Hey - it really worked (asking ahead about the menu & tracking ahead of time)!! In order to stay within my calorie range AND have a small piece of cheesecake I knew I had to skip the bread that was served. It was so easy to pass it on by, because the decision had already been made.
My advice in general: Don't STRESS! Don't let the holidays stress you out. It's bad for your health and well-being.
In regards to food: I am big on portion control and focus on eating a couple of bites of what I really want during the holiday gatherings and vacations and focus most of the rest of my foods on healthy choices. It seems to balance out well that way and I don't feel deprived. I have even lost weight this way! Even on vacations!
Exercise: I workout anywhere between 2-6x/wk. I don't always do what I consider a "workout" either...sometimes its just a lap around the block with my dog or walking to and from work. It still counts! Do what you can this time of year...it all adds up. I added extra motivation by downloading some new music for my ipod to listen to while working out. I also joined the gym this last summer because I knew this time of year when the snow is on the ground that I won't run outside - I could slip and fall and kill myself lol. Treadmill time!
I also enhanced my weight loss motivation this time of year by getting out my winter clothes - even some that are too small...so I can remember that I need to get to where they fit - even over the holidays. Come January, I am going to want them to fit, no matter how good that pumpkin pie was, I didn't need more than a small piece and only occasionally and I certainly don't need them permanently attached to my thighs! It wasn't THAT good! Lol. So I want to see a thinner, fitter me in January - no resolution needed!
Edited by: HAPPY2BTHIN4ME at: 12/15/2009 (19:32)
-Michelle Life is better in motion!
Start/Current/Goal 191/180/145-155, 5ft10in tall mother of 4!
I have a holiday party tonight. I decided to ask what will be served. I'd rather be close on guessing my calories than just go into it completely blind. I know finding out ahead of time is not always an option ... but it is helpful when you can do it.
current weight: 270.0
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Avoiding alcohol is critical for me. I never drink much - preferring to eat my calories, but especially at the holidays when there are more parties, punches, and festive occasions. Even one glass of wine can loosen my resolve to be good with my eating. At parties and buffets I allow myself one plate and I put the healthier selections on first. I pace myself and eat slow. I allow myself a little piece of something sweet with a cup of coffee after I have allowed my dinner to settle. I may not even be tempted by then :) Joanne
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (54,406) Posts: 8,496 12/14/09 10:07 A
I've discovered that once I start eating desserts or candies that it continues on for me for days (and weeks). For now, I do better with a "just say no" policy to sweets. I'm on a sugar-free streak right now (day 13 I think), so I plan to kept on with it during the holidays. I know that's not for everyone, but it works for me.
I want to give myself the gift of being lighter on January 1 than I was on Dec. 1. So far, I'm on track for doing it.
We are getting very close to the Christmas holidays. This week, I thought it would be good to share your holiday hints. No, not how to beautifully decorate your home ... but how to survive the holidays AND eat decently and keep on running and exercising.
For some, this may be the first holiday season with our new healthy living habits. For some others, maybe you have had years of experience. So, let's share what we have learned and let's get through this together!
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