I'm still learning this part myself. What has seemed to work is to make sure I plan in advance. However, even the best plan gets derailed - what do you mean there is not veggie tray? - so you have to be flexible. Still, slip-ups happen so don't over react and get yourself right back on track.
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current weight: 13.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (50,465) Posts: 4,493 12/20/12 5:01 P
I find that my weakness is sweets, so I try to bring along something that won't totally derail me, and if that is not possible, I try to NEVER go hungry and limit myself to one small portion of the most tempting sweet and tell myself that if I limit myself to just that one, then I can live with myself to have a small treat again tomorrow or the day after instead of just throwing caution to the wind and having to deprive myself for days and weeks on end.
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
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I realized this past Thanksgiving that I could give myself permission not to have some of everything. And I realized there are 4 or 5 things I don't really love, and a few things I can have any old day (hello rolls).
I used to be someone who ended up with a piled-high plate because I wanted to try it all. Now, I browse the buffet and then pick the things I want to try. It's not really a rule, but I try to keep food from overlapping or piling up. One layer with a few select items.
Celia Maintaining since May 19, 2012
current weight: 3.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (66,694) Posts: 20,238 12/19/12 9:38 A
Lots of great suggestions so far. I guess I would add:
I suggest checking out the whole spread of food being offered and then selecting your top choices. I eat high protein, low carb, so I check out the "clean" meat (not fried or loaded with sauce). For instance, boiled or grilled shrimp or smoked salmon or plain beef. I "cherry pick." the good stuff; let the other stuff go. If I choose a dessert, I limit it to one piece and savor it.
If someone won't take no for an answer, I will sometimes package up their special dish and take it home and just have small portions over several days or freeze or share with the family/friends.
I also drink ice water, and focus on conversation or dancing rather than eating
current weight: 2.8 over
Fitness Minutes: (195,490) Posts: 82,146 12/18/12 6:48 P
Like Tanya, I never go to food events hungry, and seldom eat there. If it is a sit down dinner I nibble on whatever is served and have coffee for dessert. Social events around home are easier because I'll be home for the next meal. Travelling is more problematic because I won't have my own kitchen for weeks on end. I never eat snacks or desserts, and being a non-drinker my mind won't turn to mush when confronted with peanut butter pie. Just because the smell and sight of food is enticing doesn't mean I actually have to eat it. Do I miss out on a lot of really great food and delicious food experiences? Absolutely. But when I step on the scale it's worth it. No taste sensation is worth the price of the head banging misery of weight gain.
Nell Reston, Virginia
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
For me the ticket to success in any tempting situations is to have a plan ahead of time what my priorities are. For instance for me I know that I won't seriously overeat as long as I stay away from anything with sugar or grain or beans. So I have one rule that says no sugar, grain or beans. I also know that liquids other than water can get me in trouble. So I have a rule to only drink water, tea and decaf at parties. If someone insists they want me to have a "special" drink I request a slice of lemon or other fruit in my water glass. I know that I never overeat salads or meat so try to order those in restaurants. I know that if someone offers me something I don't want to eat that it can be hard to refuse, so I tell the person that I can't eat .... for health reasons (which is the truth). Most people will accept that. Having said all this, for me it is the comfort zones that create the biggest problem, like watching a long, good movie last night and having old habits of munching all the way through it. I needed to make a decision to do something with my hands, knitting, folding laundry etc.
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/18/2012 (18:50)
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this is hard for me, too. One thing I've learned recently is that I have to have a VERY specific plan for dealing with social events. Saying to myself, "I won't eat much" is not a strategy. I do a much better job if I focus on specific things: eating before a party, not standing in the kitchen, bringing a low-calorie drink that I enjoy, etc. I am trying to lose a few pounds over the holidays, so I have to very careful right now.
We're travelling as a way of life - the important part is some kind of routine. I have pretty much the same thing for bkfst each day - there are a few measured options for lunch (like veg fritatta with a side salad, or a chicken/veg sandwich on whole grain, or eggs and toast) - same for snacks, and dinner - and I usually have a bigger lunch and smaller dinner. Plus walking everywhere. We keep snacks (fruit, muesli) in the hotel fridge or in the camper van, depending on how we're travelling.
I do find that I can eat a bit more when travelling, but I try to keep each day in my optimal losing zone (1400-1450 cals for me) - but, well, gelato calls to me every so often.
One thing I did this past weekend was to actually cook and eat a meal at home before we went to a holiday party. While we ate light and healthy, I found that I was full enough that I didn't want to eat. I kept a drink in hand during socializing vs a plate of food. Good luck thru the holidays!
Tanya San Diego, CA
"Somebody said they saw me, swinging the world by the tail Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the blues." Robert Plant/Allison Krauss
120 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 4,596 12/18/12 5:41 P
Hi everyone! I find it relatively easy to stay on track when I'm working inside my comfort zone--cooking my meals at home and knowing exactly what's in the food I'm eating. As long as 80-90% of meals are made by me at home, I feel in control and at ease with managing my weight and health. The real problem comes for me when I leave my comfort zone for longer stretches of time, whether it's because I'm going on vacation, eating out a lot or if I have a particularly full social calendar of food-centered events. I have a hard time reigning myself in when there are lots of tempting foods on offer and was wondering how other people manage to stay on track when you're outside of your comfort zone for more than an occasional meal or special event. I'd appreciate any tips you can share now that my Christmas vacation is nearly here. Thanks so much!
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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