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11/18/13 12:26 A

no problem..

GRANDKATZ SparkPoints: (42,356)
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11/17/13 5:56 P

Thanksgiving was in mid Oct in Canada, so just Christmas looming. Already I'm drawn to the food goodies in stores, so creating lists, planning to stick to them and looking straight ahead in food stores, so no diverging.

emoticon emoticon It's The Most Challenging Time of the Year! emoticon

Edited by: GRANDKATZ at: 11/17/2013 (17:56)
CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,609)
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11/17/13 3:00 P

It is difficult...friends bringing over trays (large) filled w/ goodies.

LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/14/13 5:54 A

R2DRobin I know just how you feel. I am nervous too! We can do this!! Let's be positive!! emoticon

R3DROBIN Posts: 1,389
11/13/13 10:36 P

oh my the holidays are hard. I wish I had any confidence that I wasn't goin to blow it with food

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
11/13/13 10:05 P

Holidays are tough we have to drink our water that's important and try not to drink alcohol because it has empty calories and make sure we continue to exercise and try to reach for the healthier foods, but it's difficult so if your going to eat something that you don't normally eat , remember moderation is key!

GLEORIA SparkPoints: (67,497)
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11/13/13 9:42 P

I will have to manage to not overindulge on the leftovers.

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (45,448)
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11/13/13 2:50 P

The actual holidays-- Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day-- shouldn't be too bad, because we celebrate with my folks who eat really healthy. So there will definitely be healthy options available. Honestly, it's the month in between-- parties, get-togethers, baking, caroling, church potlucks-- AND all the stress of just being busy. I'm going to do my best but I'm going to be content with merely maintaining throughout December.

LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/13/13 11:32 A

Great suggestion Sherylds! I love coffee and tea. emoticon and Fruit too!

Edited by: LEWASKO at: 11/13/2013 (11:32)
KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/13/13 11:31 A

The holidays have never been a big deal to me. I usually only eat the main meal and rarely have leftovers to worry about. I don't drink so that's not a problem. This year I'm going to fly across the country and spend Christmas with my Grandkids, Daughter and Son in Law. It will be low stress.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,153
11/13/13 10:59 A

this is a time of year when I really need a nice selection of fruit that I can grab when I see all the chocolate is in sight or advertised on tv. And I find that having a nice collection of special coffees and special teas, helps...a nice cup of cappuccino and I'm a happy camper.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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11/13/13 10:06 A

I have discovered that the smells of the baking and cooking are as enjoyable as the eating for me. I so enjoy the smells that it makes it a little easier to eat in moderation. I also find that getting enough sleep is key for me.

LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/13/13 9:53 A

Any suggestions anyone has for staying strong at a holiday gathering I would be grateful for. I have the first of many in the upcoming months this Friday and I NEED STRENGTH! I think if I skip that glass of wine I may be able keep my resolve a little better.

I welcome advice, words of wisdom or just encouragement!! emoticon

11/13/13 5:52 A

We don't have Thanksgiving in Europe, but we do have Christmas of course. Years ago we decided not to be ruled by tradition, and simply make a lovely meal. Last year my husband made beetroot gravadlax, we had spinach, roast veggies and he also baked a rye loaf. For an extra treat we had butter. Why not start your own traditions?

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,707
11/12/13 12:36 P

I'm with PTREE15 - exercise is key for me. Helps me stay on track, feeling good, etc. Also gives me less time sitting around when I can shovel in food which is really the danger for me.

My family has gotten very small - just parents, sister and me - and last year, everyone but myself worked on Thanksgiving. Which means, I have a lot more control over what gets cooked and what doesn't. I also am a lot more conscious of what in in everything, and tend to spend my calorie buck on things I really like (pumpkin pie, wild rice stuffing) versus things that are there (green bean casserole - I'd eliminate it, but it's my sister's favorite - and mashed potatoes).

LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/12/13 12:20 P

I feel like it's the same thing every year. Weight gain and remorse after the holidays. I want to make this year different!! I know it's going to take ALOT of self control and sensible behavior. That is why i am back here on SP. I need to read all of your great successes, suggestions, and support!.

Thanks! emoticon Here's to enjoying the holidays without overeating!!

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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11/12/13 12:04 P

I am going to watch the portions and maintain my exercise regimen. When I exercise, I make better food choices. I know it gets busy during this season, but I will make sure I get in at least 30 minutes a day of intense exercise. I will shoot for 45 minutes, though.

