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IVGID Tip: I don’t want to gain 10 pounds this holiday season

Pandora Bahlman
Special to the Bonanza
Pandora Bahlman works out during a group fitness class at the Incline Village Recreation Center.
Courtesy IVGID |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Every holiday season, I eat all the wonderful treats my family and friends create. In fact, I eat as if there will never be another day to consume these lovely delights!

Then January hits and I look a little like Frosty the Snowman before he melted. The fleeting moments of pleasure eating are forgotten and the extra weight remains, sending me into a New Year’s Fat depression.

NOT this year! I am going to be strategic about exercise and nutrition. My end of the year resolution is to stop overindulging and live lighter, healthier and happier.

Here’s my plan:

1: No matter how busy I get, I will exercise a minimum of 50 minutes every day and add 20 extra minutes whenever possible.

2: For exercise, I recommend multi-joint options involving combinations of pushing and pulling motions for maximum calorie burn. The more muscles you recruit, the faster your metabolism becomes. Incline Village Recreation Center group fitness classes or personal training are great exercise options. As for the outdoors, I will participate in the 55+ Snowshoe program or ski during lunch at Diamond Peak Resort.

3: I will only drink one glass of wine at parties. The recommended guidelines for healthy adults is no more than one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two a day for men age 65 and younger.

4: Eat tons of vegetables, lean meat, and don’t drink calories (juice, alcohol, soda, etc.). Need a personal nutrition plan? Make an appointment with Incline Village Recreation Center nutritionist, Jill Whisler.

5: Instead of hitting the workplace candy drawer at 3 p.m., I’ll bring a healthy 200 calorie snack.

6: I’ll drink loads of water. Thirst is often confused for hunger, making me more likely to overeat

7: Sleep 30 more minutes each night.

8: If I do overindulge or miss a workout I will try to remain guilt free and get back to the plan the next day. I will use indulgence moderation, allowing only one indulgence per week

That’s my strategy. No more Frosty the Snowman body! If you love me, don’t feed me; instead, join me for a workout.

Before you start an exercise program, please consult your health care professional.

“IVGID Tip” is a regular feature, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals and visitors with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Pandora Bahlman, Incline Village Recreation Center Manager. Visit InclineRecreation.com or call 775-832-1300 for class schedules, memberships, and personal training information.

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