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5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

Would you like to give your body what it really wants and not gain weight during holiday parties and dinners? There is a way to have it all.

1. No More Deprivation

Do you tell yourself, “I won’t have this or that at the holiday party, I will have willpower,” knowing how impossibly hard that will be. Or, “I must have Mamma’s dinner or she’ll get insulted, there’s no hope for me around family.

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If so, consider trying these ideas instead: Add healthy foods to your daily intake of holiday fare; add fruits to you daily diet; add a large vegetable soup or salad or cooked vegetable dish to your lunch and dinner; instead of skipping lunch or breakfast, make sure to have it. You will not feel deprived if you are not hungry.

With this new mindset you will feel like you’re taking care of yourself during this busy time. This equals less overeating.

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2. Have a Daily Food Partner

Plan your meals the night before and send it to a friend or coach that agrees to support you.  At the end of the day, connect again to report the reality of your eating for the day. This in no way has to be perfect, but again it keeps you focused on spending a few minutes thinking about what you will eat for the day. Even if it’s going to a party and keeping the rest of the day healthy, that’s great. You’re not throwing in the towel and giving up hope for the entire holiday season. Accountability and support go a long way towards sticking to your desired eating plan.

3. Juicing and Freezing

Lots of overeating is done when you don’t have enough nutrients. A super-fast way to get some healthy stuff daily and curb your appetite is to juice some veggies and fruits once a week and freeze cup-size portions. Every morning or evening take out one or two cups and drink them daily. It’s filling and healthy.

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4. Emotional Eating is REAL

Emotions are the #1 factor in gaining weight for most people, according to Dr. Roger Gould, a weight loss specialist in California. When emotions arise at holiday trigger points, stop before you automatically reach for food.

Inner tension, anxiety, overwork, loneliness, boredom, feeling trapped, not feeling like you quite fit in, these feelings can crop up anywhere this season. You may be overeating instead of facing what’s really bothering you. There is nourishment and pleasure out there from sources other than food. This holiday season if you acknowledge that this may be a factor in your eating you can learn to stop doing it. You can learn to reach for other behaviors instead. Take a few moments a day to listen to yourself and to what you are really feeling and needing.

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5. No Time for the Gym?

Blast the music on at home and move it, shake it, just dance for 20 minutes daily. It’s tons of fun and you can get a great aerobic workout. It may even motivate you to hit the ground for a few sit-ups and push ups. Every little bit counts.

You deserve to enjoy the holidays without the added stress of worrying about gaining weight and thinking about food. Here are some additional resources that are ‘not the typical diet book’ to give to your wonderful self as a gift.

  • Eating in the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
  • A Course in Weight Loss, 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, by Marianne Williamson
  • Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • Shrink Yourself, by Dr. Roger Gould

It’s possible to not gain weight during holiday celebrations, in fact you can actually even lose some with these simple tips.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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