Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hedging Holidays

by Kris Pitcher

Another big on is here! The holiday we love to celebrate all week long with parties and bbq's, camping trips and coolers full of refreshments. How can you stay on track when all this celebration is going on around you?

It's easy. Do what you're supposed to do. Eat what you are supposed to eat. Eat what is on your plan. That means being prepared and taking your food with you. Whether it's for the game, or the entire weekend away, pack what you need to stay on track.

Being on course doesn't happen by accident. It happens because you plan it, and you do it. It won't happen for you, and it won't happen if your head is in the sand. Get your game plan together and you can navigate the happiest of summer celebrations.

You need a drinking game. Game plan that is. Once you start drinking, you're in trouble. So, if you intend to stay on plan...make a plan not to indulge in adult beverages. Take things you can drink. The reality is, no one cares if you're drinking or not. If you don't make a big deal about it, they won't either.

Enjoy the company. Stay away from the buffet of food and enjoy the people at the party. If you hover at the chip station, you're going to be dipping. Be smart. Remember why you've all gathered, to be together.

Family can be stressful. Know what triggers your stress level. When you are stressed out, you eat/drink etc. Being aware of what is going to stress you out is part of the plan. If going to the party at aunt so-and-so's is going to push you over the edge, go for a short time with an exit plan.

Don't over commit. You don't have to go to seven parties in one weekend. Control your social calendar so you can fit your workouts, your sleep, your food prep etc. into your schedule. Keep your priorities in order.

Holidays can be an excuse for a drunken food-fest, or an invitation to enjoy family, friends, and the spirit of celebration. Get your holiday plan together ahead of time. Make it count for you not against you. Happy Independence Day!

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