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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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TRIKERBON 11/9/2012 8:45AM

    I use to have that "stinkin thinkin syndrome" and you are so right! Thanks for giving it a title and shedding some light on problem.

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NEWMOM20121 11/9/2012 8:44AM

    good idea. Love the blog.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/9/2012 8:42AM

    emoticon blog!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 11/9/2012 8:17AM

  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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JENNAAW 11/9/2012 7:25AM

    Thank you; love the calendar idea and your message is nice and early to prepare for Thanksgiving and the rest of the season.

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SUSANK16 11/9/2012 6:30AM

  with you on this one

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GRAMPIAN 11/9/2012 6:11AM

  Very good advice. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 11/9/2012 5:40AM

    I use to think that way.

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NCSUE0514 11/9/2012 4:59AM

    Every day starts a new year in a sense.

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NSMANN 11/8/2012 9:51PM

    Good ideas! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/8/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 11/8/2012 2:32PM

    Great advice! I am going to get out my calendar and plan those cardio sessions now!

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KSCRAP363 11/8/2012 2:18PM

    Great ideas for the holiday meals!!!

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KJHOUSTON 11/8/2012 11:07AM

    Great blog Suzanne!

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L*I*T*A* 11/8/2012 10:03AM

    emoticon reminders..............

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GINGERHAWK 11/8/2012 10:02AM

    Great suggestions! This year my only New Year's resolution will be to stay on the same track I've been on for months now - a healthy lifestyle that includes positive food choices, staying within my calorie range, and being as active as possible.

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MAMABUGAZ 11/8/2012 9:29AM

    I agree with taking a healthy dish along. There will likely be lots of unhealthy ones, there, too, for others to choose from. Then, we can choose a larger serving of the healthy dish, and just small samples of some of the less healthy ones.

My MIL (who, BTW) has celiac disease and cannot eat flour, and I am somewhat gluten intolerant) wanted me to bake chocolate chip cookies for a family gathering last year. She had asked two or 3 others to also bring some. I asked her whether I could bring apple crisp instead, so that she and I had something we could eat. She conceded, and everyone had a choice between the two (many chose both).

~ Faith

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RAINBOWMF 11/8/2012 8:44AM

    Plan- Succeed

Mary emoticon

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PAANDRUS 11/8/2012 8:37AM

    Loving the blog! I feel the same way. Dont put it off....#press on# TODAY!

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123ELAINE456 11/8/2012 8:19AM

  Great thinking and Plan. Have a Wonderful Week. God Bless You and Family. Have a Super Good Day. And Take Care.

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/8/2012 7:36AM

   

I agree. Let's keep going NOW and be even better on Jan 1st!!


Gini

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TORTISE110 11/8/2012 7:03AM

    Good heads up for this challenging season. Love your "stinkin thinkin" phrase!

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ANIHAKA 11/8/2012 5:14AM

    emoticon so much for this great blog. So sensible I'll be remembering to write in big letters the dates of celebratory food, followed by a cardio reminder for the next day.

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CAMAEL100 11/8/2012 5:12AM

    Great thinking and an excellent plan!

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BEWELL48 11/8/2012 4:45AM

    Well stated! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 11/8/2012 4:03AM

    Brilliant..thankyou so much...you just gave my thinking a good slap..I so appreciate that

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LADYPIXEL 11/8/2012 2:49AM

    Nicely stated. Now, if more people would just think like that... :)

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COCK-ROBIN 11/8/2012 2:19AM

    Good plan!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/8/2012 2:19AM

    Good plan!

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KICKINGKILOS 11/8/2012 2:14AM

    well written :) emoticon

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MIMOSA88 11/8/2012 1:52AM

    Very well said :) Thank you...

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