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PAMULDROW2007 Posts: 702
12/17/12 4:51 P

Almost everything is my weakness when it comes to feast. But really the sweets is my deepest weakness. I am trying to come up with a plan that its ok to have one cookie or a small piece of desert and walk away. I have a work pot luck coming up

OKLAMEG1 SparkPoints: (23,458)
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12/17/12 4:12 P

My weakness is the cookies and baked goods, but I'm not going to let them take over my holiday. I plan to enjoy whatever I want - in moderation, of course. I'll still track my food and I'll still exercise like I do every day. We usually have ham and homemade baked beans for Christmas dinner, and I think that along with maybe a fruit salad and a dinner roll isn't going to cause a weight gain if I watch the portions. Sure would like to have some pumpkin pie or fruit cake, so will see if I can work that into the daily calories too. Happy Holidays to Everyone!!

MISALINDA SparkPoints: (22,236)
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12/17/12 2:43 P

Let everyone else eat first. Once the dishes have been picked over they look less appealing and it's easier to get an appropriately sized serving. And don't have seconds!

SARAMICHELLE723 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/17/12 2:31 P

I never thought about emailing the restaurant if nutritional information wasn't available. What a brilliant idea!!

LAURIE160IN2013 Posts: 1,274
12/17/12 12:46 P

Baked goodies. Our community holiday dinner was last night. I "highballed," i.e., ate lots of no-nos but only the ones I really enjoy--no boring carbs like potatoes. I even brought some goodies home. They're all gone now and I've had enough. If there are any other get-togethers I'll stick to my diet. Maybe next year I won't even want to break my diet once. It has taken a long time to even get to the point where I can do a controlled binge. About 8 years ago I lost 50 pounds in less than a year, but someone handed me a goodie at holiday time, and I fell off the wagon and have been struggling ever since. It would be nice to just kick the habit forever. After all, I don't drink or smoke, and I don't use holidays or special events as excuses to drink or smoke, so why do I think I need to put unhealthy food in my body at certain times? Crazy! Now I'll have to exercise it all off.

NICKYCRANE SparkPoints: (87,027)
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12/17/12 11:35 A

My plan of attack is to be the same weight by the end of January as I was before Christmas! No big deal.
I ate all I wanted, including much too much chocolate cake etc during the 6 weeks I was on holiday in Turkey. I also walked maybe an average of 2 hours a day. I out on 1 1/2 to 2 kilos in that time, and was very pleased it was not more. In the ? 3 weeks I've been back, I've got rid of at least a kilo of that.
I don't call this yo-yo-ing, as I was 76 kilos a few years back and have been down to basically 62-65 for the last few years. 62.5 at the moment, I think. My aim is 57-60, 57 at home, but with scope to overeat when away from home without going over 60. I'm trying to control my weight to live, rather than living to control my weight.
When my neighbours give me large portions of tasty but fattening Albanian pastry etc, which I love, I now ask to eat a little bit and take the rest home where it does me in small portions to brighten up several meals, within my calorie plan (as well as I can calculate it). I realise I could have done that with the chocolate cakes in Turkey and intend to go places armed with a box in future. I already do that in restaurants in Albania. The one exception is at funeral dinners, where they feed us much too much, but it would be very offensive to take what I don't eat home.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/17/12 6:08 A

My plan of attack is to just eat the same food I do every other day. My weakness is carbs, so eating regular Christmas food would send me off on a 3 week binge.

COOKIE268 SparkPoints: (31,016)
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12/17/12 5:57 A

I am just going to enjoy the holidays. I find that when I'm not at work, I tend to be more active so use up more calories. Anyway as I'm fairly restricted in what I can eat cos of health issues and struggle to find healthy options (most fruits n veggies and all fish are on my banned lists), I've decided not to berate myself if I happen to over-indulge. As long as no-one has shortbread, my major weakness, I should manage to stay within range.

12/16/12 10:52 P

Honestly, I am going to enjoy my Christmas Eve dinner and dessert without tracking. JUST that day. I don't have plans on Christmas, so no need to worry about that. I anticipate my biggest hurdle to be jumping back on plan the following day! And I DO mean the following DAY, no days or weeks later. I am sure I can do it emoticon

GETULLY SparkPoints: (145,698)
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12/16/12 10:15 P

Planning ahead of time--knowing that I allow myself to have a tiny bit of everything and not a lot of anything. I get to taste all the good stuff but can still walk away.

SUGARSMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,246)
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12/16/12 5:17 P

christmas time is my time to go overboard . I forget all my plans and they go out the window as i try to get my family all the glowing things they want or think they want . the latest gifts are not anything that should cost the amount they do but buying them is breaking the family bank .vow every year this year i will cut down .but as the days go faster then i am finding i can not tell them no . no backbone i guess . eating is not that much of a problem as it once was . I simply tell myself i can not have all the goodies that i want and i do not eat them . i make and give away . to my daughter and her family or my son and his family . perhaps this year i will not make any at all . tired and useless . depressed . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

KIMMAZ1 SparkPoints: (6,344)
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12/16/12 4:18 P

Thanks for all your great suggestions. I am new to SparkPeople and just reading what everyone else is saying.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/15/12 10:25 P

Though invited to several Christmas parties, I won't be going to any this year due to illness. But when I do go to them, I bring a side dish of fruit and/or vegetables and mostly eat what I bring!

I still have trouble with the cookies, though!

MARIAJESTRADA SparkPoints: (42,565)
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12/15/12 9:35 P

Stuffing and booze. My plan is to measure the stuffing and eat it slowly. I plan on sipping my hard liquor and red wine. I am making all the dishes and will add some healthy foods like veggies and salad. Ooh, just remembered the skinny red wines.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/15/12 6:47 P

My weakness? Wanting to taste everything... and then eating more. My plan is to see what I really want and have that, portion controlled. I'll eat more veggies and protein and less starch/sugar at lunch/dinner to make way for what I want as dessert.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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12/15/12 6:44 P

My weakness is the plethora of goodies always out. I blogged about a couple of rules I plan on following to help me keep on track. The two biggest rules I plan on following are that I will not eat any store bought treats, and that homemade cookies and such can only be dessert. This will still allow me to enjoy the special things this time of year, without going overboard as I did over Thanksgiving break.

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
12/15/12 6:08 P

Weakness is everything. Plan of attack is to copy dil meal serving--good but simple.

KAR333 SparkPoints: (22)
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12/15/12 5:35 P

plan of action is avoiding Holiday Parties in general, and if my fam decides to do something encourage low fat small portions which is what we did for thanksgiving

SINAED SparkPoints: (15,107)
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12/15/12 3:56 P

I don't have a plan of attack just intend to spend the day relaxing with my kids and have a few Christmas indulgences after all its only one day. Being active with the kids as they getting new bikes for Christmas so most the morning we will be trying them out so to speak and then when it gets hot in the afternoon we will walk down to the river and cool off there

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/15/12 2:36 P

My weakness is mindless eating (and pav, but we won't be having one off those). Just grazing and picking while chatting to people is my terrible habit. I plan to sit far away from any open dishes and try to go for a walk in the afternoon, weather permitting (it is likely to be blazing hot)

MNOT2THICK Posts: 10,773
12/15/12 12:08 P

Portion control

MARYBETH4884 SparkPoints: (145,029)
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12/15/12 8:45 A

My biggest temptations are the cookies and sweets. I would always by the "stocking"candy early,then open the bags and munch through the season and then buy more and repeat. It that's been purchased and has remained sealed. I bought every little even the kids don't need more than a taste. I am making no candy this year! The cookies are another problem, they are kind of memories,everyone has a favorite and decorating has been a family social/ bonding activity. Next week I start to bake. I will make them smaller and resist the urge to snack on the dough. I will tell myself I can't eat any out of the oven because I need an accurate count so I can get an exact calorie count for my tracker. This has worked on a smaller scale since I've started tracking, I just hope I can keep it up for multiple batches. Good luck to everyone resisting their holiday temptation now is not the time to blow all our hard work at getting healthier this year!

BARB0863 SparkPoints: (10,555)
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12/14/12 8:58 P

My problem will be staying with my best friend and visiting her family in Utah. We always hit In-n-Out, Del Taco and The Original Pancake House. I'm going to plan what I can get at each restaurant and make a note in my phone so when the temptation comes I will have already decided what I'm going to eat. I'm going to ask if there are any other restaurants they are thinking of going to and research everything I can.

Both In-n-Out and Del Taco have decent nutrition info online. I had to email The Original Pancake House yesterday asking about nutrition info since I didn't find it on their site. About 15 min later I had an email with all the nutrition info I could hope for, each item as listed on the menu and broken down by component. Even though it wasn't online I'm very impressed with the response I received. I know I can now make an informed decision there, too.

I'm going to have someone take me to the store so I can get some caramel rice cakes, mandarin oranges and nutrition bars. Most of it will be for snacking, there will be movies (at theatre and home) and game night (candy lovers heaven). I figure if I'm already thinking of what we may be doing and what snacks I can feel good about eating I'll get through it okay. I know I'll have some treats but I figure if I plan and think it through everything will be okay.

