Do your holidays center around traditions? Do your family traditions center around the kitchen? Food seems to be a central theme to holidays and can derail your weight loss efforts.
"Tradition is a guide, not a jailer."~W. Somerset Maugham
Do you consider any of your traditions to be obligations rather than things you enjoy?
Maybe it's time to change things up so they are a better fit with your healthier lifestyle.
Who says you have to make 10 different kinds of cookies for family, co-workers, neighbors and friends? Do you really need a large mocha and cinnamon roll with your girlfriends to get you going on Black Friday? What will Aunt Edna think if you don't have a piece of her pecan pie?
Until the end of the year we will be working on our holiday "Survival Guide". We won't only survive, but we'll reach the goal we set for 2010 AND have a great holiday season to remember.
Here are a few ideas we came up with for making a new active tradition:
Go bowling on Thanksgiving with the whole extended family.
Go out in the woods and look for a Christmas Tree
Go to a tree farm and choose a Christmas Tree
The whole family goes for a stroll and plays "eye spy" around the neighborhood.
If you don't own a Wii-Fit have someone bring one.
Go for an extra long walk in the morning and enjoy the quiet day before the laughs and noise starts in.
Take the family ice skating at Mt. Bachelor.
How about snow shoeing?
How about an annual turkey trot?
Build a snowman.
Sign up for the Jingle Bell Run! (we will be there with bells on)
Be creative! Have fun! Get the whole family involved!