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December 9, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Strategies to help avoid common holiday pitfalls

Tonawanda News — During the last month of the year it’s easy to fall victim to the sweet treats and rich, fatty foods made available to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Here are some ideas on how to avoid putting on the pounds this season:

The office cupcake lady

You probably never knew Melissa from tech support had dreams about becoming the next reality TV chef, until she started bringing in the cakes, pies, cookies and cobblers that she’s “testing out” in preparation for her primetime debut. And nothing will derail your muscle definition faster than a couple of slices of cheesecake/pie during your coffee break.

The remedy: The best way to avoid is with something I call “the proximity defense.” Most office treats get set up in a specific conference room, in the kitchen cell block four, etc.

Do everything you can to avoid going past these areas and you’ll be much less likely to indulge. It may require you mapping out a new route to the bathroom, but no one said that keeping your title of “best booty/pecs in the department” would be easy.

The New Year’s Resolution

So, you’ve let your gym membership slide and you’re thinking you’ll just wait ‘til the post-New Year’s deals before you re-sign up. Or you figure, with all the holiday parties and dinners you have lined up, you may as well wait until after Jan. 1 to really commit to that new low-carb diet plan. 

Problem with this kind of thinking is that while you are waiting for the perfect time to make fitness your priority, you are packing on inches to your waist, and getting further and further away from your goals. And, at this rate, it will take you until April just to get back to where you were in October.

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