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Edited by: BARB0863 at: 12/14/2012 (21:00)
KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
12/14/12 8:47 P

My weakness: Baked goodies

Plan of action: Make my own relatively healthy dessert when going to Christmas parties etc. kill 2 stones with one bird - present dessert to the host and yet have something healthy and "trackable" for myself.

STARLIGHTSHADOW SparkPoints: (10,750)
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12/14/12 6:48 P

GRAMCRACKER, how about bringing a nice couscous salad for dinner? Mix in some quinoa for protein and lots of veggies you like and it's like a cold dinner plate in one instead of a salad.

EDIT: Of course, making the couscous salad with grilled chicken tastes great as well, and then mix in a lot of veggies and it's healthy grains, veggies and protein.

Edited by: STARLIGHTSHADOW at: 12/14/2012 (18:50)
IN102WIN Posts: 862
12/14/12 3:30 P

Actually from even now, I try not to buy the tempting stuff because there is no food (salty snack/candy) that I don't like so I don't buy it! Out of sight - I wouldn't eat it. Haven't thought about how I would eat for luncheons/ dinners as yet, but I like the point about making half of your plate vegetables and the rest other types of food!!

LUCIG12 SparkPoints: (14,646)
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12/14/12 3:08 P

My plan of attack is not to tell myself I can only have certain foods or I cant have certain things, but just to take very very small portions of things that are less healthy, and fill the bulk of my plate with vegetables.and NO going back for seconds! Then I am still letting myself indulge while not going completely overboard and ruining my progress. My family's holiday food is special to this one time a year, and I don't think depriving myself of these is going to help me at all.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,786
12/14/12 12:33 P

Christmas day will be manageable. I will be taking my own recipe to the dinner and will chose wisely. Then exercise after.

Next week however, Wednesday is the ladies luncheon which I have signed up for and just got invited to friends for dinner that evening. sigh!

I guess I will order a salad at the luncheon if it is available and offer to take something to dinner. Any ideas?

CHARLOTTE1947 SparkPoints: (44,675)
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12/14/12 12:11 P

There will be no baking this year. We will skip the pecan store with its chocolate covered halves and pralines. I will keep myself out of the Christmas aisle at the grocery store. If the sweets aren't available, I'm not tempted. I bought egg nog for my son - he's not on a diet and I'm lactose intolerant, so I can't have that anyway. Someone gave us a gift certificate for a HoneyBaked Ham. I'm trying to get my husband to agree to donate it to the community food bank. It could really help someone, and we sure don't need it.

I will be going to a party Monday morning. I plan not to eat breakfast and enjoy some of the treats, but I'll be bringing a fresh fruit tray to share.

STARLIGHTSHADOW SparkPoints: (10,750)
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12/14/12 11:39 A

My weakness: All the sweets that are always available around the house at Christmas. I love cookies, but more than cookies I love Lindor balls, milk chocolate of course. Plus there's all the other chocolatey goodness!

My strategy: Be the supplier this year. I'm in Germany right now, preparing to bake the Christmas cookies for the extended family and I'm going to make them German-style. Very small, light on the decoration (normally they don't put icing on any cookies here), but a lot of them and beautifully shaped so I can box them separately for each part of the family. Those boxes are not coming back once they're gone!

Chocolate is going to come from here too, and since it's heavy and expensive there won't be a lot of it and hopefully the family will have eaten it all before I can get to it, and if not I'll do what I do right now: Stick to my plan of an occasional sample being alright, but no more. Never two. Two bring company, and before you know it there's a party with a whole lotta chocolate going on.

So, basically my plan is to limit supply, ensure portion control, and just employ stubbornness and willpower to no end.

PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/14/12 11:32 A

Great answers everyone! Remember to stay positive! If you set yourself up for failure by expecting to eat a bunch of junk then it's much more likely that is what will happen. There are plenty of good things to eat or sweet/fat things you can enjoy in reasonable amounts...and remember the holidays are about family and fun, not eating unhealthy amounts of food.

Keep up posting answers and ideas, and we can start a thread after Christmas so people can report in on how their plan worked out.

I also decided to make kale chips and roasted chickpeas to take to the gathering I'm going to. That way if I want to munch, I have something good to eat.

SARBEAR126 Posts: 120
12/14/12 11:24 A

Vendor package arrived - but everything I ate had a nutrition label printed on it, so it was all tracked. Yes, a couple hundred calories that I wasn't planning - and not actually nutritious - but it's logged and I'll be able to stay within range today.

Diligence and awareness is my plan of attack!

