Most of you are probably left with a house that looks strangely bare, and a counter of leftover treats that were gifted to you. It's time to time to get back on track.
My advice to you?
1. Get rid of the junk. Unless your neighbors cookies are New York Times Best Seller level, they are probably not work keeping on the counter. (No offense to your darling neighbor.) It's just that if they are sitting there, with the plastic wrap loosely tucked around the Santa Clad plate, the chances of you sneaking your little paws under that all too loose saran-wrap are FAR to high. Don't tempt your self. I bet you won't even miss the goodies once they are gone. And I give you permission to tell your darling neighbor that, "those cookies were SO good; they disappeared." ;)
2. Down some H20. Drink a lot of water to try and flush your system of all of the creamy, gooey, cheesy, sodium-filled goodness you've indulged in the past few weeks.
3. Get moving. Make some exercise commitments to yourself. The only way to get rid of those extra calories you consumed over the holidays is to burn them off. The only way to burn them off is to get moving. Find some fun activities you can involve the whole family in that are active. Play with that new basketball hoop, go ice skating, go skiing, ride that new bike, (weather permitting of course), give that new ipod a whirl at the gym....do SOMETHING.
4. Make a meal plan for the week. The family is home. You're out of your normal routine. It's easy to throw caution to the wind and decide to eat out every night for lack of better preparation...or energy. BUT, you'll feel so much better with some home cooked, healthy goodness in your belly.
5. Start Resolution-izing. New years is just around the corner. Start your health and fitness goals now.
6. Don't be so hard on yourself. Life gets crazy. We never have as much time as we think we will. Maybe you ate too much, or didn't get to work out enough. The past is gone, and there is nothing you can do about it. You always have the power to change the future. Forget the unchangeable, and do something about today! Set small goals to help you achieve bigger ones. You CAN do it. I know you can. :)