Dealing with Stress Over the Holidays

Stress Less + Be Mindful

The holidays can be a happy yet stressful time. Our calendars are overscheduled, we’re frazzled preparing for guests and parties or worried about the cost of buying gifts and hosting friends and family. Take care of yourself this year and manage your stress. Focus on being mindful, present and thankful for your family, friends, health and well-being.

Simplify Your Commitments

It’s okay to say no! It’s important to not overcommit yourself. Only schedule the happy hours and parties that mean the most to you. Your waistline (and your wallet) will thank you. DO schedule time for yourself. Put a date on the calendar where you relax and take care of yourself: whether that’s a long bubble bath, quality time with family or alone-time doing a favorite hobby.

Be Mindful and Disconnect

The holidays call for celebration and quality time spent with loved ones. Stay present with friends and family and remember what matters most during this special season. While technology makes life easier, it can also make prevent us from being truly present. Stop checking Facebook, put away your phone and be present this holiday season.

Pay it Forward

Be kind. The point of the holiday season is to be thankful and gracious for what we have. Take a moment every day to reflect on what you’re truly grateful for and pay it forward. Small acts of kindness, such as shoveling your neighbor’s driveway, being courteous to employees at stores, inviting an elderly neighbor over for dinner and smiling and complimenting a stranger can spread joy throughout your community.

3 Tips for Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

Week 3: Healthy Holiday Eating

Let’s be honest, eating healthy over the holidays can be hard. The key word this holiday season is going to be balance. Whether you are traveling, hosting a meal, or attending holiday parties, we got you covered with healthy eating tips.

When You’re on the Go

If you’re traveling over the holidays, eat a healthy, well-balanced meal at home before you leave for your trip. Also, make a healthy snack pack filled with portable foods like nuts, apples, hummus and vegetables, and low-sugar granola or protein bars. If you need to eat out, head to a local grocery store instead of a fast food location for healthier, whole food options.

Portions at Parties

You’re at a party and there are trays of cheese, mini appetizers and cookies. They’re small so they can’t have too many calories, right? Wrong. Try to keep a count of how many bite-size appetizers you’re eating. One easy way to manage portions is to use a smaller plate. Also, make sure you’re filling up at least half your plate with healthy options to maintain a balance.

Navigating Holiday Feasts

Skip the pre-dinner breads and strategically placed dishes of nut mixes and candies. This will save hundreds of calories and you now have room to indulge in the decadent, once-a-year dishes you truly enjoy. Savor in moderate proportions and avoid second helpings.

How to Win Prizes This Month

Congratulations to the November HEALTHpoints winners of Nutribullet Blenders.

  • Brian – Denver
  • Becky – Arvada
  • Angel – Commerce City
  • Becky – Denver

Want to win a prize this month? Earn 300 or more HEALTHpoints in December and you will automatically be entered into the monthly prize drawing for (3) $100 REI Gift Cards. 

Good Luck!

Staying Healthy at Work Over the Holidays

We spend a large portion of our waking hours at work, so it’s important to engage in healthy behaviors when you’re in the office. It can be difficult when every time you walk into the break room there is a tray of cookies or donuts are being served at your morning meeting. Make it a point this year to be healthy at work and lead by example. If you’re being healthy, others may follow suit.

Avoid the Break Room

If the break room is where the treats are, avoid it! You will be less tempted by a treat you don’t see!

Stock up on Healthy Snacks

Keep healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, or yogurt around. If you’re full on healthy items, you won’t reach for that cookie as a hunger impulse. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, too. Oftentimes hunger is confused with thirst.

Counteract the Calories

It takes willpower to say no every time. if you want to enjoy that piece of cake – go for it! But add in a little extra activity to make up for those additional calories. Take the stairs, walk the long way to the restroom, or go for a quick walk.