123BECKY SparkPoints: (1,817)
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12/14/12 11:12 A

During Christmas and New Years maybe a bite or two, but no more. We have so few occasions like this.

MAUREENIE1 Posts: 498
12/14/12 11:05 A

I'm the same as Moneysaver. Once I go down that road, I end up going completely sideways. The best way for me to stay on track, anytime of the year, is to log into Sparks and track everything I eat. Then I stay accountable and avoid going into denial.

Edited by: MAUREENIE1 at: 12/14/2012 (11:07)
12/14/12 5:55 A

I made a commitment to not eat even 1 cookie. I know it sounds harsh but 1 leads to 100 for me. I find I can control my cravings better when I don't start eating them to begin with. Plan of attack- fill up on beans and keep low fat high fiber cereal close by to ward off those weak moments. I am determined to continue this fight to stay healthy. No more junk for me.

CHB1020 SparkPoints: (1,586)
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12/14/12 5:42 A

My weakness is definitely sweets! And baking-- I have a tendency to sample everything I bake :) I simply plan to track my calories diligently and not to linger in the kitchen.

TORTOISE110 Posts: 7,926
12/14/12 5:32 A

Hoping it is possible to eat just one butter cookie...

SPUNSILK327 SparkPoints: (347,474)
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12/14/12 4:29 A

Sweets and laziness. Planning on working out or walking every day. I will only eat the sweets I really like - such as ice cream and fruitcake. I will pass on pies, mashed potatoes, cake, extra bread, candy. Even if I manage to meet 85% of this goal, I am good.

KIMBERLY_Y SparkPoints: (54,170)
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12/13/12 10:28 P

Pasta, cheese and desserts = weakness.
My attack is to take it day by day . . . attended two parties to date and I mentally prepared myself ahead of time for what I was going to allow myself to eat. I have not deprived myself. Eat only half of my dinner if I am at a restaurant. Be sure to choose the healthy option. Two small pieces of dessert and only choose what I really want to spend my calories on. Is it worth it? That is the question that I have been asking myself. So far so good.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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12/13/12 8:54 P

The nuts and snacks and goodies that are available between nemesis!

The plan is to enjoy the meals and deserts, play cards to keep my hands busy and off the snacks, and hold the fort...actual weight loss 'aint gonna happen, but try to maintain...and walk every day regardless of the weather.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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12/13/12 8:51 P

We have the family over Christmas Eve, but it's not a sit down dinner. It's appetizers and snacks. Right there is my weakness, especially the sweets. In the past I've always munched on everything and never tracked my calories because after the 5th or 6th cookie I would lose count and not want to know how many calories I was loading. This year I want to make sure I have some healthy things to snack on, which will probably be some veggies. And I need to make sure I eat enough of the good stuff during the day because I'll want to stay on track. I've been really good about tracking EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth, even the stuff I don't want to put in there, so I'm hoping that this will help me not pig out on sweets. Plus I'm doing a pretty good job of cutting way back on sweets now so that by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, I hopefully won't go crazy with the sweets.

SARBEAR126 Posts: 120
12/13/12 8:40 P

Excellent topic!

My weakness is the constant snacking - if it's in sight, I will nibble and before I can count it, I'm "over-budget" on everything! Wine and beer - also a weakness.

Plan: step away from the snack table. For every glass/bottle of alcohol, have a glass of water so I am not as "empty" for more alcohol. Bring more healthy snacks to pass - Kale Chips (kale, olive oil, salt, pepper, parm cheese - bake 15 mins at 350) were a huge hit last weekend at a family part and we did the Roasted Garbanzo beans (rinse and completely dry, olive oil, salt, spice mix (like taco spices) bake 400 degrees appx 25-30 mins?) as a snack.

And finally, and most importantly, because these are the holidays and special times and it's OK to live life within reason and moderation - make exercise a focus. It not only helps rid the body of the excess salts, but it burns some of the extra cals my body is not used to receiving. I joined a "holiday running streak" with some friends and our goal is 1 mile per day from Thanksgiving to New Years. So far, I have kept the streak and overall lost weight since Thanksgiving (even after a salt/carb/beer increase for a few days!).

Feels great to splurge and still succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

MISS_MQ Posts: 208
12/13/12 7:34 P

My biggest challenge is when I start I don't stop. And when I say I don't stop I really mean it!I'm very all or nothing... Holiday's are hard enough. I have the added bonus of being the designated holiday baker for my parents since my mom is now disabled and my dad just doesn't have the time.

I didn't plan well for our Thanksgiving trip and it was a disaster...Planning to make this holiday more of a success.

