Happy Holidays~!
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
So trying to keep this month's blog in the theme of Christmas I want to share a couple of my secrets to avoiding those extra unneeded snackies and maybe…possibly sneaking in a little exercise? Because I am based in a year-round training center we don't technically get any time off. However, we do have a whole week this year of on-your-own training which is sometimes hard to fit in, especially around a holiday like Christmas. Not including the chilly weather, relatives and friends would probably take priority over going to the gym for a workout. What I do:

-Plan ahead and schedule what workout I am going to do and when I am going to do it the day before so it is set in stone

-Try and incorporate a workout around something else that needs to be done (going to get a Christmas tree? Walk to the store)

*-But what works the best is getting up a little earlier and squeeze my workout in before all the planned daily fun starts. (Last year I did a swim and a run before half my family had got out of their pyjamas)

-Finally, try and get the whole family involved. My family, ever since I can remember goes for a long walk early afternoon and finishes right before Christmas dinner duties call.

Now about those snacks….there are going to be everywhere of all varieties so prepare yourself! The one thing that gets everyone are the little dishes or bowls of mixed nuts, crackers or sweets. Since you're not putting them on to your plate it's hard to pay attention to how much you're eating. Also, liquid Calories…Alcohol and many seasonal drinks taste good but are loaded with sugar and sometimes fat! What I do:

-Take 1 portion only and then ignore that dish (its hard but I've trained myself)

-Limit myself to one drink every night and depending how much I plan on eating, 2 drinks on Christmas

-Water, Water, and Water…besides that fact that your body needs and craves it to run properly…drinking water before a meal or appy's will fill the spaces that maybe unnecessary cheeses or chocolates could.

Holidays are hard and there is a fine line between enjoying yourself, letting loose and over indulging.

Here is a great Oatmeal Pancake Recipe that I love- fat free and full of protein they last me forever!

6 egg whites

1 cup oats

1 cup cottage cheese

2 tsp sugar (I use brown sugar splenda)

1 tsp vanilla

And some cinnamon

You can add whatever else desired- I usually put some raisins. And make sure you use a good non-stick pan!

Merry Christmas

Alison Hooper

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