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MSHEL7 Posts: 3,335
12/9/13 10:29 A

Christmas shopping, we have to go so far from home to shop that you are almost guaranteed to be eating out, maybe even more than once in a day. I try to take healthy snacks and pack lunches when I know we will be gone for most of the day.

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LNTHACKER94 SparkPoints: (13,990)
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12/9/13 9:55 A

Baking and overeating mainly sweets for me.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.-- Ayn Rand

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. --Aristotle

MYAKAYAH Posts: 6,640
12/9/13 5:53 A

not exercising and tracking your food are the biggest issues I do believe!

kayah Sin City, NV

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MIFITNOW Posts: 2,656
12/9/13 4:41 A

Baking cookies with kids - who can resist?

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,745)
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12/9/13 4:07 A

I go back to my hometown and see a whole lot of friends--breakfast out, lunch out, drinks, dinner, more drinks. And then family dinners and breakfasts. It's too cold and snowy usually to suggest something like a walk instead of meeting in a bar, but I have arranged for a pedicure date with one of my friends.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann
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12/8/13 10:15 P


Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.
JIACOLO SparkPoints: (322,934)
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12/8/13 9:13 P

Parties are tough for sure!

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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (106,117)
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12/8/13 9:10 P

Baking trays of Nanimo Bars -- 11 x 17 pans which we put in tins and give to friends and family.....hmmmm

THOMAS.H Posts: 16,767
12/8/13 8:23 P

Christmas parties.


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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JEN_IN_CA Posts: 1,177
12/8/13 8:09 P

Going back to my hometown. There aren't many healthy/non-chain restaurants and most bars don't really even serve wine, so getting together with old friends to go out is difficult. Plus staying at my parents' house, as they don't eat nearly as healthy as my bf and I do, and their house is full of things I don't normally eat or keep in our house.

One positive is that I should have more free time while I'm there, and will hopefully get in a lot of good workouts!

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SUSAN727 Posts: 1,444
12/8/13 7:34 P

Eating the holiday pot lucks with co-workers and at different family homes.


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BABYSOX SparkPoints: (88,322)
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12/8/13 7:11 P

Having people over and they bring baking with them.

Enjoy the process
ASHLEYAMBER0710 Posts: 244
12/8/13 6:54 P

I usually bake a huge tray of holiday goodies with my kids for our neighbors and friends. I know my kids have already brought it up this year. I was hoping to get away with out doing it but I think its just tradition.

TOPOHOKO Posts: 32
12/8/13 6:00 P

we fondue on the holidays

LUZON49 Posts: 684
12/8/13 5:41 P

going to work.......During the holidays there are candies, cookies, pizza, burgers, hotdogs, and assorted ethnic goodies (like biriani) that are offered to me because they love me so much (and are trying to kill me evidently)....
I have tried to say no to those things and was partially successful a couple years ago...actually changed the class tradition from junk food to fruit skewers for parties......
Not this year though. My first two 'presents were gift cards with 6 lbs of candy.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,109
12/8/13 5:36 P

Family events, I love my family, but getting together can cause a major bout of over eating

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VKKESU Posts: 974
12/8/13 5:16 P

I bake 400-500 cookies for our customers. I've perfected to the best of the best cookies ......... I'm really bad at licking the bowl. lol

Today ......... I ate 1/2 of my favorite pb cookie and it was SO SWEET it was too much !! Yea for me ! Still ate a molasses though. lol But only 1 .

If you don't love can you expect others to.
QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 11,098
12/8/13 4:29 P

My sense of nostalgia and baking can be my worst saboteurs, thankfully I've learned to practice portion control.

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"Choices, not sacrifices."
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12/8/13 2:38 P


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12/8/13 2:34 P


If this was your last day, how would you spend it?
LKG9999 Posts: 1,597
12/8/13 2:26 P

Traveling and staying with family. They go out of their way to make delicious dinners and many of the breakfasts are carb-heavy. Planning to have a discussion with them before I go to bring them up to speed on my lower-carb plan and ask them to stock up on some items for me so I have at least some healthy alternatives.

