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Thursday, November 08, 2012

There is nothing magical about January 1st. Our bodies don't burn double calories in January. We don't suddenly wake up on Jan. 1st and discover that we are obese. It's not like one can get to 175 - 200-250 -300 pounds and not KNOW they are. Yet I guarantee you come Jan. 1st the sparkpeople site will be sluggish from all the "new joins". Now I'm not knocking people joining Sparkpeople but what I'm trying to do is make a point.

If you, like 1000's of others, are mentally saying "I'll get serious on Jan. 1" what you are really saying is "I give myself permission to slack on exercise and eat what I want for the next 7 weeks."

Here is the problem: With that kind of "stinkin' thinkin'" you could easily gain another 5-10-15 pounds in 7 weeks. That means you will spend your first few weeks just getting back to where you are now. We all know many fizzle out after 2-3 weeks on a "diet" anyway so all your sacrifice and sweat in early January will be for what... to just be RIGHT where you are now.

See the problem? There is a solution and it doesn't mean the holidays have to be spartan and dismal. DON'T wait. Start now. Even if you have an occasional holiday treat and a big meal on your specific holiday if you are tracking your food and exercising consistently through the 1st you won't gain. You might even lose.

Take a calendar and look at the weeks until the 1st. Now circle the days where you know you will have parties/events etc. Let those be the ONLY days you eat out of range. Now pencil in cardio the day after any of those events to help rev up your metabolism to process all that food. Add at least two other days to each week to get some cardio.

Are you getting the picture? It's a plan. It's a simple plan, but it will help you avoid a gain.

Now one more thing. If you are in charge of any of those holiday dinners, why not prepare at least 2 dishes that are healthy? Take Thanksgiving. Make a green salad or prepare a healthy vegetable MINUS the heavy sauce to go with the turkey. If it's a Christmas dinner think about some roasted root vegetables or brussels sprouts.

Also - if someone gives you a food gift (say candy, fudge, cookies) think about sharing it with your office or giving it to a shut-in.

PLAN - THINK - ACT

Jan. 1st will be just another day in your j0urney so get started now!

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JUSGETTENBY42 12/18/2012 8:39PM

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CM_GARDNER78 11/23/2012 11:56PM

    Yes ma'am! This is 110% true! I have thought that very thing year after year - it's one of the only things that keeps me focused over the holidays! Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts!! :-) (((HUGS)))

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/19/2012 7:42AM

    So true!

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KIMBOLEAN 11/17/2012 12:49PM

  So true!!!

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SSUSMITA 11/14/2012 10:31AM

    Truth!

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LIBBYL1 11/13/2012 8:54PM

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DAWN14163 11/13/2012 1:50AM

    Sensible words! Having worked hard to lose a few pounds, I'm determined this year not to use the holiday as an excuse to pile it all back on. Moderation in all things.....have a few treats but don't go mad!

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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 11/12/2012 10:43PM

    I am so glad I came across your blog!!!! All great ideas! I had been thinking similarly myself, so this confirms it.

Come January 1, we will all be ahead of the game!

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BLOOMING52 11/12/2012 8:07PM

    Great blog!

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ROSIEPD 11/12/2012 6:33PM

    Great Advice! I love the plan to go off plan on the circled days, and plot in more exercise the day following. That takes some of the stress off.
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FIRECOM 11/12/2012 1:37PM

    I WILL get serious on Jan 1st. I will get serious about not changing a thing in my plan. Like you said, it is just one more day.

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DUBLINROSE 11/12/2012 8:52AM

    So true, why wait until Jan when you can start now

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JAMER123 11/9/2012 11:56PM

    emoticon for a blog emoticon . It is true!

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may I amend to :


PLAN + THINK + ACT = RESULTS

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for the reminder

Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BLESSINGS!

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MARYJEANSL 11/9/2012 7:46PM

  Great advice and suggestions. I am not planning to slack off, and I am lucky in that I am in charge of Thanksgiving dinner for just four people. I don't plan to have a lot of high-calorie stuff.

