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#110 - Holidays.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a blast hanging out with family; plus, the food was great too!

I did well on Thanksgiving. I got up early, worked out, drank my water, and stuck to eating until full (not too full!). So, my first Thanksgiving on this journey went well. I wish, though, that I could say that the rest of the weekend went that way too. Black Friday shopping (all night and into the wee hours of the morning) messed me up. It's always a tradition for my family to get some caffeine (soda) and go wait in the lines for great deals. However, I did not realize that I needed a plan. No sleep, dehydrated (I took water, but I lost it in the car somewhere), and tradition brought me down. I ended up eating a full meal at midnight. I knew I didn't need it, but I ate it anyways. Due to that, I allowed myself to go downhill the rest of the weekend - splurging, eating crap, no water, and no exercise. This has led to a 3 pound gain. (I did manage to NOT drink a soda although I was craving it!)

This weekend is now in the past, and it's up to me to either choose to get back on track or allow my habits to continue. I've decided to get back on track, but I am not sure if I just want to maintain or continue trying to lose weight. Today will be a day of not only water, healthy eats, and exercise but also working on a new plan for the next four weeks until Christmas.

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    Had a great thanksgiving
    1774 days ago
  • BREW99
    So glad you had a nice day. Mine did too and thankful to have gotten out for a hike after dinner. Hooray! Next few weeks I'm still planning but there are going to be some major changes from last year.
    1783 days ago
    Since I started this Journey to Health in Nov 2009, I haven't ever gotten to January and said, "oh, I wish I had splurged more during the holidays" --- but before that I sure started plenty of years saying, "I wish I hadn't eaten so many sweets for the past few months!" Building healthy habits is my goal, so I try to keep up with those habits during the holidays as well. Can't see just stepping off the path I've chosen because the calendar (and other people) say it's a HOLIDAY! My focus is keeping on keeping on ... And then I won't be regretting my choices come January. Try it ... You might be pleasantly surprised! emoticon
    1784 days ago
    Glad you had a nice time! I think that with the holidays here, you're best goal is maintaining versus trying to lose. If you can do that, than you've done better than many over th holidays. Plus if you maintain, you won't feel bad if you don't lose weight. just a thought! Keep us posted!
    1784 days ago
    Brush the crumbs off and start again.

    You got this!
    1785 days ago
  • SBRAN833
    Thanksgiving was also a good time for me too... didn't eat "too" much and got a lot of exercise in! First time for everything ...!! :) But the weekend is over, now it's time to buckle down and remember these days will pass regardless, might as well make them count :) Think how great you will feel for summer!! :) have a great week, my friend!!

    1785 days ago
    I hear ya', it can be hard to stick to your healthy eating during certain times, especially traditions like that. But good for you for recognizing what you did and making the decision to get back on track. Think of it this way, it's better to be healthy once-in-awhile then not at all. And if that's appealing and you continue to focus on how great you feel when you are healthy and remember how badly you feel when you're not healthy, then your once-in-awhile happens more often. That's how it has been with me. I've been doing this for over 4 years now. While that is a LONG journey and much, much longer than I wanted it to take when I started, when I look back, I'm happy for not giving up completely. And I know that every time I took a step forward, it was once step closer to a healthier me. Yes, I've back-slid several times, but if I visualize my journey as climbing a mountain, I'm still closer to the top than I would have been if I never made any changes. And that appeals to me.

    As for your trying to decided between losing or maintaining, my suggestions is why not try maintaining for awhile. It's the holiday season and instead of struggling each time you mess up, give yourself a break. I'm not suggesting to indulge and ignore everything, but give your mind a break. This time of the year can be stressful and struggling with your choices might just add to the stress and that can add pounds. Some people might disagree with me, but I do the same thing for myself a couple times a year. It just gives me a chance to regroup, replan, and focus on other areas of my life. I still keep up with eating healthy as much as I can and exercising. I just don't focus as much on the weight loss during my breaks. I keep an eye on the scale so I don't suddenly put on 10 or 15 or 20 pounds as I don't want to undo my hard work. I try to keep my weight within a 5 pound range and it just helps me out. Sorta like working on a difficult project at work and taking a vacation at the end. We need those breaks so our mind/body/soul to rest up and be ready to start again. I also saw this article recently and I thought it was great advice:
    ff-before-you-lose-it/?hpt=he_t5 Sorry, I can't add links here. But check it out anyway.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1786 days ago
  • C8TSON
    I still think you did great. The fact that you exercised ON Thanksgiving is wonderful! I wouldn't worry so much about the other stuff. I mean, I know it's frustrating to get off track, but just recognizing it is a great step in the direction of getting right back to it. I just commented to my hubby this morning that this is the first holiday season I haven't just taken the option of trashing my body. Usually when the holidays start, I feel that it's my excuse to eat how I wish because there's always a new year right around the corner. I don't want to face that again, and I can tell you don't either. emoticon
    1786 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Well done for catching it so fast. Last time I fell off the wagon it took me ages to get back to it.

    My plan for the next 4 weeks it to carry on the way I have been for the past few weeks, counting calories, sticking to my range, doing exercise and drinking water.

    Have a great day
    1786 days ago
    I'll bet some of that gain is a food baby that you will get rid of pretty quickly. Don't feel guilty for what's happened - just look forward and head to your next goals, okay?
    1786 days ago
    I always try to focus on maintaining during the holidays instead of weight loss. For me it takes off the stress. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Sorry that you had a bad weekend though.

    Keep your head up and just emoticon emoticon
    1786 days ago
    We had a similar experience! Thanksgiving I got up and went for a run at a park nearby and made my own healthy meal. It was all downhill for Black Friday through yesterday. I didn't work out and I ate anything with sugar in my house lol. The bright side is that I got new work out clothes and a bunch of things! I haven't weighed yet but I'm sure I'll see a gain. My plan for the next few weeks is to stay positive, track a few days a week, and get in my work outs regularly. We can do this! emoticon
    1786 days ago
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