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Losing Weight and Keeping It Cool During the Holidays


Thursday, December 13, 2012

In January, it will be exactly one year since I met my weight loss goal of 200 pounds. It took me two and a half years to lose the weight and during my first Christmas season on Spark People, I refused to eat one bite of anything that even remotely looked like a treat. I was incredibly stressed, but I did lose weight during the holiday season. The next year, it was the same thing. I told myself that the treats didn't bother me, but it did and I wouldn't even have any in the house for my own family. That was not a cool thing to do. I did continue to lose weight during the holidays, but it was at a price to my own peace of mind. Last year, I let up a little. I did have some treats in the house, but refused to go in the kitchen. When we went to a celebration, I allowed myself to have a very small taste. I did lose a little weight and it made me stop and rethink things. Was I being fair to myself and my loved ones?

This year, I totally revamped things. There is no stress about food this Christmas. I have treats in the house and they just don't call my name anymore. If I do want something, I know that I am strong enough to eat just one cookie if I really want it instead of letting it eat at me. When I have go to a get-together or party, I am allowed to have a treat if I see something that looks especially good. I wish that I had adopted this plan 3 years ago. It would have made things so much more pleasant for me and my loved ones. This year I don't want people to worry about what Kathy can and cannot eat. I didn't realize how much my eating affected other people until my niece called the other day and wanted to know if she would like me to put the dessert table in a different room from the other foods so that I wouldn't have to look at them. She was being thoughtful, but that was the first that I realized how I had let my fears show. I told her to put them with everything else and that I was going to have dessert with everybody else this year. She was very excited, not for herself, but for me. She cared about my feelings!

So this year, I am feeling cool, calm and very merry, indeed! Have a very Merry Christmas, dear Spark Friends. emoticon
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QTEALADY20031 12/22/2012 8:14PM

    Kathy, Sorry I missed this blog. Kathy, at least now you realize you can have a bite or two and be satisfied and not be stressed about it. You have done wonderful with your maintenance and you are such an inspiration to me. ENJOY your Holidays! emoticon June

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RORYLYONS 12/21/2012 12:38AM

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GEMINIGEM6 12/20/2012 3:45PM

    That's a great attitude to have and so sweet of your niece to be tuned in to your feelings like that. What a blessing. Hope you have a great holiday!

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NPA4LOSS 12/16/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon It shows that you have learned the lifestyle and not the diet mindset! emoticon You are teaching us all what can be accomplished!

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GBSLIM 12/16/2012 11:05AM

    That's wonderful news! So glad you're enjoying this holiday season.

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EGRAMMY 12/15/2012 6:14PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration.
Best wishes for 2013

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MINDYJ1 12/14/2012 10:36AM

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/14/2012 9:22AM

    You are awesome, and one of my biggest inspirations!

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-POOKIE- 12/14/2012 8:52AM

    I've taken the same approach this year.

I did the "deprive" myself of everything and still lost weight over the holidays, but it wasn't fun, it wasn't traditional and it made a special time unhappy.

Holidays DO have lots of food traditions there is no getting around it and I want to enjoy them.

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MSLZZY 12/14/2012 7:51AM

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DEE107 12/14/2012 12:10AM

    way to go Kathy

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CHRIS3874 12/13/2012 10:27PM

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SHARON10002 12/13/2012 10:17PM

    Great blog, Kathy! You certainly figured it all out, and you are an inspiration to us all. That was so thoughtful and nice of your niece to ask you that. How sweet to not want to tempt you!

I do allow myself dessert or a treat, but try to make sure I fit it into my plan for the day. Today I broke down and had a frosted Christmas cookie. I counted it as breakfast. Bought some to give as a gift for a friend, and bought an extra one for me and one for my BFF. We savored every bite, too!

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MICKEYH 12/13/2012 9:06PM

    I admire of your strong determination to your health journey. And congrats for your weight loss success and keep it off.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/13/2012 8:06PM

    Great Job, Kathy! I also just have a special treat or when sitting down to dinner, have just a spoon of the things I like. I never have that stuffed feeling. Keep up the great work!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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KITT52 12/13/2012 7:52PM

    good plan

you are in control not the food..

Merry Christmas

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MTNGRL 12/13/2012 7:22PM

    Cool, calm and merry! Great approach to the holidays and everyday!!

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DEBBY4576 12/13/2012 6:19PM

    Enjoy. Sounds like your friends and family will enjoy themselves more too.

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