You have the choices it is not the holidays fault if you over indulge. Freeze the stuff, give to another friend, donate to a shelter etc. We make our holidays what we want. I am expecting to gain my 5 lbs back if so oh well. I am in this seriously but my Christmas time is mine, and if I want to over indulge I can and will. I did and am :) I want my cake and eat it too and my candies and stuffing etc. I refuse to hold back after doing all the work, and truth be told I never gain at Christmas time, I maintain due to doing the work and love walking and seeing all the decorated houses and the enjoying the cool fresh air, so all is really great for me! If I did not over do it I could probably lose another 5 lbs. but I'd rather enjoy to my fullest and maintain. I love the holidays and went out yesterday and bought my husband a few half priced gifts to stash for Valentine's day. Now is the time to hit the fragrances while prices are marked down. I got him some colognes and a neat laser and lcd flashlight. I am going today to get the sexy undies that are marked down. I'm always ahead and stress free too. Holidays are very special here in my home. :)
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I know. I'm exactly the same. It always takes me months to get back where I was.
Lynn, with teenagers around, I barely get a glance at the treats as they come in! It works great, they eat most, whats left looks horrible, and they have the stamina and metabolism to handle it (only during this last time of the year).
To Ann (23Kaiya): Congratulations on the incredible job you are doing--over 76 lbs! Sounds like you really know what you are talking about! I am especially happy to read your message because my son's girlfriend is from Alaska. She is so lovely that I'm thrilled to talk with anyone from her home state.
Looking at what you've made as something for someone else is an excellent perspective. I think I could do that. Besides after looking at the same food for awhile, it's not quite as exciting. What about the treats coming into your home? How do you talk yourself out of those? My best, Lynn
I have a teenager and I'm very open so her friends are over a lot! They help with the ones coming in, it's easy not to eat the ones going out because they are for someone else. A couple weeks of nonstop baking every spare minute of every day, followed by a day or so of driving in holiday traffic with Alaska winter weather, leaves me amped so I work out a lot too.
To Kim (ONLYZOMBIECAT): I know that scaling back & cutting out a lot of the periphery of the holidays has made many families happier & the holidays more enjoyable for them. I don't think, however, that it would work well for me. Of course there are times when everything seems a bit overwhelming, but I get so much pleasure in making things & doing for others that I think cutting back on the holidays would make me more depressed than gaining weight does--especially when you add my kids' birthdays on the 24th & 29th. I would feel as if I were cheating them. And I'm proud when friends admire what I've done for them and of the creativity required. I know in this sense I'm not in tune with current trends. But I really like putting up my lifesize mummy and tombstone, etc. & pushing on through the holidays--decorating for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and being a bit excessive with everything all along the way. I also do a lot of volunteer work. It's just the food that gets me. And it's solely my problem. People--grown ups & kids--like to come to my house. Everyone else in my family is pretty trim (as I was before a major medical event), so cutting back on the feasting wouldn't really be fair to the rest of them. I need to pump up my self-control (and not beat myself up over it when I fail, as you say).
To MOM2ACAT: Freezing is a great idea. Maybe if I put the frozen things on a lower shelf, I'll forget what's there. Late at night, right before I go to bed is the worst for me. That's when I really crave something sweet. Maybe if I make the single portion small enough, I can have my cake & eat it too, as they say. Thanks!
I give baked goods, baking for a couple weeks to prepare and give plates with assorted goods. There is usually chaos and craziness but people enjoy it enough and it's a tradition in my family. I can almost feel my mom and grandmother right next to me as I prepare their favorites, treats we made together when I was very young.
My household has scaled way back in the amount we prepare/eat for meals, the gifts we give/get and the running around we do at holidays. We have a lot more fun now that things are more relaxed.
My only issue is that I got less exercise though over the Christmas holiday. Instead of an hour a day it got cut down to 30 minutes or none at all a couple of days. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'll just get up and exercise as I can.
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When I get baked goods for gifts, if they are things that can be frozen, I package most of them up for the freezer, in single serving portions (since I live alone). That way I can enjoy a treat once in a while, but they are not setting out where I am tempted to nibble on them all day. They are also nice to have on hand for company!
I will also share treats like that with friends and family members, or take them to church to share during the coffee hour.
Holidays--Halloween through Christmas. I love them; I hate them. I spend hours decorating & cooking for each (Thanksgiving, what a loving celebration!). I spend hours, weeks, months buying gifts, wrapping, and mailing (It gives me so much pleasure to buy things that are "just right" for a person).
Parties, parties. Both of my kids have Christmas birthdays too, so add a couple of additional cakes and celebrations. And add a ton of calories.
So many things are given as gifts that never would make it past my door the rest of the year--chocolate, cookies, cakes, fancy alcoholic drinks.
Every year it's the same merry-go-round--fun and great times with friends & family--but the ticket price is quite high: months of hard work to TRY to get back to where I was and depression over my lack of self control.
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