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Tackling holiday gain: the cool-headed way!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

So, how much did your ticker move backwards? 2, 5, 10 or more? Or you donít even want to know? Whatever the number, known or unknown, I bet you want the holiday weight to vanish overnight, right? Thatís what I want, too! But Iíve felt the panic before. Actually, it used to be the aftermath of every holiday season forÖ as long as I can remember! Thatís the reason I know how destructive this kind of panic can be. It always leads us to the wrong decisions and makes us fight a lost battle. Until the next holiday seasonÖ

So, what do we do? First of all we take a really deep breath and relax. Think about all the nice things that you did during the holidays that are not food-related. Decorating, shopping, exchanging gifts, meeting friends, gathering with the rest of the family, playing with your kids, anything that made you feel good.
Feeling better already?
Let's add a humorous note, to relax even more.



Now letís deal with everything one step at a time.

- First, the scale.
If you havenít weighed yourself after the holidays, you might want to think about it for a while. We all know when we have crossed our limits with food and have been too ďbusyĒ to work out. We all can feel it when the reading on the scale will most likely disappoint us. But there are people who need this kind of awakening to help them take action and then there are other people who get panicked by even the slightest gain and tend to make things worse by turning to emotional eating and binges. If you belong to the second category, you might want to wait a bit before you get on the scale.

- Knowing or imagining the gain, itís time to give it the correct proportions in your mind. Itís definitely not the end of the world and you didnít just miss your last chance to become a fit and healthy person! This number is just the result of how you changed your eating and exercise habits during the holidays. Either you couldnít resist the temptations or you just allowed yourself to indulge, which, to be honest, are more or less one and the same, but thatís irrelevant. What matters is that it happened. It canít be undone but luckily it can be fixed. If you want to fix it, you have to start eating right and exercise. If you donít want to fix it, you simply wouldnít waste your time reading this.

- Start eating right. That means filling your kitchen with healthy ingredients and emptying your house of sweets and holiday treats. Youíve had enough of them and you enjoyed them. But now itís time for change.

- Exercise. You donít need to become the local gym hero in a day! Start slowly. A longer walk today, a 20-minute workout tomorrow, anything that you enjoy doing will help. You just need to put yourself in the fitness frame of mind for a start.

- Be realistic. Donít expect yourself to be perfect right away. Imagine you return to work just after vacation. What happens on the first day? Can you easily forget about the fun and concentrate on your work or do you daydream of sunny beaches and crystal sea waters at every chance? Habits, even recently-acquired ones, can become second nature. Especially the ones that make us feel good and we enjoy them. Donít expect yourself to forget about them in a day. The first day, youíll mess up right after breakfast. The second day, youíll make it to lunch. The third, youíll only feel weak right before bedtime. In the end, youíll get it right. Just be patient with yourself.

- Try to set some non-scale goals. Iíve read in many Sparkersí blogs that they donít work for them. I know that the scale number is really important for all of us but Iím asking you to give it a second thought. Is it the only proof of our hard work and our progress? What about fitness achievements and smaller sizes? What about feeling healthier and full of energy? Do we have full control of the number on the scale? No, we donít. Our weight fluctuates for many reasons even during the same day. We shouldnít be obsessed with the number on the scale. Itís neither right nor healthy.

Above all, stay cool-headed. Panic never helped anyone achieve anything. Focus and take it one step at a time. And when you Ďre back in control of your eating habits, take a look at your rear-view mirror and inspect yourself, your feelings and your actions during the past holidays. Iím sure youíll have many valuable lessons to learn and practice until the next holiday season. And maybe you wonít ever need to read blog like this one again.
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CANNIE50 1/23/2013 5:54PM

    This blog is WONDERFUL! It is chock full of gentle wisdom and smart suggestions. You are such a gem. I also LOVE the little cartoon - so funny. I always say I don't retain water, I only retain fat! I so agree about the "don't panic" advice. If panic and desperation worked, there would be zero fat people. Panic is fine when one needs to get out of a burning building but it doesn't work at all when someone needs to build good health habits and sustain them over time. I think this blog should be required reading for all Sparklers! It is SO good (and so are YOU).

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GODIVADSG 1/16/2013 4:16PM

    Thank you for another blog that hits home! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/13/2013 11:20PM

    Agreed agreed.

I just made a list of all the things I want to achieve, daily. Very specific food goals, plus a few others and put it on a clip board in my kitchen. I will check this list off everyday until these are habits again.

How quickly things can change. But I am not discouraged, I am figuring out how, without being extreme, to live a healthy life. thanks for the wise words and HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 5:00PM

    What excellent, helpful suggestions!
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ANNIEONLI 1/10/2013 6:39AM

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NASFKAB 1/10/2013 4:57AM

  great advice way to go

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MICKEYH 1/9/2013 10:41PM

    Thanks for your great advice. emoticon

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CRANRANA 1/9/2013 6:39PM

  What wonderful insights--we can spend WAAAAY too much time beating ourselves up over weight loss. We need to relax and stay focused (easier said than done, but something we should all strive for).

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TRAVELGRRL 1/9/2013 3:00PM

    Great advice! Panicking always leads to crappy decisions and crazy diets, and that just never works!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/9/2013 2:33PM

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FITFOODIE806 1/9/2013 1:29PM

    Thank you for these wise, calming words.
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SUSANSERENE 1/9/2013 1:10PM

    Great, great blog, Elle! Insightful and inspiring! Thank you ever so much for helping me get right back on track.

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WINDSURFNERD 1/9/2013 12:38PM

    Excellent blog! I try to remind myself that the extra poundage didn't arrive overnight (nor all in one meal), that it took MANY choices to lay on each one! So, it seems reasonable that shedding each # will also take time and many choices (healthy ones!). Your suggestion to "stay cool" is the best advice during this Resolution-crazy time of year.
-Naomi

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BAKER1009 1/9/2013 12:08PM

    Beautiful blog Elle!! You provided some wonderful analogies and some real life examples that we can all relate too!
Thanks for another awesome blog!!

Hugs,
Beth

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/9/2013 11:01AM

    I avoided the scale until today but had to ring in and give myself a starting point. I'm not looking back though. Where I was is gone and it's where I am going that counts!!

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THOMS1 1/9/2013 9:49AM

    emoticon blog. During the Christmas Holiday I like to weigh the day before Christmas and the day after New Years and this year it wasn't so bad but, like so many other people after I weigh I tend not to remember the wonderful time I had over the holidays but just the weight gain. So again I thank you for this blog and I will remember to always remember all the good things of the season and not my weight gain. emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    Very good blog, NUOVAELLE!

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