I usually gain 5-7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.
In the six or so weeks before Thanksgiving i put a real effort into loosing 5 pounds and have not gained it back. I have been trying my best to limit my over eating to the actual holidays and not the entire time.
I am about 3 pounds up at the moment but know that a lot of that is water weight from the extra sodium I have eaten the last few days and not actual fat.
I decided not to weigh in this week and I think that motivated me to not go way overboard as I don't want any nasty weight gain surprises. We had lots of vegetables for Christmas dinner-big spinach salad, pasta salad with lite dressing and artichokes (yum), and a relish tray. Okay, there were lots of high calorie choices too and I did indulge somewhat. I am looking forward to January 1st.
Fitness Minutes: (58,265)
12/26/12 10:19 P
I held up pretty good, all things considered. I had 2 Christmas dinners and I was in charge of the first one so I planned ahead and was able to track everything accurately and stick with the plan. The second Christmas dinner, however, was at my parent's house. I did fine on the meals (I brought lots of fresh veggie sticks) but the dinner...well, I just ate a lot of home-made macaroni and cheese and the green bean casserole (made with broccoli instead of green beans though). I skipped the ham because I'm vegetarian. I ate, like, a full plate and did my best at tracking but I guess I went WAY over my caloric limit. It is ok because it was the only day I messed up and I knew I was going to mess up. One day won't ruin everything long term. But I ate a bunch of chocolate from my stocking first thing in the morning and ate a ton of mom's home made cookies throughout the day. I didn't track the cookies. Believe me, I had a terrible sugar crash, and all day today I was grumpy at work and struggling to stay awake. I never really had a sugar crash before like this and it is foul. I'll never do that again! But I didn't have seconds at dinner like usual, and I skipped all the bubbly Martinelli's apple cider and had water instead, and I cut my one cup of egg nog with regular low fat milk. I hope I will feel better tomorrow. I gave away all the sugary gifts I received by taking them to work and leaving them in the kitchen area for everyone else.
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15,165 12/26/12 9:26 P
reached my 20 lbs goal loss for the whole year so am happy with that and haven't put any back (actually lost the last 5 over the holiday season itself).
But its also been a pain to get the calories in to start with, even on xmas I didn't reach my cal goal, so much running around and everything that I burned almost as much as I took in.
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5,092 12/26/12 8:48 P
Well, in the past 3 days I've managed to eat 30+ cookies. Once I eat the rest of them I'll be back on track (lol, I kid)
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385 12/26/12 8:41 P
Somehow, I think I managed to lose a pound over Christmas. I had some treats, but was pretty diligent about portion sizes. But still...a bit surprised. Maybe the stress of family increased my metabolism.
Also...from the TMI file...I tried to be clever and eat "sugar free" chocolate, without thinking or remembering that my system hates sugar alcohols...the unspeakable results may have inadvertently assisted in temporary and ill-advised weight loss...ug.
Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 12/26/2012 (20:57)
Fitness Minutes: (120)
12/26/12 4:01 P
I'm doing horribly! But I kind of figured this would happen as I am not at home, and relying on others' cooking and eating out. Its going to continue through New Years. But after that I'll be back on track so I'm not too worried.
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8,895 12/26/12 1:50 P
Not perfect by a long shot, but it could have been a lot worse. I limited myself to one serving of things, except turkey; switched to water after 2 drinks, and ate only one chocolate.
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497 12/26/12 1:36 P
I did well with exercise schedule.
Not so well with food planning. Tracking and planning ahead makes all the difference. I noticed I wasn't consistent with food tracking. SOP
12/26/12 1:33 P
Had my one and only planned day of indulgence yesterday. As another poster mentioned, I can't even eat like I used to even if I try. So full at dinner, no seconds. Allowed myself whatever I treats I wanted for dessert, but all I could muster was a piece of cake and a few chocolates. I remember easily eating twice as much without any problems.