11/12/13 8:05 A

Since I do most of the cooking at my house, I generally lose my big appetite when we sit down to dinner since I've been smelling and tasting all day. Then, I send everyone else home with the leftovers and most of the desserts and keep very little for my husband and I -- we can usually finish our leftovers in a couple of days. Done, overwith! I also try and remind myself about that totally awful full feeling you get after a big meal along with a racing heart. Not good! That's enough for me to keep me eating light.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,153
11/11/13 12:33 P

my biggest weakness are the carbs that are a big part of the holidays.
Hard to turn down those foods people went thru so much trouble to make,
yet for me (a recovering carboholic), it's a big temptation that makes me want more.

I've got to keep telling myself...back away from the cookies, mashed potatoes, pie
Just say no.....{....well maybe just one...}

MLAN613 Posts: 17,556
11/11/13 8:08 A

I actually chose to start my healthy lifestyle December 17, 2007. Yep, a week before Christmas. And I was able to enjoy the holidays without going nuts. And I still practice that today. Since 2009, I also run a 10k on Thanksgiving morning. I make room for a little indulgance! emoticon

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,203
11/10/13 9:02 A

yikes, time to start planning now. I'm planning on lots of walks, weather permitting

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
11/10/13 5:49 A

I'm planning to go to a Christmas buffet at a nice hotel with a good friend for Christmas.

Also a possible lunch date with other friends one weekend.

Nothing definite yet. But I will let loose a little and eat what I want, within reasonable limits. That it, I won't stuff myself silly! But I will eat till I've had enough, not till I'm fit to burst!

TCANNO SparkPoints: (307,656)
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11/10/13 4:46 A

If I can do what I did last year I will be ok.

I made room for somethings and left others out . I still went over but not enough to put on weight

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (512,660)
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11/9/13 11:29 P

I plan to stay strong over the holidays by watching my portions.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/9/13 7:59 P

I believe what has your focus has you. so if you focus on the food then you will have problems. I focus on the people, the gift giving, the pretty holiday colors and my healthy life style then the food is not an issue.

KITTYCAT64 Posts: 599
11/9/13 6:42 P

I am going to change up the turkey meal for sure. We have had candied yams, and broccoli casserole for forty years, I know.. this year I am baking yams with the Apple slices every other one, then doing something different with broccoli. Any ideas on that? Christmas is one meal and I can keep the damage controlled on ,Christmas Eve. Plus I don't do anything on New Years eve.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,935
11/9/13 6:27 P

Its about my family. And my family loves to eat. So I have to stay calm and not eat everything in sight

11/9/13 5:49 P

Meg- enjoy your holiday and don't worry about changes. It happens to all of us sooner or later.

11/9/13 5:47 P

I won't have a lot of choice this year. I have a physical and blood work scheduled for January.
BP and cholesterol must be down by then.
But it's not the end of the world.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (229,567)
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11/9/13 4:51 P

My plan is to eat what I want on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, those days are also our grandson's birthday and our son's birthday, I'm cooking, baking and eating. Thanksgiving, I eat on the day and the next day. New Years Eve and New Years Day I eat. Other days, it's the veggies and proteins, ad nauseum................not having anything tasty at all leads to super binges the whole months of January and February. At least in my personal history.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,153
11/9/13 3:27 P

it would be a nice time to start your own family traditions. Best wishes

MEGMEG2216 SparkPoints: (7,570)
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11/9/13 3:15 P

This year we are 4 states away from our family so its going to be just myself, my husband and our little man. I will be cooking a small but traditional meal for the three of us.
I think my biggest hurdle will be not eating away my guilt and sadness of not seeing everyone this year.
I'm going to concentrate on spending time with my guys and having some fun. We are planing on video chatting with our families so we can sort of be there, at least for a moment anyway. I'm going to remember how thankful I am for the work my husband does and the lifestyle he provides for us.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,153
11/9/13 2:36 P

Holiday Overeating isn't just about Stress
It's about celebrating, socializing, and holiday foods.
It's about the food people bring into work.
It's about fighting crowds, fighting for parking, holiday gridlock.
It's about cooking and baking, tasting, and sampling.
It's about people who show you they love you by making your favorites.
It's about family and friends who spent hours cooking for you
It's about getting together with family and regressing to childhood behavior
It's about people who sabotage you
It's about family who want to have treats in the cupboard,
It's about having something for guests who stop by.
It's about unsolicited comments from folks who haven't seen you in a while
It's about get togethers with friends who aren't watching their weight
It's about how you feel about yourself, your self control, and your attitude

and if you are an 'All or Nothing' type out


Great article from the Huffington Post
Emotional Eating: How Holiday Stress Trigger Problems

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