I love this time of year! Miami is finally cooling off and the leaves are falling (not the way they beautifully fall up north after turning colors of red, yellow and orange, but they try). This time of year really makes me happy and grateful for everything I have, especially my health.
I wanted to update you on my Halloween slim-down challenge with my friends. I told you a few weeks back that a friend of mine wanted to drop some pounds so she could get into the little sassy Halloween costume she picked out. Well it was a success. She, along with a couple other friends who jumped on board, dropped the extra weight and couldn’t be happier. In fact, I even improved some areas by working out with them so much, I suppose it was a win all the way around!
Pre-gaming at My House
We all met at my house a little bit before the Halloween party we were going to. Since we are all dedicated to eating healthy, I decided to cook a big meal for all of my girlfriends and their husbands. We didn’t want to risk going out on the town and temped to cheat on our diets. I made turkey burgers, stuffed cabbage, corn on the cob, and a huge salad. It was delicious and we were too full to even think about any sweets that will be offered to us.
Sight for Fun Eyes
It was hilarious to look around at all of us adults dressed up in our costumes. My husband and I were Indians, another couple was Eskimos, and by best friend and her husband were Cat Woman and Batman. They all looked great and really confident.
The party we went to was held by the same people who threw a Zumba party a few months ago. The entertainment was way over the top and perfect for Halloween! There were dance performers, live singers and a huge Zumba star was there signing autographs. It was exciting and we all really enjoyed ourselves.
Save Some Fun for the Kids
As much fun as I had with my friends at the party, I am even more excited to spend tonight with my 4-year-old, Mia. My husband and I are taking her around the neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. She looks so cute in her little Strawberry Shortcake costume. After it came in the mail, I had her try it on to make sure she was comfortable. Needless to say it took her hours to finally agree to take it off.
Walking outside with your kids is great exercise and a lot of fun. However, I know how easy it is to reach in their bags and grab some chocolate. But don’t do it! Once you’ve had one, it’ll be really hard to stop and before you know it, you’ve just eaten half of their bag. Not only will you have cheated on your diet and consumed a ton of calories, but your kids probably won’t be too happy with you either.
Do these tips to be prepared:
- Eat dinner before you go
- Bring a bottle of water if you’re walking around a lot
- Bring a small Zip Lock bag of almonds if you think your going to get hungry
- Skip the cocktails the neighbors offer you (if they’re anything like mine)
- If your child got a lot of candy, don’t be afraid to toss some out (your dentist will appreciate it too)
If Your Not Going Trick-or-Treating
This year, don’t hand out chocolates and gummy’s. One of our neighbors, and older guy, always hands out kids pencils, erasers, mini kids books, pencil sharpeners, etc. I asked him if this stuff cost him a fortune. He replied saying he got it all at the dollar store and cost as much as a few large bags of candies would. I was impressed and decided when Mia gets older and stops Trick-or-Treating, I was going to hand out little school supplies too.
So remember, Halloween is supposed to be fun, but it’s also for the kids, so don’t steal their candy! Be prepared to have chocolate in your face and have a back-up plan with almonds or chewing gum. If you’re going out with friends, don’t drink and opt to be the designated driver so you stick to the no drinking policy. Dance as much as you can to burn extra calories and have a great time. Laugh alone is a fat burner and not to mention, awesome for your abs. I would love to hear how things go tonight with your Halloween experience! Have fun and be safe.