About the only thing I went overboard on was the wine, but did that because I was so stressed with my son moving back home after graduating from the state police academy and being in charge of Christmas dinner at my dad's. Lucky for me, all of the leftovers, including the chocolate, stayed over there.
Managed to squeeze in a 30-minute kettlebell workout yesterday, but my body probably needed the rest since I've been pushing so hard. Swimming this afternoon and my cardio kickboxing class tonight, so back on track. No parties lined up this week or for new year's eve, so it's clear sailing. Also, didn't rush out to buy half-price after Christmas candy.
Did not track which I usually do. Ate as moderately as I could. :)
Did get a little fitness in though.
Today, back to basics! We can do this!!!
Fitness Minutes: (27,846)
12/26/12 12:43 P
I mostly tried not to feel guilty for enjoying holiday sweets, but even though I did enjoy many delicious treats, my poor stomach didn't like it at all. It was almost frustrating to not feel well after eating lots of chocolate and gingerbread, but I used to not even notice that feeling. I'm trying to look for the positive and learn from mistakes and notice growth in my food-eating patterns. I have struggled more since I reached my goal weight. I wonder if I ought to set a new goal to lose just 1-2 lbs to stay motivated??!!
Fitness Minutes: (7,311)
12/26/12 11:45 A
I had a mild stomach flu, so my calorie intake was pretty low and I didn't exercise at all. Yesterday was the first day I could eat without feeling sick afterwards, and I ate way too much! Overall, though, not too bad. Totally blew my exercise streak, though.
I didn't track, but I think I was probably within my calories. I ate what I wanted, but I didn't eat until I was stuffed. My scale rewarded me this morning (the 26th) with a 400g loss which put me at my goal weight, so I can't have done that badly!
I ate a peice and a 1/2 of a sugar free apple pie. I also lifted weights for an hour tonight and was on my treadmill for an hour this morning. The pie was my only splurge.
Fitness Minutes: (87,518)
2,050 12/25/12 8:00 P
Went overboard, but that goes with the holidays sometimes. Back on track tomorrow :)
12/25/12 7:42 P
I did great! No cheats, I just stuck to my normal meal plan. :)
12/25/12 7:12 P
Not as well as expected, but not too far off the mark. Tomorrow is another day.
Fitness Minutes: (85,621)
12/25/12 5:43 P
Way to go on forgiving yourself, Grace!
I am having trouble with all the chocolate around (I'm a real chocolate addict), but I am hanging in there, focusing on fitness to create a calorie differential.
Fitness Minutes: (58,325)
12/25/12 5:36 P
so far so good. Have to go for one more meal at the mother in laws. So far I have avoided the pies, not sure I can pass them this evening.
Fitness Minutes: (48,671)
12/25/12 4:58 P
Splurged? Check Okay with it? Yep Back on track? You Betcha
Here's to a successful and happy 2013!
Fitness Minutes: (342)
12/25/12 4:36 P
I also only planned to splurge a little on Christmas eve but ate a little extra the day before and today too but I'm ok with it. I didn't binge and the only way for me to stick with a healthy lifestyle is to relax a little and treat myself once in while so I don't feel deprived and it works! I started the week before thanksgiving and I'm down 16 pounds about even with the holidays. I'm working out more often too so all in all I think I did pretty good!
Me, not too well, unfortunately. But I do know it's okay, and I forgive myself. It could have been a lot worse. My original plan was to only splurge on Christmas Eve....Well, I splurged a little over the weekend (2-3 days before Christmas Eve), didn't do too bad on Christmas Eve itself (full from the weekend, lol) and now today, on Christmas, I'm somewhere in the middle of the road. Definitely above calorie range on all days mentioned!!
It stops tomorrow. Gym first thing in the morning, and back to my normal routine and going full force. I can't wait!! I am actually excited to get off this holiday binge wagon. I've had enough of feeding myself foods that make me feel yucky and bogged down afterwards. What a gross feeling! Too many days in a row of eating a surplus of sweets is really just....nasty.
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