Do you find yourself starting over on Mondays? You know – on Friday you’re ready to enjoy the weekend and then on Saturday you think, “well I already blew it I might as well enjoy the whole weekend”… promising all the while to start again on Monday?

Well, this time of year Monday can slip away from us – all the way to the first of January. With weeks until the New Year I know how easy it is to set our health goals aside, but don’t do it! I want you to enjoy the holidays, because you should, but there’s a way to do it so you can stay fit over the holidays and start the New Year feeling healthy, happy and fit!

1. Make trades.

  • Drinks
    Trade the whip cream on your coffee for the whip cream on your pie, but don’t have both. Did you know exchanging one twelve-ounce soda a day for water equals 15 pounds a year? Exchanges work!

  • Desserts
    Have your pie and eat it too. Just bake it without the crust. A crustless pie can save you big time. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit and powdered sugar, and skip the frosting.

  • Gravy
    After you make your gravy, refrigerate it and then skim off the fat. Huge savings! Making little exchanges like this, you’ll be sure to keep holiday calories from adding up.

2. Focus on fellowship not the food. Engage in conversation, invite people over that have no one to celebrate with and make a difference. The quickest way to true fulfillment and happiness is to lend a helping hand or take some of those amazing dishes and share them with people you know are hurting this time of year.

3. Skip the usual’s. If you can eat it every day, skip it. Enjoy your holiday favorites and pass on the things you can eat anytime. No need to eat that bread roll you can eat any day.

4. Don’t just bake – create. Turn cookie baking time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, ginger bread houses and arts and crafts are a fun way to celebrate the season without baking. Kids love this one!

5. Move! Get the family moving, go for a walk, put on music and dance, play the Wii! After holiday dinners and through the week, stay on track with an accountability partner.

6. Create a Small Daily Win. Keep your mind and body fit and find a new way daily to show yourself what a success you are. Make trades, honoring self-made promises and take care of yourself – you are worth the investment.

7. Take time for what matters. Remember the reason for the season. Faith and Family are what this time of year is all about. There is no perfection this side of heaven, so skip the perfection pressure and spend time focused on what matters.

As the Faith and Fitness Expert for His Radio I share tips on staying fit and healthy through faith, so make sure to check out this fun video.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Get Healthy, Happy and FIT God’s Way,