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Final Countdown: 69 Days - Lose, Gain, or Maintain?

Thursday, October 24, 2013



We are down to crunch time here... 68 days left in 2013! If I was forced to sit down and really decide if I am where I want to be at this point this year, I would probably say I came up short of where I wished I would be. But you know what, I'm not going to do that. This is a lifetime journey and I am moving forward, getting into smaller sizes and losing weight... at the end of the day that is a victory to me!

With that said, the year is flying by, and before we know it we will be ringing in 2014! emoticon But before that we have that dreaded time of year where the pounds try to creep up on you!



The holidays are great, it's a time of family and fun! But it's also the time of massive amounts of food, and every single get together revolving around it! If we just "ate poorly" ON the actual holidays, it would just be a handful of days. But it's not that simple. Everyone is offering you baked goods or candy, wanting to have you over for dinner on other days, and wanting to feed you all sorts of food. It can be really hard to say no to so much yumminess! It is so easy to get sucked into the mentality that "It's the holidays, and I'm going to ENJOY IT!" By all means we all deserve to enjoy the yumminess of the holidays with everyone else, but there has to be a line somewhere. Imagine if we started that attitude on Halloween? That is over two full months that we could have to pack on the pounds.

With 68 days left I feel like I have 3 options, I can gain, lose, or maintain. Gaining would be the easy and obvious choice, it's the holidays! They only come once a year, right? Why not enjoy and eat every yummy treat that crosses my path? But no, that path is not for me. Maintaining doesn't sound too bad, I can't lie to you. Indulging in SOME treats but keeping a good eye on it so that I can maintain... things could definitely be worse. But I will have a lifetime to maintain when I get to my goal weight... so now is not the time for that. I am choosing to take my power back and LOSE weight during the holidays. I am going to actually set some very realistic expectations for me based on some of the things I have coming up. With about 10 weeks left this year I want to lose 10 pounds. Some may say that is "ONLY 1 pound a week", but to me that sounds fantastic, especially during the holiday times. Not to mention I have another trip to Vegas coming up (still recovering from the first one), and I have a 3 week total vacation. The majority of the time I do better at work because I can't get up and eat whenever I want... but I also have a lot of tempting food at work that can make it hard. It will be interesting to see how I do when I am home for a couple weeks. But I am just going to push forward and do the best I can.

So how about you? What is your action plan to make it through the holidays? It might sound early to be worrying about but it doesn't hurt to plan! emoticon emoticon

Countdown to 2014: 68 days!
Current weight: 193 (Up a few pounds after vacation)
Goal weight: 179
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AMARILYNH 10/29/2013 7:20AM

    I missed this blog last week and am just now seeing it. I say GREAT PLAN!! I am in the maintenance phase of weight loss, but believe me when I tell you that doesn't make it ANY easier to resist holiday foods! And pounds come back SO FAST - one can never cease to be diligent!!

Before going on an 11 day vacation to Canada followed a week later by a 3 week vacation in Europe (yes, retirement IS good!) I worked extra hard and got to 5 pounds under my goal weight. As of this morning I'm sitting at 3.4 pounds under goal weight. And I'm back into weight loss mode - I was LIKING that weight and have decided I want to keep it.

So I'm WITH you!! We CAN enjoy a little holiday food - just in moderation!! I learned a couple of years ago that Thanksgiving dinner is MORE enjoyable when you just have a little of each yummy food. And that includes the punkin pie - a tiny sliver more than satisfied me! And what a FABULOUS feeling to not feel bloated and stuffed after dinner!!

So my method for handling holiday meals with family is to talk - a LOT (any friend of mine reading this will tell you this is an AMAZING skill of mine - I talk a lot!) With all that talking and a little eating I'll finish the meal satisfied and fulfilled!! Because it really IS about the people, not the food, right?

So HAPPY HOLIDAYS Stephanie!! We can DO this!! emoticon

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KEYTOSLIM 10/26/2013 11:05PM

    Great Goal! Go for it!

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WEBEZE 10/26/2013 2:10AM

    I am with you Steph. 10 pounds by end of year. 186 now so 176 by end of year.
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/25/2013 8:26AM

    Well, you go girl!! Love the attitude.. love the challenge... and have zero doubt you will meet your goal! My plan is to make stuff that I can eat and take it to all these parties ... but I'm not kidding myself, it's going to take some laser sharp focus to meet my ONEderland goal by the new year...

