Let’s face it…when it comes to navigating the candy aisle at Halloween, it’s take no prisoners. So for Week 1 of the AcaciaTV Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge, you already know you’re gonna eat some candy.
I say, just plan for it. Have a strategy that doesn’t involve feeling bad about yourself. You don’t need to do burpees until you feel queasy, or skip breakfast for a week. It’s candy. Not the end of the world.
Am I suggesting that you go nuts and raid your kid’s candy stash? Not at all. I’m simply suggesting that – as the old saying goes – if you fail to plan, you should plan to fail. This year, let’s have a plan to succeed.
Here’s my challenge to you this week: Know your vice, give yourself permission to indulge a little, and have a plan of attack ready to torch those calories – preferably something that doesn’t involve any marathon workouts full of torturous exercises or near starvation afterward.
To help you along, I’ve come up with a list of seven not-so-scary ways to burn off your Halloween indulgences (one for every day this week.) This way you can stop beating yourself up or – even worse – lose all self-control and down an entire trick-or-treat bag’s worth of candy (surely I’m not the only one who does this.) Each of these splurges contains between 200-220 calories and the workout I suggest is the approximate calorie equivalent.
|30 pieces of Candy Corn||Take the dog for a 60-minute walk at a moderate pace
|8 Tootsie Rolls||Practice yoga for 75 minutes
|3 Fun Size bags of M&Ms||Do a 5K fun run with the family
|5 Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups||Ride your bike leisurely for 55 minutes
|6 Fun Size Kit Kats||Interval train for 30 minutes
|Caramel apple||Do a Keeping Fit Pilates session for 50 minutes –which you can do in 5 minute increments through the day.
|2 packs of fun-sized Whoppers||Hit the dance floor… or try Hemalayaa Bollywood Booty, 47 minutes
More ways to Maintain, Not Gain:
- Exercise Your (Calorie) Demons
- A Meditation on Candy Corn
- Move & Groove Halloween Dance Party
- Pumpkin Spice it Up the Healthy Way
See, don’t you feel better already? It’s totally possible to enjoy the holidays – and even indulge a bit – without conjuring up all the diet demons and weight loss warlocks.
Just think of that minor indulgence as an excuse to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous Fall colors or to take some much-needed alone time to get your sweat on.
Next week – and all the way into the New Year – the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge continues with more great strategies for maintaining your weight through the holidays. We’ll be posting everything you need to know on all of our social media sites, including Facebook. That’s where you’ll also find expert advice, community support and great prizes and giveaways. Let us know how you’re doing – post, like, gram or pin us with your progress and you might win one of the many great prizes we’re giving away all throughout the holiday season.