Holiday Balance & A Healthy Lifestyle

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Real Estate Agent with Pavao Real Estate

The holidays are coming and if your family is anything like mine that means everything revolves around food!

I love this time of year, we work hard so this time of year is the reward. Gatherings with friends and family celebrations all around, its easy to get caught up in the moment and loose track of what you have worked hard to maintain all year long.

How do you stay balanced.....

Staying focused on your goals will keep you on track. Don't skip your workouts, even when things get crazy busy this is your time it will keep your stress level down so you can focus on taking care of business. Remember to eat healthy foods, preparation is key you need energy to get you through the day.

You just started this new healthy lifestyle, how do you maintain it around the holidays.

  • Only you can control what you put in your body
  • You work out everyday to feel good about yourself
  • Plan ahead, bring your low fat dishes & share
  • Stay away from the buffet table
  • Keep focused on your goals

For me self control is what keeps me focused, it helps if you have a supportive family. My family understands and expects me to bring a veggie tray, turkey meatballs, and sugar free pudding pie! They are also trained they know if the party is at my house they need to bring their own butter! ( we laugh about it) 

Its easy to be tempted and once in a while treat yourself, just know that others will try to convince you its okay to eat its the holidays. But be careful those calories add up and before you know it you have gained 10lbs and you will be working it off the rest of the winter.

Remember only you can accomplish your goals, and only you know whats best for you!

 

 

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Rainer
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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Suzanne, Great post. However, I do plan on eating :-P and then do my usual and make a new years plan. ha ha
Nov 12, 2007 10:38 PM #24
Rainer
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Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Suzanne, Great post. However, I do plan on eating :-P and then do my usual and make a new years plan. ha ha
Nov 12, 2007 10:38 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Suzanne, thanks for entering the Holiday Balance contest.  Just wanted to let you know that I had stopped by to read.  Since I'm judging the contest, I'll reserve my more detailed comments for after the polls have closed.
Nov 13, 2007 01:39 AM #26
Rainer
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Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL

Suzanne - this is SOOO TRUE!!  Being balanced is where it's at!  Nothing is ever 100% whether it's work, relationships, committments, etc...  Remember why you feel good...BALANCE!!  This is a GREAT POST!!

Nov 13, 2007 03:35 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Matt,

You guys are all the same, its just not fair men can get away with it more....;)

Hi Brian,

I'm glad you stopped by, have fun judging the contest you have a tough job my friend! :)

Susie Q,

I will always be the goal thats what keeps us challenged! Thanks you are the BEST! :)

Nov 13, 2007 01:13 PM #28
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Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Suzanne,
Moderation is the key for me.  Thanks.

Nov 14, 2007 11:07 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Cynthia,

Thanks for commenting! :)

Nov 14, 2007 11:31 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Suzanne........yeah, I know, I know. BUT I LOVE to eat all of those yummy foods. Aren't we allowed a treat at least a few times a year? Seriously, I can hardly wait until I fix those hot rolls, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy.......ymmmmmmmmm. THEN, I'll get back to my regular diet until Christmas when I make the fudge, cookies, breads, etc. THEN, after the New Year, I'll definitely get back to my regular meals......:-)

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Nov 15, 2007 09:20 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Teri,

I have learned the hard way, its easy to over indulge around the holidays. You should be fine everything in moderation....I absolutely love fudge (but my thighs don't) LOL! ;)

Nov 15, 2007 09:49 AM #32
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Suzanne, thanks again for your entry in the Holiday Balance contest.  Healthy lifestyle often goes to pot for many during the holiday season with all the parties, food, drink, and merriment.  In the frenzy of it all, people forget their health and then wake up January 1st and make a resolution to lose weight, work out more, etc.  Thanks for providing some inspiration for people to keep up their healthy routine throughout the holidays.  Such a critical issue for so many.
Nov 17, 2007 10:58 PM #33
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Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
I never entered this contest because I have zero holiday balance.  I eat pretty clean throughout the rest of the year (to the point of fanaticism in the past), but I absolutely murder a holiday spread.  Some people have a cheat day once a week, but I have a cheat season.  I'm just not good at moderation in anything.  When I'm living clean, I do so religiously.  When I relax my guidelines, they get relaxed all the way.  I blog at 4 in the morning.  I drink coffee all day long.  I'm always addicted to something, whether my job, family, fitness, whatever.  It's great to read how well-rounded people operate and cope with the craziness of the holidays.  Thanks, Suzanne.
Nov 18, 2007 01:46 AM #34
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Brian,

I love some of these contest, they really get us inspired to write. Many forget their healthy ways around the holidays, hopefully we can stay balanced! :)

Hi Paul,

You are sooo funny, I like that you give yourself a whole season (sounds like you work pretty hard for that) insead of a day. Everyone is different and what works for me, may not for you. I have learned the hardway, its easier to put it on then to take it off. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Nov 18, 2007 11:30 AM #35
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Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
Great post...I need a girlfriend like you! Balance and moderation are very good things, but oh, so hard!!!!
Nov 19, 2007 08:50 AM #36
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Joeann,

Okay...you don't know what your in for! I tell everybody, if you want it bad enough you will have to be strong, mind over matter. Thanks my friend! :)

Nov 19, 2007 11:16 AM #37
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Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
Hughesville MD Real Estate
Suzanne, I love your posts. I've got 10 lbs to lose as I train for my next marathon Feb 16th. It's never easy to lose weight, especially this time of year.
Nov 21, 2007 11:02 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Real Estate - Fallon, MT

Suzanne...   Have a great day but watch out for the dessert tray!   LOL

Nov 21, 2007 11:12 AM #39
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Craig,

Aww...thanks! At least you know what your up against, the holidays will be the challenge. You can do anything you set your mind too. Best of luck and welcome to the rain! :)

Dan,

I hope you and Sandra have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Btw, I love mashed potatoes!!!! ;)

Nov 21, 2007 01:36 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Cheryl,

Thank you, ditto!! :)

Nov 24, 2007 09:43 AM #41
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Dan Forbes
Bradenton, FL

Suzanne, I'm trying to control myself over the holidays.  Thanks for the inspiration.

 Thanks for commenting on my featured post about open houses.

 

Nov 28, 2007 09:36 AM #42
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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Dan,

The holidays are challenging for everyone, but just remember everything in moderation and you will be just fine. :)

Nov 28, 2007 12:03 PM #43
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