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IGIVEALL2YAH's Photo IGIVEALL2YAH Posts: 522
11/18/13 12:26 A

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no problem..

I can, I can, I can!


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11/17/13 5:56 P

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Thanksgiving was in mid Oct in Canada, so just Christmas looming. Already I'm drawn to the food goodies in stores, so creating lists, planning to stick to them and looking straight ahead in food stores, so no diverging.

emoticon emoticon It's The Most Challenging Time of the Year! emoticon

Edited by: GRANDKATZ at: 11/17/2013 (17:56)
Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do!

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11/17/13 3:00 P

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It is difficult...friends bringing over trays (large) filled w/ goodies.


~ Do what good you can, and go in peace ~



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LEWASKO's Photo LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/14/13 5:54 A

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R2DRobin I know just how you feel. I am nervous too! We can do this!! Let's be positive!! emoticon

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11/13/13 10:36 P

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oh my the holidays are hard. I wish I had any confidence that I wasn't goin to blow it with food but...lol



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11/13/13 10:05 P

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Holidays are tough we have to drink our water that's important and try not to drink alcohol because it has empty calories and make sure we continue to exercise and try to reach for the healthier foods, but it's difficult so if your going to eat something that you don't normally eat , remember moderation is key!

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11/13/13 9:42 P

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I will have to manage to not overindulge on the leftovers.

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11/13/13 2:50 P

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The actual holidays-- Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day-- shouldn't be too bad, because we celebrate with my folks who eat really healthy. So there will definitely be healthy options available. Honestly, it's the month in between-- parties, get-togethers, baking, caroling, church potlucks-- AND all the stress of just being busy. I'm going to do my best but I'm going to be content with merely maintaining throughout December.

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LEWASKO's Photo LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/13/13 11:32 A

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Great suggestion Sherylds! I love coffee and tea. emoticon and Fruit too!

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11/13/13 11:31 A

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The holidays have never been a big deal to me. I usually only eat the main meal and rarely have leftovers to worry about. I don't drink so that's not a problem. This year I'm going to fly across the country and spend Christmas with my Grandkids, Daughter and Son in Law. It will be low stress.

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11/13/13 10:59 A

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this is a time of year when I really need a nice selection of fruit that I can grab when I see all the chocolate is in sight or advertised on tv. And I find that having a nice collection of special coffees and special teas, helps...a nice cup of cappuccino and I'm a happy camper.



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11/13/13 10:06 A

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I have discovered that the smells of the baking and cooking are as enjoyable as the eating for me. I so enjoy the smells that it makes it a little easier to eat in moderation. I also find that getting enough sleep is key for me.



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LEWASKO's Photo LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/13/13 9:53 A

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Any suggestions anyone has for staying strong at a holiday gathering I would be grateful for. I have the first of many in the upcoming months this Friday and I NEED STRENGTH! I think if I skip that glass of wine I may be able keep my resolve a little better.

I welcome advice, words of wisdom or just encouragement!! emoticon

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11/13/13 5:52 A

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We don't have Thanksgiving in Europe, but we do have Christmas of course. Years ago we decided not to be ruled by tradition, and simply make a lovely meal. Last year my husband made beetroot gravadlax, we had spinach, roast veggies and he also baked a rye loaf. For an extra treat we had butter. Why not start your own traditions?

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11/12/13 12:36 P

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I'm with PTREE15 - exercise is key for me. Helps me stay on track, feeling good, etc. Also gives me less time sitting around when I can shovel in food which is really the danger for me.

My family has gotten very small - just parents, sister and me - and last year, everyone but myself worked on Thanksgiving. Which means, I have a lot more control over what gets cooked and what doesn't. I also am a lot more conscious of what in in everything, and tend to spend my calorie buck on things I really like (pumpkin pie, wild rice stuffing) versus things that are there (green bean casserole - I'd eliminate it, but it's my sister's favorite - and mashed potatoes).



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LEWASKO's Photo LEWASKO Posts: 196
11/12/13 12:20 P

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I feel like it's the same thing every year. Weight gain and remorse after the holidays. I want to make this year different!! I know it's going to take ALOT of self control and sensible behavior. That is why i am back here on SP. I need to read all of your great successes, suggestions, and support!.

Thanks! emoticon Here's to enjoying the holidays without overeating!!

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11/12/13 12:04 P

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I am going to watch the portions and maintain my exercise regimen. When I exercise, I make better food choices. I know it gets busy during this season, but I will make sure I get in at least 30 minutes a day of intense exercise. I will shoot for 45 minutes, though.

"Turn off your television. Go do something."


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11/12/13 8:05 A

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Since I do most of the cooking at my house, I generally lose my big appetite when we sit down to dinner since I've been smelling and tasting all day. Then, I send everyone else home with the leftovers and most of the desserts and keep very little for my husband and I -- we can usually finish our leftovers in a couple of days. Done, overwith! I also try and remind myself about that totally awful full feeling you get after a big meal along with a racing heart. Not good! That's enough for me to keep me eating light.

