The idea of re-gifting baked goods at a homeless shelter is fantastic. While the homeless do need good, healthy food, they also need a jolt of holiday spirit and Christmas cookies just might fill the bill. Happy Holidays to ALL!!!
My plan for the Holiday season is to keep drinking 4 glasses of water before breakfast. 4 glasses of water before dinner. If I am going to a party, I bring a bottle of water with me. I limit my consumption of alchohol to one glass of white wine. I went to my son's house for dinner lastnight and I enjoyed it! I ate homemade macaroni and cheese and shark. I added 10 minutes to my cardio workout this morning! I am going to a birthday party on saturday. I am going to add another day of exercise this week!
One year my office job inundated me with chocolate and alcohol. I'll admit: I kept the alcohol. I don't drink much so I am able to take it home and keep it. The chocolate, however, was another matter. I received upwards of 10 boxes personally. Every night I took that day's boxes and left them in an ally for the homeless to find. If I found a homeless person, I left it with them. Although the homeless struggle with health issues, the extra fat and sugar can help them keep warm during the bitter cold of winter in the north eastern US. So if you're an urban dweller, you might want to consider this tactful way of dealing with unwanted holiday candy and cookies.
11/28/2010 11:02:58 PM
I love the idea of "Scheduling your workout like an appointment"! I'm going to give this a try now in preparation for Christmas/New Years. My exercise minutes Thanksgiving week were rather sad.
I like the idea putting the focus on friends & family not food. That's what the holiday season is really supposed to be about. If I'm visiting & talking, it's a lot harder to be chewing at the same time. :-)
Maintaining exercise really can make a difference. One year, I took in a foster dog from mid Nov. through the holidays with the idea of having him adopted by Christmas. He'd previously been kenneled, so we did 2 & 3 mile walks daily, sometimes more. Plus I walked my own dog. It's the only time I've ever lost 10 pounds over the holidays without trying! Maybe I ought to try it again!
12/15/2009 7:12:24 AM
These are all excellent tips and provide helpful advice for surviving the holidays (that are filled with hectic days and tempting treats).
I did bring some fresh veggies to a unexpected invitation to a dinner party. The veggies were a hit. I was so glad because I made sure I ate a cup of them, so I know I had about 2 servings at least at lunch.
I started SparkPeople just about a year ago, but I have lost my way for the past few months. I have decided to "start over" now, even though it is the holiday season. I did it before; I can do it now.
Really, for anyone, this is a better gift to give yourself than traditional material gift. Thank you, Coach Nicole, for the reinforcement. I had one cookie that turned to three this evening, but after seeing this, I am ready to get back in the saddle.
One of the best articles ever on how to take charge of your own weight during the holidays. We are not victims of the season after all--who know? :D Excellent concrete suggestions. I plan for some of the items in my wardrobe to be a little less snug in January!
This (as most others on SparkPeople) is a very well-written and informative article! Every year I fell into the trap of parties, cookies, "Mom's House" and etc., and inevitably gained 10 or more pounds, always feeling like a "sausage" in my jeans, and unable to find anything that looked nice on me when I looked in the mirror! The last few years I have concentrated on attending WeightWatcher meetings religiously from October first to January 1st with the main objective of staying motivated and on program. Knowing I was accountable each week to step on the scales (no matter what program you follow) will keep you motivated and accountable over the holidays and you won't feel that "squeeze" after the holidays. Perfect timing for the article. Now I hope lots of people follow their advice. I know that I will for sure!!!
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