YOU GOT THIS!
Annie

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CHICAT63 10/25/2013 4:37AM

    Oh yes you can !!! emoticon emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/25/2013 12:54AM

    Sounds like a plan!! I can totally relate to the people wanting to feed during the holidays but unfortunately I have someone in my office who is like that ALL the time..... she hardly eats and is skinny as a rail but the Italian in her (she says) makes her feed everyone else all the time.... I know she means well but it definitely makes it harder to lose weight.

I think you can kick those 10 pounds to the curb by New Year's Eve, no problem!!

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LIMITEDGRACE 10/24/2013 11:45PM

    I'm with ADF1981... I had to count the weeks myself as well!! LOL I really like the idea of shooting for losing 10 pounds by the end of the year. Actually, I set my goals for 5 pounds a month, so really if I stick to what I'm already doing (and actually measuring, weighing, and tracking EVERYTHING I put in my mouth) then I should be on track.
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JENRAQTAY87 10/24/2013 10:44PM

    I am taking part of the November challenge to work out everyday in November up until the day of Thanksgiving!

I even think on Thanksgiving I will make sure I walk for like 2 hours!

On Halloween I am going to chew gum which Trick or Treating so I don't gobble up any candy! emoticon

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TREV1964 10/24/2013 10:05PM

    I personally am chasing my mini goals one at a time. My long term goal is to loose the remaining 80 pounds by next summer.

Good blog and highly motivational reading.

Cheers

Trev

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2013 8:03PM

    Planning the work and working the plan. That's what it's all about. You have both covered. So, there you go . . . you're setting yourself up for success.

HUGS

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JACOBSBELOVED 10/24/2013 6:25PM

    It's not "just" 10 pounds. It's a very realistic goal! You're expecting something very reasonable from yourself and it's to ensure you do good during the holidays.

I've definitely been thinking about the holidays and I've already decided that I'm going to be good. I'm going to have the rest of my life to enjoy the holiday yummies and I think it would be good for me to resist as much temptation as possible this year. I'm not bummed about it at all. I think it's important for me to keep myself in check. That's my plan. :)

In my opinion, I can't have any regrets if I'm good during the holidays. I know I'm not going to think, "Ah, I lost 2 lbs this week, but I still wish I would have tried everything at the Christmas party last Saturday." There's no way you can regret being good, but you will definitely have different feelings if you ate too much. This is just my opinion. :)

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TOKIEMOON 10/24/2013 6:20PM

    Gosh Steph, 68 days! Right now I'm in the 2nd week of an 8-week 5% weight loss challenge. I'm shooting for 1.3 lb loss a week. My first week weigh-in I was down 2.2! I'm shooting for losing a total of at least 10 lbs by Dec. 7th finish date. Then maintain (or lose, but NOT regain) through the Christmas & New Year holidays.
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TEENY_BIKINI 10/24/2013 5:21PM

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ZAPPATTACK 10/24/2013 3:51PM

    Wow... 68 days. I definitely need to kick my butt into gear!! I like your plan and I think likewise I am going to try and lose. For me, the biggest thing is going to be not engaging in the mindless eating around the tables during gatherings. My thought is that keeping my water glass filled and in front of me will keep my hands busy.

Thanks for posting and reminding us that we have to be conscious of our decisions during this journey to a healthier, happier self!

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RECREATING_ME 10/24/2013 3:39PM

    One of my action plans is to bring a plentiful veggie tray to all family gatherings and others that ask for a dish to pass. So often there is nary a vegetable to be found at these get-togethers, so I need to be responsible for bringing a healthy option that will nourish me, not fill me with empty calories.

I like your perspective in this blog post! We do have options during the holidays; keeping a balance (as we do during other times of the year) is very reasonable. emoticon


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MLLEMINOU 10/24/2013 2:24PM

    Hmm, I say try to at least get back to 193 *if* you gained in Vegas, and try to lose maybe 10 lbs bc if you're like me, during the Holidays, you're gunna have a lot of family dinners and I think it's a time to celebrate and give in a bit to some goodies (a bit!) and if you don't want to keep trying to lose, maintain!! I think u can totally get to your goal weight if not by Dec 31, prob mid January the latest!!! emoticon Congrats on all you have lost so far!!

