Pinterest-worthy desserts, parties, travel. The holidays can be an indulgent, festive and stressful affair. It’s essentially the perfect storm for weight gain. While we can resolve to lose those pounds in the New Year, it’s much easier – and healthier – to keep the weight off in the first place.
Given the temptations – honestly: who can resist a no-bake cookie? – it doesn’t hurt to bring in positive reinforcements. At Mary Free Bed, our Wellness team has partnered with healthcare provider, Priority Health, to sponsor a “Hold it for the Holidays” challenge.
This voluntary initiative, which kicked off in mid-November, encourages employees to get through the year’s end without gaining more than one pound. Participants, like me, attend periodic weigh-ins, receive weekly tips/encouragement and are eligible for prizes when we meet goals.
The accountability and competiveness have helped me to stay (mostly) focused on healthy habits, even as the days fill with too-good-to-resist treats (e.g. Reese’s peanut butter trees).
Don’t have the benefit of an organized initiative? Here’s a few weight management tips to help you through the season:
1. Establish goals – Set clearly-defined and attainable benchmarks, like “stick within two pounds of my current weight.” This can help you stay on track and motivated to succeed. (Source: Good Housekeeping)
2. Have a game plan – Write down the steps you’ll take to reach your goals. And yup – it helps to be specific here, too. For example, you could commit to packing a healthy lunch for 4 out of 5 work days, or signing up for a once-a-week Pilates class. Re-review and re-adjust your “road map to success” on a regular basis. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
3. Stay hydrated – Given our brutal, and often …