That's right. We are talking about the upcoming holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Not only do the number of alcohol related accidents increase but also, so do waistlines.

Most people experience their (relatively) lowest weight and best muscle tone around September every year. This is usually because of New Year resolutions and more activity over the summer. In the same way, most people see all their results evaporate and disappear by the time New Year's Day comes around.

The fall is party time and most of us are conditioned to join in on all the festivities. As early as Halloween, the parties bring candy, cookies, cakes, bagels, huge dinners, eggnog, ice cream, lots of alcohol and late nights which all add up to a major overload on our bodies. Nobody wants to be a party pooper.

Are we doomed to fall into this vicious cycle?

"It is very possible to survive and even thrive during the holiday season if you recognize the pitfalls and plan ahead," say Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel and authors of the new book, TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). "The secret to navigating holidays is to set a goal that allows you to participate without all the collateral damage that usually occurs." What kind of goal you may ask?

"It is not mandatory that you gain weight and get fatter during the holiday season. A goal of actually reducing body fat and toning muscle between now and New Year's Day, is ideal," according to Tom Griesel. "Just have a plan. Remember, many are successful at having extra cash for presents in December because they started saving in September. You can do the same thing to stay in shape or even better, improve your body and health so you arrive at parties extra spectacular!"

The first step is getting over your skepticism and contemplating the possibilities and the benefits. Establish your goal and let everyone know what it is. You'll be surprised when others think it's a great idea. Those that don't are not your concern. Post a copy of your goal on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, computer screen and anyplace else that will allow you to see it often. This will serve as a constant reminder to both your conscious and subconscious mind. The results of taking just this one step will amaze you. The Griesels conclude, "Do not be afraid of setting a goal that is a bit of a stretch. Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will still end up out there with the stars!"