“Not this time, Holiday Weight”
Ah… It’s that time of year again – the holidays have arrived! I absolutely adore this time of year. Fall brings crisp weather, football games, pumpkin patches, delicious seasonal drinks (why are pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider not offered in IV form?), and the perfect reason to cuddle up to your baby! However, all fabulous things have a price as is completely apparent when scanning my closet. Halloween has come and gone (mostly, I swear that pillow sack of candy is actually screaming my name) and the eat-‘til-you-can’t-feel-your-legs holiday of Thanksgiving is next. Noticing a theme here? An abyss of calories is in our near futures! Help.
Grab onto baby and hold tight! Here are some tips to keep the holiday weight at bay, and keep baby happy in the process:
Exercise. Still using a stroller? Before it gets too cold, hit the ground running. Even simply walking around the block is a step in the right direction. Bonus: You and your baby will get some good ol’ Vitamin D in the process. Weather isn’t cooperating? Old fashioned jumping jacks, crunches, and pushups seriously work magic – and it’s something your little tyke can mimic!
Dance with baby! Put on some tunes and boot, scoot, and boogie down with your little one. It’ll keep you active, reduce stress, and your baby will love you for it.
Play outdoors. If you’re inside all of the time it’s too tempting to sit on that comfy couch or shaggy rug. Go outside and bounce around!
Dress well. I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out. That little black dress hanging in your closet is not for nothing. We know that the right outfit can make us feel more confident, just as wearing bulky sweaters can make us feel…how shall I put this…more comfortable to finish that bag of chips because it’s almost empty anyways (when in reality there is about 3 servings left – minor details!). As odd as it sounds, if it helps to dress nicer to be more aware of your body image, then go for it! Plus, this is a great excuse to dress baby up too!
And lastly, always have healthy snacks on hand for you and your baby (depending on age, of course). If you’re prepared, it will be much easier to turn your nose to those holiday leftovers, or at least eating in excess. Know what that means? You’ll have more energy to keep up with baby, and phew, do you need it!