Creating Healthier Holiday Traditions

Week 1: Healthier Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving – a holiday that the term ‘food coma’ probably originated from – can make sticking to your health goals difficult. Rest assured – it is possible to enjoy Thanksgiving without stuffing yourself (leave that to the turkey). Let’s kick off the holiday season with a healthy start.

Manage Your Portions

With a little planning, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving favorites and avoid going to bed ten pounds heavier. Depending on what time of the day you sit down for your big meal, eat a healthy breakfast and avoid snacking throughout the day. At meal time, survey the options. Skip the items you don’t enjoy as much, while leaving room to indulge (moderately) in your favorites.

Cook Healthier Alternatives

If you’re hosting, try cooking healthier options of your less healthy family favorites. For example, try roasting vegetables in oil instead of baking them in butter or swap half the potatoes for cauliflower in your mashed potatoes – no one will notice the difference! Check out our Pinterest page for more healthy Thanksgiving meal ideas.

Create Active Holiday Traditions

Create a new Thanksgiving tradition of doing something active. Sign-up for a Turkey Trot with friends or family, try our Planksgiving workout, play a game of touch football before the big meal (work up an appetite) or go for a post-meal (pre-dessert) walk around your neighborhood.

Congratulations Fall Team Challenge Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fall 2018 Weigh & Win Team Challenge. We had 137 teams participate across Colorado.

Weight Improvement Team Challenge Winners

  • 1st Place – Big Losers, 11.56% avg. weight improvement
  • 2nd Place – New Dimensions, 9.26% avg. weight improvement
  • 3rd Place – Date Night Moms, 8.95% avg. weight improvement

HEALTHpoints Team Challenge Winners

  • 1st Place – Winner Winner Chicken Dinner,
    9,461.75 avg. Team HEALTHpoints
  • 2nd Place – Achilles Pikes Peak,
    8,412.25 avg. Team HEALTHpoints
  • 3rd Place – The Fit-astic Four,
    7,425.5 avg. Team HEALTHpoints

The winning teams earned great prizes like Visa Gift Cards, Smart Scales, Bluetooth Headphones, and more. Plus, the winning teams each selected a local Colorado charity to receive $1,000 donation.

Success Story: Melody W.

Learn how Weigh and Win helped Melody achieve a healthier weight and how you can too!

Melody W.

  • Lost 55 pounds
  • 19% weight improvement
  • Earned $75

What motivated you to join Weigh and Win?

My health was the biggest motivator. I am a diabetic and I was taking 50 units of insulin twice a day, along with 4 pills. I wanted to get healthy and be a good role model for my kids.

Why has Weigh and Win worked for you?

The daily emails encouraged me and helped me along the way. The rewards are my favorite part. It’s just a good incentive, to find out that someone is going to pay you and keep you accountable. I’m using my reward money to go to Elitch Gardens. I can’t wait to get on the rides and to FIT in the seats.

How has your life changed since your weight loss?

Personally, I feel better about myself. I enjoy clothing shopping now, running after my granddaughter, keeping up with my 8-year old, and riding a bike. I can walk up a flight of stairs and don’t feel like I need to call 911.

My blood sugars are controlled now through healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. I also no longer need to take insulin and am down to 1-2 pills a day for the diabetes. Additionally, I am off the high blood pressure medication.

Do you have any advice for new participants?

My advice comes from a wise friend. She told me the that all choices are hard. When it comes down to it, we have to choses the “hard” that we want to continue to have. For example, it’s hard to lose weight. It’s very hard! But it’s also HARD to live with the weight on my body. It’s hard to choose the salad when others are having the double bacon cheeseburgers, but it’s also hard to buy clothes when you’re overweight. Life is full of choices, HARD choices, and I must choose which HARD I am willing to take.

I want people who are starting to know that they CAN succeed. I want them to know that I do understand where they are. When I started I was in a size 22 to 24. In the fifth grade I was in a size 18W. I have literally struggled with weight my entire life. I am currently in a size 14 to 16. This feeling is better than any cheeseburger!