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10/20/13 7:39 P

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I really don't eat differently, just in moderation. I allow all the good things, but I watch portion size. I will also go on an "extra" walk with the dogs to get out and about. We try to have fresh veggie trays around for snacking and I still drink my water.

Moderation is the key!

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10/19/13 1:46 P

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Agree! You sound like you're in total control!

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10/19/13 1:10 P

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This is my first year in maintenance with the holidays. I am sure I will hear, but you can have it, you aren't losing weight anymore. Halloween was easy because I am on the third floor and don't get trick or treaters, so don't buy candy. Last year it was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. Thanksgiving I calorie bank for a couple days, lay off the mashed potatoes, just a spoonful, lots of veggies with no butter(if I can grab them before my sister puts the butter on) and turkey. I do have dessert. Christmas Eve I splurge. My sister in law is a baker and I am not going without. She even makes chocolate covered strawberries. yummy. Christmas Day my sister cooks, and I do the same as I do at Thanksgiving. I had my treats the night before.

If anyone says I can splurge I will just tell them, You are right, I did lose the weight, that doesn't mean I want to put it back on so I have to do it again. I want my youthful girlish figure. Don't you agree. emoticon

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10/19/13 9:56 A

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I'm just hoping to be able to be back into cardio routine by then right now I'm in therapy for hip flexors and no cardio


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10/18/13 10:38 P

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I just rejoined this team. I still have about 10 pounds to lose. Last year my strategy included joining this team and going into a maintenance mode for the holidays. I wasn't where I am with my weight, but I didn't want to gain. I got through the holidays with only gaining a few pounds. My problem was the rest of the winter. I loved the challenges here and I'm looking forward to joining the next one. I also have some strategies I've developed the last few months as I've been losing weight and working out. I also want to read all your great ideas.
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10/18/13 5:41 P

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I never understood the holiday weight gain until I spent a week around Christmas with a friend - there were cookies, cakes, pies, candies everywhere! Growing up Jewish, we had one night of potato latkes, and that was it.

So I go with the reasonable splurge route:

My policy for Thanksgiving - eat my favorite items (turkey, cranberry, stuffing, vegs that aren't in a casserole, and fruit pie) and skip absolutely everything else. I see no point in eating foods I don't LOVE. And reasonable portions of my fave items are enough for a reasonable dinner.

Chanukah - host a big party, make a ton of DH and my favorite foods (latkes, sour cream coffee cake, noodle kugel) - and send most of the leftovers home with our friends, saving one or two portions for us.

New Year's Eve - one or two glasses of champagne, and that's about it.


This year, though, we'll be in Bali for Nov/Dec, so probably will just have a nice meal and light our Chanukah menorah. Not sure where we'll be for NYE, maybe Singapore. We just want great fireworks!



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10/18/13 3:28 P

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Holidays can be a pitfall unless you stay aware at all times that calories in must equal calories out. Therefore I stay with my usual exercise routine as much as possible and usually continue with my habit of eating smaller portions than the rest of the family when we get together.

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10/18/13 3:23 P

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The holidays will be a very sad day. Both parents now gone and no grandchildren in sight. My Mom just passed away this month. I do not know where I will be or what I will do for the holidays. My children are grown now. Linda from bean town

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10/18/13 1:17 P

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I follow my usual eating plan, allowing myself some extra treats, but only as dessert, not between meal snacks. I make sure my between meal snacks are healthy ones. I also make sure I'm sticking with my exercise plan, doing at least 30" of cardio 5-6 days a week.

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10/18/13 12:11 P

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My only tough spot is Christmas cookies. Halloween isn't an issue since the kids have been gone for nearly 20 years. Thanksgiving is just a turkey dinner with lots of guests. Christmas is the only roast beef dinner of the year. It's interesting that cooking for 2 or 3 days straight makes me too tired to eat much of it. But the rolled, iced sugar cookies! My kids call them crack because they are so hard to stop eating. Once again, I only do it once a year, but Christmas isn't Christmas without them. I use the same cookie cutters Mom used when I was little, and my kids and grandkids all look forward to them as much as the presents. I figure that if my food angst is only 2 or 3 days a year, I'm doing just fine.

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10/18/13 11:58 A

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I think I'll be okay through the holidays. I know I'll have some extra desserts and a couple extra glasses of wine, but as long as I don't over do and continue exercising I should be fine. Of course, time will tell . . .

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10/18/13 10:41 A

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I really don't change the way I do things now. I eat what I really want to eat, making it a conscious choice. I keep in the front of my mind the phrase, "Fat doesn't care about holidays".

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10/18/13 8:48 A

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With the holidays just around the corner, I thought this would be a nice time to get a discussion going on strategies our maintainers use to stay on track through the season's many food-centered special occasions. Whether you choose to indulge a bit or stick with your normal maintenance routine, please share your thoughts here. Hopefully, our diverse experiences can reach and help many others!
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