Thanksgiving Week- Finding Ways To Fit In Exercise

Well, winter temperatures have officially arrived. We woke up Saturday morning to a covering of snow and quite chilly temperatures. So long 60’s, I hope to see you again soon;-(

Speaking of cold… of my dear friends sent me this on my email one morning. Maybe this means I am “that friend!”

(I will admit, this sure does look cozy;)


Since this was the week of Thanksgiving, things were a bit all over the place in the exercise department. However, no matter how little time I had, I still made time for some type of workout. Here is what my week consisted of:

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, stretching

Monday: 3 mile hike on a trail under the stars…..great stress reliever on a hectic Monday.

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: home: upper body and abdominal workout

gym: stretching and 30 minute elliptical


Thursday(Thanksgiving): 2.0 mile hike with my husband and a friend


Friday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing and stretching


Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, abs, rowing and stretching

home: 1.5 mile walk in the evening with my husband

As I said above, this was quite a whirl wind week. I was very thankful to have a four day weekend by the time Wednesday rolled around. We had so many things on the agenda and thankfully we fit everything in and still had time for fun.




Workouts During The Holiday Week

Some people use the holidays as a time to forgo their workouts and get everything else done. I, for one, am just the opposite.

I love that our gym is open on holidays (limited hours but open). Nothing gives me more satisfaction knowing that if I get up and workout first thing before anything else comes up, that I have achieved something good for myself before tending to anything and everyone else on the holidays. Which is exactly what I tried to do all week….even on Thanksgiving.

Here’s a look at my workouts for this holiday week:

Saturday: trail hike 3 miles…with extra calories burned by shivering in 20 degree temps. IMG_2901

Sunday: gym:30 minute elliptical, total body weights, stretching

Monday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike, upper body weights and stability ball routine

Tuesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Wednesday:home: weight lifting and stability ball routine, 3 mile walk in the evening

Thursday(Thanksgiving): gym: 30 minute elliptical, weight lifting and stretching

Today was a special day since I finally convinced a friend of mine to give the gym a try.  Ironically, we both received “Free Guest” passes in the mail the day before which we both took as a sign of something good. We arrived first thing Thanksgiving morning and got right to it. I believe she even surprised herself with what she accomplished.


Friday: OPT Outside….along with almost a million others who have followed REI’s suggestion of heading outside on this date, I also chose to do what I love and hit the trails. I was not able to go far or for as long as I would have liked but anything was better than spending it in the stores shopping or working. As a family we hiked 3 miles today. IMG_2930

Do you exercise during the holidays?

How do you keep your exercise regime in check during the busy holiday celebrations?

Keeping Healthy During The Holidays

Keeping healthy during the holidays is really not as hard as you may think. It is far from impossible.

Do you know the average weight gain is 5lbs. from Thanksgiving to New Year’s? That just blows my mind. Yes, we all have parties to attend, stress, work, family issues, and so on to worry about during this time. However, none of these things should effect how you gain or loose weight during the holidays. Or at least not anymore than any other day of the year. I have heard many people say that the holidays is a time to cheat and enjoy themselves. I will agree with “enjoy” not “cheat”. Please enjoy this time of year but why cheat and end up not enjoying the outcome later on.

Whether you are the host, hostess, or the guest at someone’s home here are a few pointers that I think you may find helpful.

  • Show support to family and friends. If you know your family member or friend is watching what they eat please don’t say something like,”Oh just this once won’t hurt, try it.” They are well aware what they want to eat/drink to maintain any success they may have already experienced in their healthy journey. Do not sabotage this by telling them it’s ok. Let them make that decision for themself.
  • Start a new tradition. For instance, after Christmas dinner and before opening gifts go for a family walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the light displays. Or have everyone with kids in the family bring sleds and go sledding, or make snowmen in the yard. Plan an active activity to do as a family. Our family went snowshoeing Christmas Day last year and had the best time.
  • Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum. The holidays should not be about whom can drink the most to be the merriest.
  • Assign a dish to bring. When someone asks if they can bring a dish to pass, speak up. By having a mental or written list of healthier dishes, you can easily pick one off the list and give them what they asked for. If you leave it up to them, their healthy and your healthy can be completely different.
  • Always bring a dish. This is the only way you can be guaranteed there will be something you can eat that will fit into your healthier eating plan.
  • Substitute healthier alternatives in recipes. Most people will never know that you used low fat cream cheese (among many other things) if you don’t tell them.
  • Exercise throughout the holidays. Don’t laugh….you can find the time. I have already researched the holiday hours of our gym and have a plan. You can too!

These are just a few suggestions. I am not saying have no fun, don’t drink, and stop eating. I am just saying that keeping healthy during the holidays is completely possible if you want it to be.

Do you have any to add to my list? I would love to hear your suggestions.