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Thanksgiving Damage: How To Get Healthy In 5 Steps

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. By now you have probably picked through most of your leftovers and are tired of having pie for breakfast. You relish in your elastic waist pajama bottoms or yoga pants because when you look down…you can’t see your feet. Hmmm…you had feet last week and now they went missing. It’s definitely time to get back on track!

The holidays are not yet over but it’s never too late to do damage repair. We still have to get through company parties, neighborhood parties, school parties, and family events. There are candy canes on the tree, mint flavored chocolates in bowls, and specialty coffee drinks full of whipped topping and sugar available only this time of year. You’re shopping, and baking, and wrapping, and trimming and secretly grateful leggings (with elastic waist bands) are back in style.

Here’s the deal, why can’t you bake AND be healthy? Why can’t you have a whipped coffee drink in moderation? Why can’t you attend an event AND be prepared to make up for it? I think you can!

First, drink lots of water every day! I am still surprised at the number of people who drink maybe 3 or 4 glasses of water per day. Coffee, caffeine and alcohol do not count as water. I need you to be drinking lots and lots in order to flush out all that fat and sugar while maintaining your hydration. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, that is 80 ounces of water you need. 80 ounces (assuming your drinking cup is 8 ounces) is equal to 10 cups of water per day!

Second, move your backside vigorously. Shopping does burn calories but it does not count towards your exercise. You need to get your heart pumping and your body sweating. My absolute favorite is interval training and I follow such sites as: www.bodyrock.tv, www.jillfit.com, and www.metaboliceffect.com. (no affiliation to these sites). Please do not be intimidated by the pictures. Many workouts can be done in the privacy of your own home and require little more than a timer and your bodyweight.

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