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Sarah Coleman: How to fit it all, including yourself, into your pants

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table as Explore's health and fitness contributor.
Joel Reichenberger

— Holiday season is here. We are often bombarded with feasts and parties, holiday cookies and spiced eggnog, stuffing and gravy and pie — oh my! We tend to overeat and are often too busy to get the exercise we need, and for some reason, the holiday season seems to grow longer and longer each year.

It wasn’t that long ago that the holiday three-week period was from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Now, however, it appears to start with bags and bags of Halloween candy and end somewhere around the overrated Valentines Day. On my holiday calendar, that is almost half the whole damn year.

You say it every year — “Not me, not this time; I will stay fit.” Yet, the average American packs on extra pounds due to cold weather and holiday grazing.



By following these simple steps this year, you can keep the pounds off and maybe even take some off. Below are a few categories to get you started with your holiday fitness and food guide.

Not so stuffed stuffing: An eating guide

Fill your plate with mostly good stuff. Indulge in the goodies, but make those the smaller portions on the plate. Keep your portions small, and make the calories count.



Try fruit instead of pie or cookies or cake. Sometimes, just a little sweet something can curb all dessert cravings.

Move it and lose it: An exercise guide

Don’t be afraid of the cold. Get out and do something, whether you cut down your own Christmas tree or try skate skiing for the first time.

Get your exercise early in the day. Think about it — once it’s done, it’s done, and you can stop thinking about it. The day fills up, and before you know it, it’s bedtime. Wake up an hour early and hit the gym or take the dog for a walk. Treat yourself to a new class.

Little, and I mean little, black dress: A party guide

Decide on a calorie amount, and stick with it. When you reach your max, stop eating. If you want the wine, skip the cookie, and if you want the gravy, skip the mashers. This works with many other food and libation choices, as well.

Try to keep something in your hands. Holding a glass of water to stay hydrated or your camera to take pictures of your slim little self can both help deter excessive snacking.

Happy holidays, and happy healthy eating. Just eat smart and get your exercise in. Try to keep your normal routine. It is, after all, the season to celebrate. Celebrate life, love and fitting in your pants (or someone else’s).

Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, she is a personal trainer, “CrossFitter,” coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space and the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.


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