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How Are You Handling the Holidays?


Friday, December 07, 2012

How am I handling the holidays this year? Some of my strategies:

Reminding myself all the reasons that living life at goal weight is very, very important to me. (Beck)
Reminding myself that I have lost weight at holiday time before (2008) and maintained several years including last year. I can do it!!
Eating very carefully (high fiber,enough protein, lots of water and freggies, careful on the calories) between parties and occasions.
Don't go to event hungry. Choose only the very best splurges in small amounts.
Remember it is a holiDAY not a holiWeek or holiMONTH!!

Share some of yours with me!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/10/2012 1:09PM

    I started my serious weight loss journey on Dec. 14, 2009, so this will be my fourth Christmas time of being extremely careful about anything and everything I eat. Does it ever get any easier? I think so. At least I hope so.

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FITFOODIE806 12/8/2012 1:46PM

    Great blog! I needed these reminders

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KAEBAE 12/8/2012 10:40AM

    I've been contemplating this very thing, thanks so much for the strategies! HoliDAY, water, food scale -- Check! We're visiting my Mom in southern California so I'll be able to keep up with my Couch to 5k program. My Sees' candy strategy will be to only have my most favorite pieces, one per day, slow down and really savor it, and TRACK every morsel.
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KANOE10 12/8/2012 9:00AM

    Great ideas on the holidays. I like the focus on one day..not months!
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IAMWINNING 12/8/2012 8:26AM

    Thanks for the super plans, Marsha. I know they'll help a lot of us, if we follow them, too.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 9:29PM

    Great strategies Marsha! Suzanne suggested a great one today. If you are tempted to indulge in a treat, make an agreement with yourself that you will look up the points for it before you put it in your mouth. I've done this on a regular basis and it has kept me on the straight and narrow. The shock of seeing how many points are actually in my favorite treats makes me want to use those same points to eat something that is better for my body. For people who aren't on Weight Watchers, you can look up the nutritional value and calories for the treat and decide if it is worth eating. One day I decided to have a chocolate soft serve DQ cone. I waited all week for it and when I sat down and took the first lick, I decided that it just wasn't as good as I had remembered it being. I decided that it wasn't worth the calories!

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2012 9:21PM

    My holiday gift to ME is: staying slim!! Yeah!!

No matter how much "it" tastes good (for the moment) "it" doesn't feel good (around my middle, for way more than the moment).

Now: to keep that in mind. Persistently.

And keep on tracking.

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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 8:01PM

    I lost 2.2 during Thanksgiving by refusing a big breakfast at the DIL's and only eating a little turkey, dressing and green beans at dinner, my favorites. So I plan that this year. Just 3 or 4 small bites of each of my favorities and I should be good to go. Thanks, Marsha for all your comments on my blogs. Your friendship means a lot and I do admire your determination and drive. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/7/2012 7:02PM

    Whine! I'm handling the holidays this year by not having them.

I missed Thanksgiving dinner (on the road... ended up eating a little can of chicken salad with crackers), managed to bake the holiday cookies and get them ALL into the box for Afghanistan... and since then have opted out of the work eating occasions, except for one, and that one I ate very carefully, portions and choices both.

I haven't invited anyone over, nor have I been nudged over to the Hannukkah gathers. So... I'm handling them by not having them, and reminding myself there is my best chance at being ready for a full marathon if I just "stay in training".

Nothing tastes as good as thinking about crossing that finish line! emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 12/7/2012 6:39PM

  Great advice! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 12/7/2012 4:40PM

    "Eating very carefully (high fiber, enough protein, lots of water and freggies, careful on the calories) between parties and occasions."

This part is critical for me. It's so easy for me to let special holiday events turn into an eating fest that lasts a month or more. To combat that, I looked at my calendar and highlighted the days where I have special events. I've given myself permission to indulge on those days for the one meal. The rest of the time I have to stick to my normal plan. I used this strategy last holiday season with great success. I didn't feel deprived and had only a minimal gain come early January. I hope to make it through the same way this year!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/7/2012 4:27PM

    All good advice that I ry to follow. Thanks!

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MIRAGE727 12/7/2012 4:08PM

    Despite the fact that I own maintenance, I love your strategies, Marsha! In fact, I'm going to use them as well! Thanks for sharing and enjoy healthy!
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JOYINKY 12/7/2012 3:47PM

    I'm staying super busy! That's my best defense any time!

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GUITARWOMAN 12/7/2012 12:57PM

    Helpful!

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_LINDA 12/7/2012 12:42PM

    Well if I am stuck at home and not at Mom's, I eat really well and have no temptations. But I think she is planning one big meal on the 23rd for our family. As they are not on healthy choice diets, she gives them the full fat meal deals. We tried a salad once and we were the only ones having it, so it went a bit to waste as we couldn't eat it all before it spoiled :( I am just not getting any time off to visit her at all. I do miss walking the trails with her, even in the winter time.
Great suggestions! Drinking water or eating a healthy snack before tucking into the big meal is one thing I would try. I also weigh and measure everything as she has a scale there. If you are visiting someone, the extreme would be bringing your own scale. I am no good at guesstimating, so I need a scale to make sure I get the right servings or at least make sure of the calories.
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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GABY1948 12/7/2012 12:17PM

    I think this is ALL great information! So much so that I think I will tag along with you! You are great, Marsha!

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2012 12:00PM

    Looks good.

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62NVON 12/7/2012 11:35AM

    So far, so good with food. We don't have many events to attend. However, everyone has been sick in my house including me, so my exercise is off-track. Hope to get back ON track tomorrow.!

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RONALANA 12/7/2012 11:13AM

    Since it is summer here, it is much easier to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. But I will definitely follow your advice and go to parties FULL (of the good, nutritious stuff!)
Thanks for the blog!

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MRE1956 12/7/2012 11:05AM

    How am I "handling" holidays, you ask? Sinple - I REFUSE to HANDLE them AT ALL! Nope, no way, no how - not without a JOB!

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Just call me Ms. Grinch!

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MEXGAL1 12/7/2012 10:00AM

    Love your thoughts Marsha....good ones.
Since we are stuck in Mexico and aren't able to travel up north to Pennsylvania this year it really won't seem like Christmas. So eating right won't really be a problem for me.
Cheers
Sallie

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MSLZZY 12/7/2012 9:55AM

    Just because it is a holiday season, we tend to let
ourselves go. I always drink water before an event
in the hopes that it will curb my appetite. Seems
to work for me!

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DIDMIS 12/7/2012 9:39AM

    Your blog is right on. I especially loved
" Remember it is a holiDAY not a holiWeek or holiMONTH!!"

Irene.


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SUSANELAINE1956 12/7/2012 9:36AM

    I like these suggestions. emoticon

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YOGAWITCH 12/7/2012 9:35AM

    One day at a time

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