Keep a sense of humor. Remember, laughing burns calories too!

Laugh until it hurts! It's one of the few things in life that's still free!!

Any effort is better than no effort!


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11/11/13 12:33 P

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my biggest weakness are the carbs that are a big part of the holidays.
Hard to turn down those foods people went thru so much trouble to make,
yet for me (a recovering carboholic), it's a big temptation that makes me want more.

I've got to keep telling myself...back away from the cookies, mashed potatoes, pie
Just say no.....{....well maybe just one...}




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11/11/13 8:08 A

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I actually chose to start my healthy lifestyle December 17, 2007. Yep, a week before Christmas. And I was able to enjoy the holidays without going nuts. And I still practice that today. Since 2009, I also run a 10k on Thanksgiving morning. I make room for a little indulgance! emoticon



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11/10/13 9:02 A

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yikes, time to start planning now. I'm planning on lots of walks, weather permitting



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11/10/13 5:49 A

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I'm planning to go to a Christmas buffet at a nice hotel with a good friend for Christmas.

Also a possible lunch date with other friends one weekend.

Nothing definite yet. But I will let loose a little and eat what I want, within reasonable limits. That it, I won't stuff myself silly! But I will eat till I've had enough, not till I'm fit to burst!



 
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11/10/13 4:46 A

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If I can do what I did last year I will be ok.

I made room for somethings and left others out . I still went over but not enough to put on weight

How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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See trevcannon.blogspot.co.uk/


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11/9/13 11:29 P

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I plan to stay strong over the holidays by watching my portions.

Janie Garcia Moreno

"WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"

"PRAYER CHANGES THINGS"

"NEVER PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD!"

"WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE!"


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11/9/13 7:59 P

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I believe what has your focus has you. so if you focus on the food then you will have problems. I focus on the people, the gift giving, the pretty holiday colors and my healthy life style then the food is not an issue.

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11/9/13 6:42 P

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I am going to change up the turkey meal for sure. We have had candied yams, and broccoli casserole for forty years, I know.. this year I am baking yams with the Apple slices every other one, then doing something different with broccoli. Any ideas on that? Christmas is one meal and I can keep the damage controlled on ,Christmas Eve. Plus I don't do anything on New Years eve.



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11/9/13 6:27 P

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Its about my family. And my family loves to eat. So I have to stay calm and not eat everything in sight

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

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11/9/13 5:49 P

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Meg- enjoy your holiday and don't worry about changes. It happens to all of us sooner or later.










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11/9/13 5:47 P

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I won't have a lot of choice this year. I have a physical and blood work scheduled for January.
BP and cholesterol must be down by then.
But it's not the end of the world.










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11/9/13 4:51 P

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My plan is to eat what I want on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, those days are also our grandson's birthday and our son's birthday, I'm cooking, baking and eating. Thanksgiving, I eat on the day and the next day. New Years Eve and New Years Day I eat. Other days, it's the veggies and proteins, ad nauseum................not having anything tasty at all leads to super binges the whole months of January and February. At least in my personal history.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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11/9/13 3:27 P

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it would be a nice time to start your own family traditions. Best wishes

Sheryl from New Jersey, USA... EST


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11/9/13 3:15 P

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This year we are 4 states away from our family so its going to be just myself, my husband and our little man. I will be cooking a small but traditional meal for the three of us.
I think my biggest hurdle will be not eating away my guilt and sadness of not seeing everyone this year.
I'm going to concentrate on spending time with my guys and having some fun. We are planing on video chatting with our families so we can sort of be there, at least for a moment anyway. I'm going to remember how thankful I am for the work my husband does and the lifestyle he provides for us.

Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday.


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11/9/13 2:36 P

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Holiday Overeating isn't just about Stress
It's about celebrating, socializing, and holiday foods.
It's about the food people bring into work.
It's about fighting crowds, fighting for parking, holiday gridlock.
It's about cooking and baking, tasting, and sampling.
It's about people who show you they love you by making your favorites.
It's about family and friends who spent hours cooking for you
It's about getting together with family and regressing to childhood behavior
It's about people who sabotage you
It's about family who want to have treats in the cupboard,
It's about having something for guests who stop by.
It's about unsolicited comments from folks who haven't seen you in a while
It's about get togethers with friends who aren't watching their weight
It's about how you feel about yourself, your self control, and your attitude

and if you are an 'All or Nothing' type person...watch out

SO WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST HURDLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
AND HOW DO YOU PLAN TO STAY STRONG emoticon

Great article from the Huffington Post
Emotional Eating: How Holiday Stress Trigger Problems
www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/emotiona
l-eating-holiday_n_2303761.html


Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 11/9/2013 (14:47)
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