I'm still working on getting down from my Spark original goal weight to the weight that I want to be able to maintain and that is about another 10 pounds. Was hoping to be there by my birthday in Nov., but the weight loss is much slower this time around.
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Well, not that, but I start a "Holiday Maintenance Challenge" on my Better Body group for me and 12 others (first come, first serve), that I closely monitor. 12 is about all I can oversee. (Actually, 10, but usually at least 2 drop out within the first few weeks.) The goal is to not gain any weight. This year it will goes on from about a week before Thanksgiving until mid-January and I am going to add setting a physical fitness goal into the rules. Members are required to take bi-weekly pics and weigh regularly. We fiercely support each other. Having that group of people watching me as an example keeps me from going over the rails.
My policy for holidays and special occasions is to enjoy the special foods and time with family and friends, but ONLY eat the items I LOVE (and skip the ones I'm okay about but don't LOVE) - and of course only have reasonable portions. I've learned that I easily feel deprived if I label foods "good" and "bad" - so I'm better of focusing on good nutrition over all, and portion size, without saying "this food is off limits."
Our Jewish holidays don't seem to last as long as the Christmas season - but we start our holidays in September, with the new year celebration of Rosh Hashanah (lots of apple cakes, apples dipped in honey, honey cake, round sweet challah with raisins in it, all so that we wish everyone a sweet year); we move to the day of atonement, Yom Kippur, when we fast (but of course have a feast the night before, to hold you over, and then a light meal to break the fast); then Sukkot, the harvest festival, when we finally feature fruits and vegs, without the sweets.
It goes on like that all year - something each month, all celebrated through food somehow. So I make items lighter with nonfat or lowfat versions, aim to stay in range but still enjoy what I eat, and not make myself feel deprived or crazy.
Of course, this could be why I lost 45 lbs quickly and then haven't lost more in quite a while......... But at least I don't gain during any of the holiday seasons.
I actually blogged about maintenance plans I was making for the holidays on Aug. 10th: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009628
I realized my past mindset that kept me yo-yoing had a lot to do with the holidays. I like the idea of going below ahead of the holidays. I will have to think about all this as actually the goal I have now may be a little below for me already and I don't know about losing much below that. I appreciate your post to help me think ahead.
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I really don't think it strange at all, I have been thinking about the holidays for several weeks. I will probably do what I did last year and give myself permission to enjoy the holidays and worry about the weight gain in January. I love the holidays and make all sorts of yummy things that we only have at the holidays. To not be able to participate will really put a damper on my enjoyment. I grew up in a household where certain foods were only made at certain holidays and I do the same. The plus side to this is when the holidays are over one goes back to their usual routine. I hope to just reach maintenance when the holidays start. For my family they start in mid November with DS birthday and end in mid January with DD1 birthday. Like last year I will try to keep the weight gain to 5 pounds. Have fun with your holiday prep.
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Your plan sounds smart. I have done it for the holidays but never a vacation. It always puts me in the mindset of "paying attention" to food again. Sometimes I backslide on food choices because I exercise a lot. However, during vacation and family holiday visits I get close to zero.
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I know the holidays seem like they're a long way off, but I like to plan ahead! Before I went on my last vacation, I got down into the lower end of my maintenance range to give myself a bit more of a cushion so I could enjoy myself without guilt and without having to go back into weight loss mode after vacation was over. It worked like a charm and I went straight back to my maintenance plan once I got back. I was wondering if anyone else uses a similar strategy before the holidays, vacations or other special events and how you've fared.
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
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