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Now I understand that we all have our own personal needs for nutrition and caloric intake and that we’re on different levels of exercise. But these are just some general tips that I find useful for anyone=)

1. Eat breakfast, lunch, and any snacks as you normally would. I know it may be tempting to skip breakfast and have a lighter lunch so that you don’t go over a certain calorie count for the day, but you’ll only end up hungrier and more likely to eat all the more for dinner. Satisfy your hunger during the day so that when dinner comes around, you aren’t starving or cravingeverything in sight.

2. Drink water (or tea)!Juices, soda, apple cider (pumpkin spice lattes…) all have added sugars that will only make you crave more sugar later. And those calories can add up quickly!

3. Pick “Thanksgiving foods” that you normally wouldn’t eat any of time of the year.Don’t waste your calories on the rolls that you always have in your pantry or the cheese and crackers you could snack on anytime. Enjoying traditional foods on the holiday will put you more in the spirit of Thanksgiving and make it more enjoyable. Personally, even if I do choose the steamed green beans instead of the green bean casserole, I’ll still eye the casserole all night, and I’ll end up having it anyway.Lesson: Better to have a small portion of one “worse” choice than eat twice as much food.

4. Eat all your food in one sitting. For my family, we usually have a big table with all the food, and everyone just gets food whenever and sits around the couches or on the floor. This makes it really easy for me to have little portions at a time…but I end up eating about 10 times! Try to fill your plate with everything you’ll be eating that night. It’ll help you keep track of how much you’ve eaten, and you’ll be less likely to overeat without realizing it.

5. Chew slowwllyy. This may be a no-brainer, but it’s still important to remember! With all the good food on your plate, the smell of food throughout the house, and everyone around you eating, it can be easy to scarf down everything at once. Enjoy your meal and let your body be satiated. Again, this will help you to not overeat.

6. Pick ONE dessert for the whole night. This one is definitely hardest for me. I tend to eat everything! But if you make a plan to ONLY have ONE slice of pumpkin pie, or ONLY eat ONE cookie, it’ll help you from going too crazy on the sweets. And if you choose to not have any sweets on Thanksgiving, more power to you!


  • Moderation! Of course there arehealthier and lighter options of foods, but like in #3, if you REALLY WANT mashed potatoes, you REALLY WANT butter on your roll, you REALLY WANT that glazed ham with the heavy gravy, go for it! Don’t deprive yourself from trying great foods on Thanksgiving…just go easy on the portion.
  • Be active! There’s nothing stopping you from getting in some exercise, as out-of-routine as it may be for you. Go for a morning run before everyone wakes up for the parade. Play football with the boys. Go for a walk with your aunt and tell her how you’ve been. Rake leaves and roll around in them with your little brother. Suggest a “plank holding competition” with your cousins (Yes, I’ve done that before haha). Even doing games like Twister or playing tag get you moving. “Just Dance” is a great one that’s fun for everyone to watch too, and it can really get your heart rate up!
  • Ignore the comments on your weight/diet! We all have those relatives who can’t get their noses out of your business, no matter how long it’s been. If they start to question you or make comments about your diet, weight, or lifestyle, don’t let it get to you! Take them as innocent or harmless questions/comments. Use humor to acknowledge the comments, and then steer the conversation in a different direction. You know your goals, you know your body’s capabilities. Don’t let petty comments make you feel uncomfortable about yourself or make you doubt your progress.
  • Have a smart “morning after”!Whether you’re like me, and you like to pull the all-nighter into Black Friday and shop your ass off like money doesn’t exist, or you sleep in and lull around the house all day with your family, make sure you’re still taking care of your body! It is verytempting to wake up and have pumpkin pie, leftover turkey, cold stuffing and mashed potatoes, and coffee for breakfast. But is it worth the extra 800 calories to your day? Try mixing some of the leftovers with healthier alternatives: Greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin pie (sans crust) and cinnamon, turkey omelette with spinach and tomatoes, whole wheat toast with cranberry sauce…get creative!

What made you start this blog? Just curious :)

Love fitness, was fed up with girls telling each other the ABC diet was ok, when its not, and you cant survive of 100 calories a day.  I am majoring in exercise science and going to minor in nutrition and love helping people and think I can do a pretty accurate job of that. :)  also very fit and in shape and wanna help others :), Have done a lot of workout dvds and have completed them, and know a lot about the fitness and nutrition portion of these workouts.

How do I get a flat stomach, slim thighs, smaller waist, skinnier arms?

Get real tip No. 1: ”You can’t spot reduce,” says Darlene Sedlock, PhD, an associate professor of kinesiology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. “Nobody wants to hear that.”

Get real tip No. 2: You need to give it some time. “There’s no easy fix to the flab,” Sedlock says. “Over time, some of the flab will disappear,” if you’re diligent about the eating and exercise plans. Give it several months, she suggests. Your weight might not change, but you will notice a difference in the way your clothes fit, she says.

Get real tip No. 3: This is perhaps the cruelest. You probably can’t expect to be as flab-free as when you were 20. “Skin loses elasticity as you age,” Sedlock says. The sagging of the skin adds to the unsightly appearance of flab, she says.

Other factors also make flab a challenge, says Jim White, an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian in Virginia Beach, Va.  who is a national spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. “As we age, muscle mass declines, and metabolism slows, so we are definitely fighting an uphill battle.”

So is some flab inevitable with age? “It seems to happen, but if you make a concentrated effort to avoid it, you can,” Sedlock says. Too late if you’re reading this article, of course, but preventing flab is a lot easier than banishing it, she says.

Even so, it’s possible to reduce your fat and flab, White and Sedlock say. Besides being realistic, here are their best tips.

I hope you were able to find any or all of these tips useful to you=)