I'm thinking I will do a preplanned option 3. Stick with my eating plan on all days without a special event attached to them (and I don't have many) and days with a food/treat containing event I will stay on plan the early part of the day and maybe ratchet up the exercise. I'll also be taking it easy on the drinks as I tend to overeat in direct proportion to alcohol consumed.
Christine, Last year I did something like #2 (staying exactly on plan certain days and then just being somewhat reasonable other days) and it worked really well. Hope that works well for you. For some reason, this year I'm feeling like if I try that, I will just give up the whole plan since I'm so new to trying it.
I WILL have SOME sort of plan by tomorrow morning! :)
JUSTCONFUZZLED: Love your attitude! Especially the sentence: "I start out every day trying to be 100% compliant, and then if I mess up, I try to mess up as little as possible."
That's what I will be doing through the holidays.
Also love how you found a workaround for your peppermint ice cream craving! S-M-A-R-T !!!
Dawn: When I first started TSD, I was so psyched that it was SUPER-EASY to stay on task... even while sitting in restaurants with my family and friends! (I would eat my TSD foods prior to going out, and then MAYBE order a side dish of veggies while out.) I lost two lbs per week several weeks in a row while I was "on plan." My wish for you is that your newness to the Simple Diet will be in your favor!!!
Christine: I had to look up to see what NSV stood for! --Non-scale Victory! LOL Speaking of really looking forward to getting one's groove back... I want my groove back too! It really didn't seem hard at all to stay ON the diet when I initially began. One thing to consider is that sometimes our bodies intelligently recognize that we may be deficient on a nutrient---therefore, it produces intense cravings in us in order to try to get us to obtain that nutrient (or nutrients). I know that personally I need to do MUCH BETTER on my intake of fruits and veggies. I'm weak in that area...
So happy to hear fellow team mates chiming in on this thread! Thank you!
well susy when I did very well last year I think I was doing # 3 but I think this year I will probably do # 2. I would like to do the same as last year but MY RESOLVE is not as strong this year for some reason and I know its because I am NOT seeing the scale move much so I tend to get the " why work so hard " blues and blahs !!
I really don't want to gain a bunch though and I am seeing that as time goes by that I actually "look " forward to getting my groove back in TSD !! I feel better and have more energy and so I am finding myself " WANTING " to get back to TSD !! YIPEE this is really a NSV !!!
baby steps and it will take that to change my lifetime of bad habits !
R....Refuse to quit O....Overcome all obstacles A....Account for all my actions R....Reach all of my goals
I must R.O.A.R, R.O.A.R, R.O.A.R
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Thanks for starting this topic, Susy. I've been thinking about this. I agree with you that "#1" (100% on plan) would be awesome but I can't see myself being that strict. That said, the other day I told myself to think back to last year's holiday dinners. At the time, I'm sure there were special foods I thought I just had to eat, but just 1 year later I can't remember any of them. Nothing really tastes that great that I even remember it, but I bet I would remember if I stuck with a plan and lost 10 pounds in Dec.!
I doubt I will really do 100% but I do know that it does not work for me to just "try to mostly make good choices." I end up eating way to much, way too many times. Still thinking over my game plan...which I'll need for Thurs and Sun.
I take the holidays just like I do every other time of the year... I start out every day trying to be 100% compliant, and then if I mess up, I try to mess up as little as possible. It's been hard trying to get back on track - I just don't feel as motivated as I was before, even though I KNOW I need to push forward (or at least stop moving backward!). No matter what, I at least try not to fall into the "well this diet's over - I might as well eat whatever I want and start again tomorrow/after the weekend/next week" mentality. I was once told to look at it this way - just because you get a speeding ticket, it doesn't mean you might as well go ahead and break all the laws and go out and rob a bank! You just accept that you made a mistake, get back on the road, and continue about your business.
I'm lucky, though - the holidays don't tempt me all that much. Most of the time, I can bypass cookies and cakes with the best of them, so a Christmas cookie display doesn't phase me. (Being a salty person, bowl of chips and salsa is a totally different story - lol!) I did catch myself craving peppermint ice cream last night, though, so today at the store instead of buying peppermint ice cream i bought some peppermint extract, and I'm planning on putting a little bit in my vanilla shake and sticking it in the freezer until it's RRRREEEEEAAAALLL-LLLLYYY cold, and drinking that to get my peppermint fix.
We're all learning together, and were going to get through the holidays together!
Okay... So I've been thinking about the upcoming holidays. I do have a few thoughts, but have not decided on anything concrete yet.
These are just random musings---and I have no idea about how credible some of these ideas are or not... (Please offer your input!)
=1st: Stay strong and 100% compliant from now through January 1st.
=2nd: Try the EODD (the Every Other Day Diet using the Simple Diet) Day 1: 100% compliant / Day 2: Eat off-plan, but choose smart. Keep alternating.
=3rd: Begin every day expecting to be compliant. Only go off-plan on a few occasions.
=4th: Begin each day compliant. Fall off-plan as the day goes on.
What are your thoughts of additional variations?
I don't have any answers. I know that I -want- to follow through on the very 1st choice: 100% compliant. However, I'm not thinking that's going to happen (especially with Thanksgiving at my house, and us traveling for the next 3 days after Thanksgiving, PLUS us meeting back up with all our snowbird friends down in Alabama, and they are NOT following a diet plan and want to go out frequently) It's not looking good for me.
But my next choice is #3: Begin every day expecting to be compliant. I could end up with some very good (on-plan) days!
Remember teammates: We're all in this together!
What are you going to do? Any ideas yet? Or are you as confused as I am?! LOL
One thing that I do know FOR SURE... Let's don't quit this team (or quit posting on this team) if we get discouraged. Let's promise that we'll keep hanging in through the holidays as a team. Yes???
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