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I have to add, I love Thanksgiving because it's a holiday where we count our blessings. I like that I get to look at all that I have instead of thinking about gifts. I guess I'm thinking about gifts, just the ones I already have!!
The trick is to not deny yourself anything at the holiday table, but to limit yourself to one go round of your plate - one plate for dinner, one for dessert. It is hard to take it off later, so try not to put it on in the first place.
I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.
aww I'm so sorry about your loss.
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70 lbs. done!
Being in these two challenges and seeing a number under 160 the morning of Thanksgiving helped me rein it in this year.
Plus dealing with my cat dying on my birthday (the 23rd) helped me feel less like eating, too.
I had turkey breast and unadorned squash. And then I had a piece and a half of my birthday cake.
Over the weekend I ended up gaining 4 lbs but most was water because 2 are already off.
Hang in there, you guys! Don't let Food Season overcome you and your priorities!
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 11/28/2011 (13:06)
Never, ever, EVER give up!
From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.
Goal 155 +/- 3%
My biggest downfall is the stuffing on Thanksgiving, its worse than the pumpkin pie for calories!! Especially when you want a lot more than 1/2 a cup. Fortuntately, no temptations this year. Its really hard to get my family together as they simply live too full of lives. My brother has two jobs and my sister works as a janitor in the school system, does catering and lives on a farm with lots of chores! So stuff your face get togethers are very rare for me, and that is probably a good thing!
When one door closes, I simply kick down another one!! Never Give up!
Stand Tall, Walk Proud -Dani W, Fitness Instructor
Do or do not. There is no try- Yoda
Rock bottom became the solid foundation of my life -J.K. Rowling
Looks as if we all did the same things! And most of us are struggling to get back on plan.
Remember the only failure is to give up!
I don't know too much about the actual physiological process of gaining weight, but I did read many years ago--don't know if this is accurate--that it takes four weeks to turn excess calories into additional weight. Which means, as I see it, that if you overindulge on Thanksgiving--and even through the weekend--that it's going to start to be a problem in four weeks IF you don't get back on program Monday morning. Whatever we enjoyed calories-wise this past weekend can be taken care of within the next 3 or 4 days, as long as we get back on our daily healthful program of nutrition and fitness.
I'm not an expert by any means, but that seems to be pretty logical to me. Not to mention that I don't want to stress myself out to the point of not being able to enjoy the holidays.
All things in moderation! Have a great week everyone! And hopefully the "challengers' " weigh ins will be Merry this week!!
***Leslie on Cape Cod***
Sometimes it's not easy to get motivated to workout or go to the gym. But when I am finished, I have NEVER once said, "Gee, I wish I didn't do that."
~~ELEVEN pounds in ELEVEN weeks in two thousand ELEVEN~~
Thanksgiving is great, and it if didn't come a few weeks before Christmas, it would be even greater!
Fortunately, I was in Hilton Head Island, where the bikes are always at the ready and the beach is great for walking. So I got lots of extra exercise. Unfortunately, it's also a place packed full of wonderful restaurants, and my family wanted to try them all! I went up a pound, at least, but I'm hoping it will turn out to be water weight and be gone by tomorrow. If not, SP and the rest of you all have taught me what to do: Get right back to basics--exercise, tracking (and staying within calorie and fat ranges!), and knowing that yes, I CAN do it.
Started at 138, aiming for 125. Got there, and 120 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 118 seemed possible. Got THERE, and 115 seemed possible. And that's where I want to stay. Maintain, maintain, maintain.
Chone--I totally understand. Dessert is my favorite food group (unfortunately). It's the sweets and carbs, and for my body (and possibly yours) those two things together sabotage my best laid plans. Then when I indulge I have a hard time getting off the merry-go-round of eating more and more carbs and sugars. The best thing for me to get back on track and off the spiral of carbs and sugars is to concentrate on getting plenty of proteins and plenty of veggies. That helps to break the bad cycle. I'll be doing that very thing this week to get back on track. No more traveling for several months, so now I can concentrate on doing what I need to do to reach my goal. Good luck to you.
You can exercise until the cows come home, but unless you also eat right you'll still be a cow coming home.
"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” William Penn, circa 1686
I had a good time this week overall. I did eat more for the Thanksgiving meal but the weight gain the next morning was all water-weight. It's already gone now. I'm still working on liking the fact it will be winter for the next 5 months here. They make snowpants for a reason. I'll go outside and play today.
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.
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Right there with you all! I did really well (I'm not a dessert fan or a really big eater to begin with, so that helps), but eating out and enjoying meals that I didn't cook (i.e. no control over ingredients!!!) has me packing about 3 extra pounds of water weight. It'll go this week as life gets back to normal....
Barb, what you wrote here is one of the best things I've ever read on SP and I hope I remember it:
"Celebrate each good decision, forgive ourselves for the bad ones, and don't compound them by giving up."
This captures beautifully how I would like to approach each day!
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made - Wayne Dyer
Leader, Go for the Goal
I agree, Barb. You get rid of that belly one day at a time. Alas, it's a lot faster to put it on than to take it off, the very thing I remind myself when confronted with goodies. I helps me get through on plan. Hard as it may be to say "no", it's easier than repenting.
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
Right there with you. It's been a reactive feeding frenzy since the holiday itself, but it stops today. So far, so good. I am NOT happy with the turkey belly you describe, and I see it in my own mirror, too!
Anyway, as for advice... taking my own, it's just that it's time to go back to basics, and make each day between now and Christmas as "normal" as it can be. Track. Be active. Celebrate each good decision, forgive ourselves for the bad ones, and don't compound them by giving up.
Defeat is temporary: giving up makes it permanent! Never give up!
Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
I know how you feel. I too ate too much this weekend.
I know tomorrow I will get back on track. I started today with my morning exercises and now Mon am. I will be monitoring my food intake. I have got rid of all deserts that are bad for me. If I can do it so can you. That is what this is all about. Supporting each other.
Boy, do I love Thanksgiving!
I tried to stick to my diet plan,but everywhere I went temptation was there. I even reverted to talking to myself "stay strong you can do this." My will came crashing down like a stack of cards when my aunt brought out that sweet,sweet, German Chocolate Cake...sad to say, but it started a four day eating frenzy, inwhich made my belly stick out like I swallowed the whole turkey.
If anyone knows of something to rid of this belly or any advice I gladly appreciate it.