Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sedentary Saturday - A Thanksgiving Tradition?

So you ate too much on Thursday, loaded up on leftovers on Friday, and stood in a variety of lines looking for deals on stuff you probably didn't even need.  Watcha going to do today?  REST!  Uh huh, and that is why I call it sedentary Saturday, and I don't mean that as an endearing term. 
 
Estimates range from 4000 to 6000 calories consumed during a typical Thanksgiving feast.  And with so many people continuing the binge well into the next day (or longer) its the making of an unhealthy situation  Combine this with the lack of exercise that typically occurs during the long holiday weekend, and you have the perfect storm in terms of weight gain.  
 
Do yourself a favor, avoid leftovers today and avoid the couch.  Get out of the house and at least do some serious walking.  BTW - shopping doesn't count for exercise, because its minimal walking at best.  So if you are thinking of mall walking, fine, just don't stop to shop, keep your body moving.  Have family visiting and feel like it would be rude to walk out on?  Take them with you!  Walk and talk instead of sitting and chatting. 
 
But Sedentary Saturday is not just about today - it also marks the beginning of a cycle that stretches through to the New Year.  Too much food and not enough exercise, and sadly most tolerate it using the "Holidays" as an excuse.  Listen, the Holiday Cheer turns into the New Year's nightmare come January 1st when you wake up with an additional 10 pounds of fat pressing down on tired knees and ankles.  And then its time for the most popular New Years resolution of all - lose weight!  And you know how many people are successful with that????? Less than 30%... 
 
There is no magic solution here, other than to force yourself to focus on food in versus calories consumed.  I use a simple trick in terms of eating - I focus on how I will feel 30 minutes after I eat.  That is when most of us feel regret because the euphoria of the food has been replaced with an uncomfortable pressure in the gut.  I then use that vision to help me eat very slow and STOP when I feel the least bit full. 
 
And in terms of exercise, there are no holidays!  That's why I preach finding something you enjoy, so you can stick to it, even when everyone else is snoring on the couch with distended bellies protruding outwards like humps on a camel...
 
Sedentary Saturday - don't let it be the start of something you will regret.

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