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ROCKYCPA 11/9/2012 6:12PM

    Your ideas are great and can really help you get on your way!

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SJKENT1 11/9/2012 4:38PM

    Plan the work... work the plan... = victory!!!

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KARRENLYNN 11/9/2012 4:16PM

    You are so right!! I started early September, and I've lost 20 lbs already and I'm still nervous about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your suggestions are simple and doable and I'm focused on losing 2 lbs / week, but at the very least I consider it a win if I don't gain any weight at all.

Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an excellent holiday with no weight gains! ;)

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FALLNTENN 11/9/2012 3:48PM

    I like the calendar idea. Thanks.

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MOMMY445 11/9/2012 3:43PM

    that sounds like a great plan! you can do this! you are worth it!

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DALID414 11/9/2012 3:41PM

    I hate the gym in January! Its packed with resolutioners!! I didn't even think about the site crashing! I'm gonna input my food and workouts a few days in advance!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/9/2012 3:05PM

    Great blog!

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JULIAINLA 11/9/2012 1:46PM

    I agree very much with everything you wrote. Thank you-I'll start now ..again..before the holidays are here and over. Thankgiving will be difficult as usual..but I'll try to have more vegetables. I say try becasue the family gets insulted if you try to add something they didnt cook. So hopefully they'll have some vegetables. I will also be sure to track my calories on that day to show myself that I have strength and care about my calorie intake. But THANK YOU for your blog..feeling re-determined.

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MLH148 11/9/2012 1:17PM

    Great post. My Thurs night Zumba class has already planned one for Thanksgiving MORNING. Burn off the feast before you start!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/9/2012 12:33PM

    I think there's something very un-magical about January if people are beating themselves up about indulging around the holidays. emoticon

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NETTYDAWG 11/9/2012 12:30PM

    Very good point. I think it goes perfectly with some of the best advice I ever got.

If you make a mistake, don't start again next month, next week, next day, or even next meal - start right now. It's just a blip.



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LIVELYGIRL2 11/9/2012 11:16AM

  I liked the part you mentioned about circling the days and having a pan.

Since any of us want to eat some of these foods that only come along a few times a year.

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FARIS71 11/9/2012 10:40AM

    Absolutely!!!!!

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JOANNHUNT 11/9/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon emoticon You are so right about that kind of thinking. We need to keep ourselves motivated everyday and stay on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Stay in control. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EPATTEN79 11/9/2012 9:48AM

    Awesome post! It's so true, we all wait until Jan. 1st to start the healthy habits, but, in the mean time, we've let our selves eat whatever through the holidays and probably gained 10-15 pounds. I've started my healthy habits for the holidays and I can't wait to see how great I look and feel by New Years.

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DNRAE1 11/9/2012 9:46AM

    It's also like those of us who splurge on the weekend because we are going to start on Monday! More "stinkin' thinking"! emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/9/2012 9:18AM

    You are totally right!! It took me a few years to figure this out:)

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EUEK098 11/9/2012 9:16AM

    So true, there's nothing special about Monday or the beginning of the year, all that matters is now.

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DJSHIP46 11/9/2012 9:00AM

    Thanks for sharing... Great advice is always welcome :)

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ARTSYGIRL5 11/9/2012 8:58AM

    I lost my weight with Weight Watchers. I attended the meetings for years.
Every New Years it was packed with people doing exactly what you are writing about.
With some people it is Monday or after the Holiday. The best day is today.
JUST DO IT - NO EXCUSES

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PENOWOK 11/9/2012 8:53AM

    That's good thinking!! Good for you for helping the bunch of us plan for the holidays and maybe avoid that nastiness!!

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MIMIDOT 11/9/2012 8:48AM

    Amen! You are so right! Thanks for the reminder to do today and not wait. You have some good suggestions to help us.

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