The Story Of Three: Weight Watchers through the Holidays: Survival Tips

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weight Watchers through the Holidays: Survival Tips

It’s fall – the best time of year.  The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting brisk – not to mention that days are packed with holiday festivities. In the midst of it all, going out for a run may be the last thing on your mind.  Indeed, the months leading up to the New Year can be rough on your fitness plan.  However, don’t throw in the towel just yet – just follow these simple tips to survive those cold, dark months.

Take advantage of holiday promotions. Weight Watchers offer great deals during the holidays.  Search online for Weight Watchers discounts. I got my own from WeightLossTriumph.

Learn the art of recipe substitution for holiday baking. Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes are full of butter, sugar, egg yolks, and cream -- ingredients which are high in Weight Watchers Points.  But that doesn’t mean you have to go without your favorite treats to lose weight!  For cake and cookie recipes, replace butter with half canola oil and half applesauce to save Points and lose weight.  Instead of sour cream on chilis and soups, try nonfat Greek yogurt.  You can also sign up for a Weight Watchers newsletter which features weekly recipes or check Emily’s wonderful Weight Watchers recipes.  Nobody will notice that you are serving up health-ified treats!

Make your own fall treats.  Here are 3 easy recipes to savor the flavors of fall without all those extra calories:

For apumpkin spice latte, start by brewing ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee or tea.  Then, add 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon sugar, ¼ cup skim milk, and pumpkin pie spice to taste.  Enjoy your pumpkin-pie-in-a-cup for just 2 Points Plus.

For an easy, low-calorie spice cake, combine one box ofspice cake mix and a 15-oz can of pumpkin, adding water to thin the batter if necessary.  Mix well, and bake according to package instructions.  Frost cake if desired – but remember to count those Points values!

For a simple pineapple cake, combine one 15-oz can of crushed pineapple with a box of angel food cake mix.  Bake according to package instructions.  Delish!

Sign up for a 5K.  Earn activity points by running or walking a 5K, or 3.1 miles.  Several cities and communities host Turkey Trots annually on or around Thanksgiving.  Check a racing website such as …. or …. To find a Turkey Trot near you.  You’ll feel energized andearn Activity Points (which you can use to indulge in your favorite Turkey Day foods)!

Join a gym.  Instead of turning to food when you’re feeling anxious, burn your stress away with a sweat sesh!  Think about joining a gym to get your daily dose of exercise during the winter, when road conditions can be perilous for an outdoor workout.  If you’re the type of person who needs a group to stay accountable, consider taking group exercise classes.  Many gyms also offer personal training.  

Maintain an attitude of gratitude.  When all else fails, remember the meaning behind the holidays (hint: it’s not to load up on food).  Keep a positive outlook, fill up on holiday cheer instead of cookies, and enjoy spending time with your friends, family, and loved ones.
Sheeva A, a lifetime member of Weight Watchers wrote this article.

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Pary Moppins said...

Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. The holidays are the most difficult time to stick to a healthy eating plan.

Gigi borden said...

this is good to know, i like this!!! thanks for sharing! :)

Rose-Marie said...

These are great not just for holidays! I have pumpkin, so I can't wait to try these!!!