What are your plans for tomorrow? Chances are you're off from work, you can get some extra sleep & you have no excuse to miss your workout for the day. These all sound like great ways to stick to your "get fit" plan, but then comes the 4th of July party - food, food and MORE food, & then some alcohol too! Now there's no reason why you shouldn't indulge a little (remember the 90/10 rule), but you probably don't need to eat FIVE hot dogs, FOUR hamburgers, THREE scoops of potato salad, TWO bowls of ice cream & ONE helping of pasta salad (unless you're my husband - he has a hearty appetite). So, I thought I'd put together a few tips to help you stay on track tomorrow (or at any holiday gathering).
I know what you're thinking - I better starve myself ALL DAY, so that when I DO over-indulge, I won't be eating too much overall. BUT, what will more likely happen is that you'll be so hungry once you show up to the party, you will wind up eating MORE overall. Besides, if you're not spending all of your time eating at the party, you'll have more time to socialize and play games - that's what the party is all about, right?
2. BRING SOMETHING HEALTHY TO THE PARTY.
If your mama raised you well, she taught you never to come to a party empty-handed. So, you're going to bring something anyway, right? Why not make it something healthy? This way, you know there will be at least one healthy option once you get there! The 4th of July is a great holiday to get a little festive too - checkout the watermelon, feta, blueberry salad I brought to a party last year - healthy, delicious & festive - #winning!
3. KEEP A GLASS OF WATER IN YOU HANDS
Sometimes at parties, we eat not because we are hungry, but because we're looking for something to do with our hands or because the person we're talking to is eating. Try keeping a glass of water in your hands - you're likely to go for a sip of water instead of putting the glass down to reach for something else. This will not only keep you from eating when you're not hungry, but it will also help you meet your daily water intake requirements. AND, if you live in the northeast like I do, it's supposed to be HOT tomorrow, so the water will help you stay cool!
4. PICK ONE WAY TO INDULGE
Chances are that the desserts and alcohol are going to be the things that get you off track - tomorrow morning, before you leave your house, make a deal with yourself and pick one or the other. If you're only having dessert (not alcohol) or if you're only drinking alcohol (but not having dessert), you're less likely derail your "get fit" plan. And remember - it's just a choice for the day. On July 5th - we're ALL getting back on track!