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HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (3,246)
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12/8/11 3:01 P

Your weight is about a day in and out. A random party or going overboard once an while will not make that big of a difference. Remember it takes 3500 extra calories to gain a pound. Part of food is to enjoy as well and is a social event.
If you watch portion sizes that is helpful. Also for myself instead of grazing around a buffet if I focus on making a plate that I would be served as a meal and then a portion of a dessert I feel more satisfied then bits and pieces.

HONEYFLOWER43 Posts: 1,420
12/8/11 9:16 A

my strategy is to take one spoonful of whatever I want an no seconds.

TWILAT Posts: 211
12/8/11 8:33 A

I take very small portions on high calorie foods and load up on the veggies and fruit. I usually have several parties that I can choose to go to. I usually pick one or two and leave it at that.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,845
12/7/11 11:09 P

I will only take small portions of my fave foods. And eat only till 3 quarter's full. Not bursting!

RUTGERSM0M SparkPoints: (72,071)
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12/7/11 10:39 P

Since my co workers know I am working to lose weight and get healthy, they understand me not eating certain foods. When we go to eat at restaurants, I do my research and find what I can enjoy and afford before hand.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,751
12/7/11 9:30 P

I agree with BDAD. I am not going to hide just because I am trying to lose weight. Where is the fun in that?

My game plan is one plate of yummy food, one desert and one drink. I can have as much water as I want.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (296,170)
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12/7/11 9:08 P

I try to avoid them as I am a HUGE fan of party food. I try to plan ahead, but I enjoy all those delicious food choices that you don't normally have on a typical day. Allowing yourself the luxury of a taste of everything will help you not feel deprived and overeat.

TENNISJIM Posts: 10,285
12/7/11 7:03 P

Yes, they are and it's going to be tough to stick to your dietary goals. Everything in moderation.

BDAD038 Posts: 163
12/7/11 6:52 P

Everything is a choice. If I eat a fattening thing here and there doesn't mean I am totally derailed. I just have to make a better choice with my next meal/snack. I'm not going to deprive myself at all the parties or beat myself up over it

FLBEACHBUM7 SparkPoints: (6,754)
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12/7/11 6:24 P

I had one today that was a pot luck. I brought my own lunch and didn't eat the goodies I brought or what my co workers brought. It was hard but I did it!

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (169,469)
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12/7/11 5:53 P

First, I try to eat BEFORE I go to the party so I'm not very hungry, even if it's a dinner party. Then I try to look over everything that is available to eat before I get anything. I pick and choose.

My philosophy is that if I'm going to eat something sweet, I try my best to make it something very special, and even then, I limit the portion size and how often I eat sweets.

Often, there will be veggie trays or fruit trays, which are PERFECT for grazing. If there are dips with them, I take a LITTLE dip.

Finally, make sure to schedule workout time around the party. If I know that I worked out the day before and the day of, I don't get nearly as concerned. You can also include a workout the day after the party.

Enjoy! Good luck! It can be done in the midst of a healthy lifestyle!!

4PEACHES2 SparkPoints: (2,740)
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12/7/11 5:48 P

Holiday parties are here! And they really are troublesome to my week of being super good, then I have a party.

What's your party plans? How do you handle the food when you are there?

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