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3RD_LAW Posts: 20
12/11/12 8:30 P

It's so great to see so many motivated people!!! I am going to lose weight because I'll budget my calories over the holidays just as I do every day. I will definitely indulge on some not-so-healthy foods, but I do that every day already. Just eat small portions and eat often.Plus, I wont have to cook since we're spending Christmas at my in-laws' :)

THOMASINA57 SparkPoints: (262,340)
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12/11/12 7:01 P

I'll allow myself a nice Christmas dessert and that's about it.. I really hope to maintain and not overeat.

PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/11/12 6:17 P

Now that I am eating better and have become a lot healthier, when I do overeat, I start to feel depressed. Maybe that sounds weird, but if I stuff myself I feel gross and kind of sad. It's really strange.

I actually remember this happened before.

Anyway, I don't plan to gain any weight over Christmas, but I'm very lucky; for the most part I will be at home near my gym and in my kitchen so I can keep my healthy habits.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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12/10/12 9:13 P

"Allowing" myself to gain weight would be "allowing" me to hurt myself -- and I don't want to hurt myself. Living a healthy lifestyle is what I do FOR myself that is a way of treating myself well. Why would I want to treat myself badly.

Yes, I will probably indulge in a few more high carb, high caloric foods than usual -- but I will try to keep that to a minimum by eating healthy the vast majority of the time -- and I will try to get some exercise on a regular basis. Just like normal.

I might gain a pound or two -- but hope to avoid it by being sensible about it all.

FITNAPTURAL SparkPoints: (78,105)
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12/10/12 1:53 P

Allowing myself to gain will mean I'll lose total and complete control. I was gone for 4 days for Thanksgiving and Christmas will be around 10 days at home with the family. I maintained and I plan on doing the same for Christmas. The day of isn't the problem for me. The real issue is the snacking and restaurant food that I'm not used to eating regularly. Water and regular workouts will be my friends this vacation :)

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/10/12 1:28 P

The idea of allowing yourself to go a little crazy during the holidays seems to suggest that your diet is punitive the rest of the time. I plan to eat exactly the same meals on Christmas as I do every other day. My gym will be closed, but if it is warm enough, I will walk outdoors.

There will always be some reason to cheat. Birthdays, Holidays, meals with friends, days you feel upset. If you have a diet that you don't feel deprived on, you will prefer it over cookies, or cake. Cheats happen, but you shouldn't plan them, or "allow " them. They may be unavoidable on Christmas, unless you are okay with being rude, but the rest of the holidays are no reason to cheat. That is a choice you would be making. Three weeks of cheating?

That is why we have New Year's

STODD251 Posts: 754
12/10/12 1:07 P

I aim to maintain over the holidays. If you really think about it, the majority of the days leading up to the actual day are just regular, old days... there is no reason to splurge every day and put on a bunch of weight that you're just going to want to take off again. Sure, there will be more get-togethers with friends, but you can plan for those by being conscious of the choices you're making most of the time. And why not get rid of some of that chocolate? Get in the holiday spirit by giving it away to someone else emoticon

12/10/12 12:47 P

I don't allow for any weight gain, but like many others have noted, I do plan to enjoy the holiday. I didn't plan to gain at Thanksgiving, but I ate extra and had to work harder the next week to take it back off. I still ended up losing two pounds in November, so I consider that a success. I'll be happy if it turns out the same way at Christmas.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
12/10/12 11:51 A

I always aim to break even. I don't allow myself to gain anything, but I know I might not lose it either. I treat the parties & such like I would going out to eat or going on vacation; I head for the veggie trays or fruit salads, grilled meats, and a little bit of the sweet treats or mashed potatoes.

Edited by: SCTK519 at: 12/10/2012 (11:51)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/10/12 9:18 A

Allow? Why would I want to even think of allowing myself to put on weight or be lazy? I would never give myself permission to do anything like that. now if it happens that is one thing because it will be all my doing. I would never set myself up for failure.

SQUEE_ME Posts: 37
12/10/12 8:34 A

Nothing! I've been far too lazy as it is! I plan on having a bad diet day on Christmas Day itself but other than that it will be healthy eating and exercise :)

TCANNO SparkPoints: (360,366)
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12/10/12 6:54 A

Nothing but I intend to try and keep to my calories

I shall still exercise and if need be do extra

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/10/12 2:55 A

I won't 'allow' myself to put on any weight. I plan on eating what I want on my birthday (Friday) and Xmas, but other than that it will be business as usual. This is a lifestyle, which means my usual eating won't change, apart from birthday cake and xmas pavlova!

