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For Xmas dinner my goal is to have one plate, and have a smaller amount of everything that I love. I drink water instead of other drinks, and if anyone asks why you are drinking water just say that you want to save your calories for delicious dinner! I'm a huge roll/bread person, so I will have one of those instead of two and I dip it in my gravy which I will eat anyways instead of using butter.
I may be in the minority here, but I eat whatever I want. It's only one day. It's not one day that got you there and it's not one day that will make you gain weight. To even gain one pound, you would have to eat 3,500 calories ABOVE what your BMR + activity level, so that could be like 5,200 calories for many people. That's A LOT of calories and not exactly easy to do.
However, I make sure it is just ONE day. No leftovers, extra desserts, etc. come home with me and I'm not eating my way through holiday preparations. If your have been eating well and practicing portion control, your body won't even let you go that crazy. I would load up on veggies first and then try a little bit of all of your favorites that you don't get any other time of year. And then don't beat yourself up about it. Stay off the scale for a few days as well since you'll be retaining extra water and the food has a weight as well before it is eliminated.
Enjoy the day and the indulgences. Eat slowly and savor it. Don't gobble it down like you are a criminal doing something wrong or trying to hide something. Don't tell yourself you've "ruined everything" so you might as well keep going through the new year. Eat well in the days before and after, don't skip meals and maybe see if your can up your cardio or do some intervals, but don't go crazy with the exercise either.
I'm not doing dairy right now and getting my fats from good sources like olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados. On Thanksgiving, I at a lot of high fat foods as well as dairy. I actually felt sick from it. That will definitely temper my approach for Christmas.
But you are right about the alcohol. It definitely lowers the inhibitions. I would just stick with one glass of wine with dinner to avoid trouble. I find if I feel like I'm depriving myself at holidays, I just eat more later and enjoy it a lot less. I'm sure you'll be fine. Just enjoy the day!
My advice is to avoid the wine. When I drink, it lowers my self control and then I want to eat anything in sight. Have fun and concentrate on the togetherness factor and think about how you want to look in your wedding dress. I reached my goal weight this year and I continue to face the challenge of parties and dinners, but I visualize ahead of time what I will eat and remember how great it feels to be thin and wear nice clothes. It's the best Christmas gift I could give myself and it keeps on giving all year round.
Well, tomorrow my fiancÚ and I go out of town to my mom and dad's house for Christmas. My family has a long standing tradition of oyster stew (for the adults mostly) and homemade chicken noodle soup (for the kids) on Christmas Eve, and then of course on Christmas there's the big Christmas dinner.
Now, in the past when I've been dieting but have to spend time with my family, I've cheated. I take responsibility for that because I need to control myself, but they don't make it easy for me. They drink a lot of alcohol and eat a lot of great food. So I always end up saying, "oh screw it, I'll have a glass of wine," and then it's all downhill from there; before I know it I've eaten a bunch of crap I feel guilty about, and drank a bunch of wine I feel guilty about, and then the next day I feel like crap, which is not motivating, let me tell you!
This time is a little bit different. I'm getting married next October so that's the real treat I'm dangling in front of myself as a motivator. So I'm that much more motivated. I'm not really worried about Xmas Eve dinner, the soup. I already tracked it so now I already know what I'm working with. And I'm even feeling ok about Xmas dinner.. I know that there are going to be like 10 times more calories than Xmas eve dinner, but I'll get a good workout in, and I'll just have to make healthier choices.
I always hate it when I see people say "I hope I can do it." Because it's like.. you're the one in control of you, it's all up to you to make the decisions so don't HOPE, just do it. But I know that's easier said than done. Like I said, I'll be with family and it will be joyful and they'll be drinking and I WILL want to drink some wine. I'll even convince myself it's not that bad. Really, all I want is to stay in line, or at least not go too far out of bounds- keep my eye on the prize, but also to have fun.
What kind of strategies do you guys have to staying on track this Xmas?
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