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Lose 7lbs in 7 weeks- beat the holiday bloat- week 3

Time to beat the bloat this Holiday Season and lose the weight you've been talking about!

We have about 5 more weeks until we celebrate another new year. A new, squeaky-clean year to become the best you YOU can be! 

The average American gains 7lbs between October and January (think Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years events... and food). 

This year, let's do things differently. Instead of gaining 7lbs this season, lets lose 7lbs together!! (Or maintain if you’re at a healthy weight already).

Each week, I will post a couple tips to keep you (or get you) in the best shape of your life- during several of the big holidays!! I would love for us to make this a dialogue. Submit your reply and let me know what works for you, what doesn't, what your goals are... etc. Your inspirational ideas and stories may also inspire the other Patch readers to make healthy changes this season! This is week 3 for those of you that missed the last 2 weeks tips (be sure to check it out on the Patch Blog Site!!).

Statistics show that if we can be in a fitness journey together, we are more likely to achieve our goals and beyond!

Below are my third healthy tips; remember, you can do it!!

Consider Color

When serving up your meal, put it on a plate of a contrasting color. Not only will that be fit-for-company stunning, but a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that it may make you eat less. When people served themselves on a plate that was the same color as the food they were eating, they gave themselves bigger portions than when they served themselves on a plate that had a dramatic color contrast.

Put Yourself on Your To-Do List

Sitting around talking about the life you want to live just tones the muscles around your jaw. Instead, actively engage yourself in creating the change you desire. Tired of eating the wrong things because you didn’t have time to get to the store for healthy ingredients? Frustrated because you have too much to do to find new, healthy recipes your family will love? Stop over-promising and under-delivering. Make a realistic to-do list that contains only items that absolutely need to get done. Take baby steps toward better health. Envision the person you want to be in 6 months-1 year. Take charge of your mind, body and life to build the happiness you seek!

For more information or if you're looking for a fitness coach to assist you through the holiday challenge, contact inFIT: info@infittraining.com 763.424.4435

inFIT and Ashley Darkenwald, CPT, PES

Inspiring families to optimal health and fitness

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Di Rothman November 28, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Great tips Ashley! Planning is KEY to eating healthy! I'll be sharing these tips with my Challenge group participants!! Thank you!
Ashley Darkenwald December 05, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Thanks Di!! Planning is the key- keep me posted on your challenge- I've heard great things!

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