I've been baking the past couple weeks. I have to finish this weekend because we are going to be going to my folks place to celebrate both my DSD's 11th birthday (Christmas Eve) and Christmas early (we alternate years) the following weekend.

Strategies I have been using this season and on other trips., etc. that I plan to use this one are:

I freeze as I bake--removing the temptation until it's actually going to be consumed (or iced, etc)

Chew gum or have a healthy snack to gnaw on while I work.

Pack pre measured / prepared snacks and foods. For example, we will have a pizza party for the b-day. I will make ahead and bring a cauliflower "crust" and pre-measured toppings so I have mine ready to go. I bring bars, soups, etc so I don't have an excuse to graze on things I shouldn't.

Looking forward to reading others tips too!

ALICIALYNNE Posts: 2,228
12/13/12 10:53 A

My weakness is definitely the yummy holiday treats - especially fudge!

I am part of a team challenge that, so far, has really helped me stay focused this month (go to my Sparkpage; you'll find it if you want!). We get points for every day we are in range, which is a great motivator for me! Don't want to let my teammates down!

I am definitely enjoying everything, though. Just in smaller portions than before emoticon

RAYLIENET SparkPoints: (7,036)
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12/13/12 10:52 A

My mom makes so many homemade goodies, like peppermint bark, peppermint patties, peanut butter balls, etc. I love them, I have the biggest sweet tooth. My plan is to limit myself to one little treat of them per day.

12/13/12 10:36 A

Great thread topic! I have several holiday weaknesses, but my ultimate I believe the greatest contributor to previous holiday weight gains is my love for egg nog. I was introduced to egg nog by my maternal grandmother who embodied love for me. She was also the best of cooks, and the worst of cooks. Best because everything she made tasted like heaven and the worst because everything she made had sugar, lard or butter, and more sugar in it. My plan of attack is to not have it in the house until Christmas eve when there are lots of people here to drink it and to limit myself to one serving.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/13/12 10:35 A

My weakness is cookies!!! I love most Christmas cookies and they abound this time of year. Fudge holds a close second.

I don't drink alcoholic beverages at all, so I don't have to concern myself with calories from those. I am too busy with work and family to go to parties so those tempting foods are not an issue.

But the cookies are my problem. I bake them, eat them, take them and give them, eat them some more. I eat them mindlessly, distracted by the task at hand. They are at work and every business I frequent. I need ideas for a plan. Abstinence may be the best plan, but it is impractical. Help!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/13/12 10:13 A

Brilliant idea for a thread BORISNORRIS!

My Weakness: Lack of control -- I go from weighing and cooking all my own food, to staying with relatives and eating what they put in front of me.

My Plan: Be absolutely brutal with my calorie estimates. Ask myself how many calories the plate would have if I had cooked it -- and then double it. And then add 200. And then don't eat all of it. Track it all. Continue with daily exercise plan. Walk as much as possible. NO SNACKING on sweets and junk. Mindfulness. Water. "Oh that looks very nice but I'm not hungry right now."

I'm over my initial "woe is me, I will gain 10 lbs no matter what" phase and now I'm in the "I'm going to prove to myself that it's possible NOT to gain weight while traveling and staying with husband's relatives for 10 days" phase.

We'll see what phase I'm in when the homemade delicacies start appearing in front of my nose...

12/13/12 9:39 A

This topic is very relevant to me since I just got back on Spark... right before the holidays.

Similarly to the previos post, my weakness is eating too fast and going back for seconds before my body has time to be satisfied. My plan is to only make small plates and space out the time in between.

Another weakness is having more than one glass of wine. My plan for that is to find something else to bring to holiday parties.

Edited by: GOODBYEBLUESKY at: 12/13/2012 (09:40)
PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/13/12 9:24 A

With the holidays upon us and many people concerned about maintaining healthy eating habits, I am wondering what is your biggest weakness and how will you address it? Thinking about it ahead of time and having a plan really helps.

My weakness is: Overeating. Even when I am not hungry I keep eating, or I mindlessly take a sweet treat someone brought into work.

My plan: Stay conscious of everything I put in my mouth, drink lots of water to keep myself feeling full, and allow myself little pieces but not huge servings of things I know are terrible for me. I am also happy to fill up on meat and veggies. Other things I have been working on are taking smaller portions and eating s-l-o-w-l-y. Then I can finish my plate and think about what I want next while my body has time to assess how full I am. And FINALLY (this got kinda long): walking! I slip out for walks a lot. It's nice to get a break from everyone and to move around. I always ask around if anyone wants to come and usually someone does.

So I'm curious, what is your eating plan for the holidays?

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