Bounce Back From Holiday Over-Eating

Maintain Don't Gain Challenge

Well Divas…Thanksgiving is behind us! How did you do with your maintaining-not-gaining?

One of the main purposes of our Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge is to be mindful of what we are eating, and ENJOY the holiday celebrations at the same time. (Need more info on the specifics of the challenge? Go HERE.)

“Enjoying” sometimes may mean that we stray away from our eating plan. News flash…eating “a little more” than we intended over the Thanksgiving Holiday is NOT the end of the world. Plus, Thanksgiving is over and just in cause y’all didn’t know, there are a whole lot of other eating opportunities coming up. So what is a Diva to do?……Bounce Back and move forward of course!

keep-calm-and-bounce-back-16Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you “Bounce Back” from holiday overeating:

Don’t weigh yourself until next week. Water retention from salty, fatty, heavy foods can cause a 3- to 5-lb increase for up to 2 days afterward, so hold off on the weigh-in until 5 -7 days post-splurge.  Better yet—don’t weigh at all–until the end of the challenge!  Look for changes in how your clothes feel.

Do drink a lot of water Drinking more water will help you remove some of the water retention from all the delicious Thanksgiving food, aid with digestion and just plain help you feel better!

Do add more physical activity In addition to your normal fitness routine, add 15-30 minutes of brisk walking.  Just bundle up and do it…your body will thank you!

Do change your attitude.  Divas, we serve an amazing God.  A couple of days of overeating does not mean we are failures. In fact, because of how great God is, we are more than conquerors.  We can and we will bounce back!

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Here is a video of Larae Puckett, Devoted Fitness Founder, dancing to Mandisa’s Overcomer!  Get your bounce-back party started early by dancing! (click here for link to the video)


Five Minute Friday-After

imageEvery Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is AFTER.

Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

It was 37 degrees here yesterday:(  I had remind myself that it really is spring.  Along with the cold weather, it hailed, snowed and rained all day.  As my ladies (the “Divas”) began to arrive to class, it warmed my heart to know our class is viewed as important enough to endure harsh weather.  Yes, AFTER yesterday’s weather, the divas can tell their friends tall tales about walking to class uphill in the snow—both ways.  (LOL!)

Once class started, we forgot all about the weather.  Perhaps it was our abs done in a big circle, the dance battle, or our cool down worship song. 

When you are really engaged and intentional about doing something, external circumstances do not affect you until, AFTER.  However, when we are discontented and focused on all that is wrong, external circumstances are downright debilitating—now, later, and AFTER.   It is hard to keep putting one foot in front of the other in faith “right now” because we often don’t see God’s handiwork until…AFTER.

If we take the time to look back, we realize God has brought us through so many things.  Each valley experience had an eventual peak…AFTER.  We just have to remember…AFTER.  Trouble don’t last always.