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TINA8605 SparkPoints: (57,339)
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12/8/13 1:01 P

I put a small heart on the palm of my hand every day during the holidays to remind myself not to undo every effort I've made at this point. It is amazing how long it takes to loose a pound and how fast you can gain it back. No one else has to know what it means but you.

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12/8/13 12:56 P

ZBMORGAN Posts: 782
12/8/13 9:37 A

My weakness is gingerbread anything, and that 'it's only here for a few weeks' does sometimes get me.

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12/8/13 8:07 A


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12/8/13 7:58 A


JULESELLEN Posts: 1,710
12/8/13 7:50 A

It takes a lot of will power to pass up all the special cookies, candies, etc that folks want to share at the office. Going to have to keep a mental picture that I do not want to look "more" like Mrs. Claus after the holidays.
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12/8/13 7:26 A

Holiday dinners

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12/8/13 7:14 A

Snacks at holiday parties!


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12/8/13 5:24 A

I really don't have one but it is nice to have something different. Remember smaller portions help

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12/8/13 12:27 A


RUNANDRUN SparkPoints: (27,398)
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12/7/13 11:04 P

The endless goodies dropped off at the office.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (40,971)
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12/7/13 10:52 P

Mine is baking. I love to bake and to eat what I bake. My problem this year is I want to bake, but most everyone is on a diet or eating healthier etc so should we bakers bake? Even lower calorie recipes can blow someone else's diet.

FLAGLINDA Posts: 501
12/7/13 8:51 P

Baking and fudge! I only make fudge once a year because I have no control around it. I am waiting until Christmas morning to make it and its going home with somebody, I don't care who!

KLASSIE Posts: 691
12/7/13 8:43 P

Holiday parties, especially when the food is presented buffet style, and alcohol and desserts are offered without boundaries.

Blessed and highly favored,

FRAN0426 SparkPoints: (209,141)
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12/7/13 5:11 P

Baking cookies and candy for gifts( most of it). I won't give someone goodies for the holiday until I try them---then of course I have favorites which some I will not be baking this year

JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
12/7/13 4:59 P

breakfast and dinner

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12/7/13 4:40 P

Visiting friends with their homemade fudge.

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WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (31,375)
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12/7/13 3:22 P

If I get too upset I am more likely to eat more than I should. Today I went to my writing club. A man shared an idea for a book he wanted to sell that involved a serial killer and a 10 year old girl. I did the right thing by walking out of the meeting before I had to listen to any more. I did two great things for my diet. I got exercise by walking to the meeting and I avoided anxiety by walking out of the meeting.

Edited by: WWREFUGEE1942 at: 12/7/2013 (15:27)
12/7/13 2:11 P

definitely going to other people's houses!

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12/7/13 2:01 P

family togethers. Besides Christmas, we have a big wedding too. granddaughter getting married on Jan 3rd.

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12/7/13 1:49 P

Baking cookies!!!

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THOMAS.H Posts: 16,767
12/7/13 12:20 P



"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
RANDALLWM Posts: 109
12/7/13 11:42 A

drinking alcohol

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
12/7/13 11:38 A

traveling- a tendency to rely on convenience food or fast food, less opportunity/energy for exercise, increased stress level

unhealthy food gifts- being given large quantities of something like homemade cookies and not wanting it around but not wanting to just toss it because it was a gift.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (121,816)
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12/7/13 11:04 A

Visiting is probably my biggest challenge. The next would be holiday baking. I love to give people Christmas cookies as gifts, but that comes with a price to my waistline.

JCOW84 SparkPoints: (8,734)
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12/7/13 10:35 A

Visiting is the worst for me - dining out is okay because I generally stick to healthy salads, dressing on the side. However, when visiting friends/family for dinner it's really hard to limit alcohol and food intake without seeming rude. That's what I struggle with for sure.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (84,101)
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12/7/13 10:24 A

Sweets, and cookies.


LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/7/13 9:57 A

Dining out and traveling for me.

When dining out the temptations are too great and when traveling you pretty much have to live off of restaurant food.

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12/7/13 9:33 A

Which activity do you really have to watch out for?
Dining Out?
Is there is any time or situation that has traps or more opportunities to overeat? Please share.

The only "diet" that works is consistency!


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