'm not going to pass on dessert, but I do manage to spend about 45 minutes to an hour in between the two to take a walk or some other form of exercise. It gets in some cardio and makes me decide if I am REALLY hungry for that piece of pie!

    By Blogger Judy, At 9:30 PM, December 05, 2010  

  • I use the wii to dance with and stay fit and I'm not a big sweets eater so that's not really a problem. I just eat small portions of things I like so it works out pretty well.

    Use an exercise that you love which will make it easier to stick with.

    By Blogger jillyrh, At 12:16 AM, December 06, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/11665502128578560


    I'm on PST so it's still December 5! :D

    By Blogger jillyrh, At 12:18 AM, December 06, 2010  

  • This my sound silly but I always use the time that I brush my teeth and get ready for bed for some quick exercising.
    april dot vrugtman at g mail dot com

    By Blogger April, At 5:20 AM, December 06, 2010  

  • I once blew up a roast. Holiday dinner, I was a young teen and mom worked so left instructions to put the roast 'on the stove' I did exactly as ordered and put it on the burner on top of the stove and later after mom was home and before the in laws came - the roast in its Pyrex dish literally exploded.
    april dot vrugtman at g mail dot com

    By Blogger April, At 5:23 AM, December 06, 2010  

  • Unfortunately i have to resort to the treadmill which faces a wall. Please summer come quickly!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:11 PM, December 06, 2010  

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