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Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

Monday, November 12, 2012

I think I started early. emoticon This past month has been a trial for me, but I think I am finally getting a grip on what I need to do to get back to eating healthy again. Yeah, just in time for the holidays.

The first thing I am going to do is track what I am eating. This is something that I have not been doing and I started again yesterday. I really should do this more often because it really helps me keep my focus on what I am eating.

There are two programs I am considering using: Cron O Meter and Diet Power. Both have features that the other lacks so I have to decide which feature is more important to me at this moment.

Cron O Meter has the capability to track the amino acids - This is great since I do not eat a lot of meat and I tracked all that I ate yesterday and was amazed that all the essential amino acids were met.

Diet Power offers advice as what to eat and has a function that grades your nutrition score. Hmmmm, what can I eat today that will give me an "A" as my overall grade for the day. Believe it or not, but that competitive nature in me wants to beat my previous grade; so this is a good motivating tool for me. Plus diet power computes the calories burned and calculates that into the calorie count for the day. There is a home screen with a graph so my goal can be visible every time I open the software program.

I think Diet Power is winning for my decision because I can save the files and use on more than one computer. This will be great if my husband gets back into tracking again also; then we can share the "recipe" files.

The second thing I need to do to avoid the holiday weight gain is to lower my consumption of high carbohydrate foods (read junk food here). This has been my downfall ever since last February when the Dairy Queen opened for the season. Although, I got a grip back in June and stopped my love affair with Peanut Buster Parfaits, I seemed to have found another to take its place and then another and another and another.

The third thing I need to do is to focus on my exercise program and make sure I get some high intensity workouts in through out the week. I am going to aim for 5 days with at least one half hour of some sort of routine: gym, stationary bike or 30 Day Shred workout.

The fourth thing I am going to do is focus on my diet. I have been trying to get with some program for the past month and just cannot seem to find my grove. I think using the Diet Power program will be what I need to focus on eating healthier.

I want to get on jumpstart on avoiding that holiday gain so that when the temptations come I will be able to say, "No thank you; I do not want any." I want to be more successful than I have been lately.

How about you? Do you have any plans to avoid that dreaded Holiday weight Gain?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SWEDE_SU 11/13/2012 3:52AM

    working on it here, too - trying to keep up my miles of walking and running, it's the one thing i know *works* and it's so easy to let it slip once the winter weather hits (we just had our first snow). and of course trying to stick to good vegan whole food cooking, without snacking. emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/12/2012 8:49PM

    Love your plans.

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LIV2RIDE 11/12/2012 2:11PM

    You should join the November Fitness Challenge on the Vegan Fitness & Nutrition team. We are logging out 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week and encouraging one another to stick to the goal. I'm working to stick with whole foods which is tricky when you love chips!

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5WHITEROSES 11/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan!

I've been doing Jillian workouts since Sept 1st and will keep doing them indefinitely, along with some added cardio from my elliptical workouts. For food, I will eat in moderation. I'll continue to measure out my portions and avoid the really bad-for-me foods. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I can resist pumpkin pie. However, when it comes to Christmas I will most likely have a few bites of whatever is the most tempting dessert.


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BOOKWORM27S 11/12/2012 12:10PM

    Yes, I'm making healthy side dishes and I'm bringing my own turkey breast cutlet to my MIL's Thanksgiving dinner. So I'll know the exact portion size and calories for the dinner. I'm avoiding the traditional desserts, I'm making a spiced pear for my dessert.

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