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SIMONEKP 10/24/2013 2:14PM

    let's do this!

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ROZZIEOZZIE 10/24/2013 2:09PM

    Some great advice here! I also will plan my holidays very carefully, and maybe only eat one "holiday" type treat instead of a little of each like I used to do! Or maybe don't even have one treat, unless I can fit in an extra workout - just fill up on veggies and salad!
Thanks for getting me thinking, again!
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(And I love the fat cat that ate too many Thin Mints!!)

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 10/24/2013 12:19PM

    Both you and Chelle are smart to bring up this topic now! I love your plan. I think I'm going to decide ahead of time what my favorite things are and plan to indulge in a moderate serving. This way I can have what I like the best, but if I plan ahead and track it in advance, I should be fine.

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JADED_CHICK19 10/24/2013 11:59AM

    Great goal! 10 pounds is a good number to shoot for especially around the holidays. The holidays are a great time of year but we need to remember that we are on this journey for a reason. You have a great mindset heading into the end of the year!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 10/24/2013 11:53AM

    Is that all that is left of this year?! How did that happen?!

hmm... thought provoking. Planning ahead is a very good idea! Holidays are also not a great place for me, but since I"m pretty much at home all the time being a SAHM, I do have the choice of what I do and how I do it and how much I shovel in. Practicing self control will be my feat!

Good luck to all!

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ADF1981 10/24/2013 10:39AM

    I think 10 lbs is a great goal. Until I read your blog I hadn't thought about there being only 10 weeks for this year. I had to count it for myself LOL!

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ADARKARA 10/24/2013 10:28AM

    You can TOTALLY do this, girlfriend!!! emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 10/24/2013 8:01AM

    emoticon Go for it, you've come so far already.

I am determined to make this the year I don't gain weight. I would be ok with maintaining. Losing a couple of pounds would be the ultimate goal. Gaining is not acceptable!!


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SMART4ANDREY 10/24/2013 6:56AM

    We need some food free holidays! Society hear me!!!

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KIDMIFFY1 10/24/2013 6:05AM

    Thanks for the blog....it really sums up some of the issues Ive been dealing with. My plan is to loose (thank god for spending the holiday season on the other side of the world to my family so they arent forecing food down my throat)....but i took the maintain option over the summer while I was travelling europe, and it really made me realise the importance of having this third option in your back pocket .... and realise that if life doesnt work in a way that allows you to focus on loosing, then its not black or white, there is that grey inbetween thats maintaining...and lets face it we all need to learn how to do it anyway as we cant loose forever - we all have a healthy end point we want to reach!

Have a great holidays and good luck with your plan!!!!

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LOTUSBURGER 10/24/2013 5:41AM

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MARYBETH4884 10/24/2013 5:09AM

    Great plan and attitude! Why wait for 2014. One excuse usually leads to another! emoticon

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MOLLIEJEAN2 10/24/2013 5:00AM

    Where has this year gone, can't believe it is almost over. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , good to have set goals than go head first into the holidays thinking I can eat anything and gain that weight back.

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POUTINGPEGGY 10/24/2013 4:52AM

    This is a real wake up call. Only 10 weeks. A lot of people out there, like me, have to tighten up if they are going to hit those end of the year goals. Thanks for this emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/24/2013 4:41AM

    Good advice! One I need to take with me on the holidays!

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SUNNYRAYE 10/24/2013 4:21AM

    You go girl! I love that you are planning your responses to situations during the silly season.
For me it is pretty much status quo except turn beast mode on.

I know that I have an eating problem and that means I have to protect myself and fight fight fight every day of the year. Whether it is fighting others trying to give me food or my binge monster (which I haven't heard from lately) or myself trying to say that I don't need to gym because I did so hard during the year.

Every day is a fighting day because I want to be happy, healthy and full of hope. So for me, I have to do what I do every day and don't break my habit - no matter what the cost.

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CAT125 10/24/2013 3:36AM

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Current weight: 165
Goal weight: 150

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