BREAWAKENED SparkPoints: (2,742)
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12/9/12 8:39 P

My best advice for you to is try to sick to your diet as best as possible. But do not let yourself feel deprived. It is okay to go a little over your calorie goals but try not to go to far. And try to keep healthy choices on hand. Weight gain can be normal this time of year. Things get busy and food gets fatty. I am just starting out (Again) And i am determined to lose weight this time around even during this time of year

Try to keep it around 5 pounds. And keep up the movement!!!!

HAPPYDEM SparkPoints: (4,408)
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12/9/12 8:30 P

I'll be on vacation during Christmas with my family so we'll be eating out every meal. But I'm going to make as smart of choices as possible, and we're going to do a lot of fitness related things (hiking, horseback riding, etc) so in a perfect world, I won't gain ANY! That's the goal.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
12/9/12 7:23 P

I don't allow myself to gain over Christmas

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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12/9/12 5:54 P

None. While I hit my original goal weight about 4lbs ago, I wouldn't mind getting down to 140. But I know this is not the time of year to try it, so I'll just be happy to stay where I'm at.

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,731)
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12/9/12 5:50 P

I lost during November even while enjoying Thanksgiving in a healthy way. Plan on the same for December. So far I am on tract with several holiday parties already come and gone....

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
12/9/12 4:29 P

None! That's one "gift" I'd rather not have.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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12/9/12 3:40 P

I'm definitely not "allowing" myself to gain anything. I've worked too hard these past few months. At the same time, I know one or two days is not going to set me back. Sure, I'll indulge, but not every day until New Years Day or to the point where I'm going to gain weight.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
12/9/12 3:10 P

I'm not actually planning to gain weight over Christmas. I may not lose a large amount of weight but I don't plan to gain any weight.

First I plan to keep unhealthy foods in the house to a minimum. Sure I might eat some chocolate or cookies but nothing that wouldn't fit in my plan. I don't plan to make huge amounts of unhealthy foods to give as gifts either.

Second I plan to continue with my exercise plan as much as possible.

If I were you I would track your chocolate or whatever and just allow yourself a moderate amount.

12/9/12 10:31 A

I'm not "allowing" myself to gain weight over this holiday or any other. If I want a few cookies or some stuffing or whatever, I'll count it in and make it part of my plan.

SARAHANN01 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/9/12 10:19 A

I've never really understood people saying that they are allowing themselves to gain X amount. Like are you calculating how much you eat to make sure you gain just that much? Confusing to me...

Anyways, I do plan on making a gingerbread house to which I am sure there will be some tasting going on, sampling a cookie that I make for the cookie exchange I am a part of (Because you can't give something to people without knowing it's good, right? ;) The rest will go over my grandparents house on Christmas.), and eating whatever I want until I am full (and not over stuffing myself) on Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving I weight in at 2.5 lbs higher than the week before from both Thanksgiving day and sampling the food I was making throughout the week. However, with going back to eating well and exercising, I was down the 2.5 lbs again by the next Saturday. I imagine Christmas will be about the same.

BLYNQI SparkPoints: (7,097)
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12/9/12 10:10 A

i created my account here the week before Thanksgiving. at the time, i didn't think about how that might kinda clash with holiday comfort food eating. now i'm pretty glad that i did it. instead of putting on weight, i've taken some off. it's like, my Xmas present to myself. it feels good.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/9/12 8:57 A

I'm not "allowing" myself to gain.
That being said, it does not mean that I will not indulge in more/different than my normal menu.

But, if I entered it with the mindset of "allowing myself to gain" - I'd possibly lose control.

I've determined this is a lifestyle of healthy eating, so I'm not limiting certain foods; just the amounts.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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12/9/12 7:23 A

Hopefully nothing and I will continue to lose. I'm still going to moderate myself and eat healthy over the Christmas holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas day I may reach my maintenance calorie needs but it would seriously hard for me to eat above that even if I wanted to. I get full easily now. So I'll probaby have 2 write off days where I don't create a calorie deficit but won't create a calorie surplus either.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
12/9/12 7:08 A

I have changed my lifestyle and I will not ruin any part of my success at staying healthy.

Dark Chocolate is actually good for you. Hershey's now makes dark chocolate kisses. You can eat 5 of those for 100 calories.

Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Dark chocolate has a positive effect on your mood too! Limit your choice if you desire a bot of chocolate and always chose dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/9/12 4:57 A

The holidays are my biggest downfall, year-round... I always say I won't gain weight but with all the traveling and eating at relatives' houses, well the best I've ever done was 5 lbs gained and the worst was over 20 lbs! THIS year... I don't know. I hope not much. I hope none. I hope I lose. But I will probably gain at least 5 lbs just because of traveling and not being able to weigh food, track food, cook for myself, etc.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,924)
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12/9/12 4:28 A

I don't 'allow' myself to put anything on over Xmas. However, that being said I only really over-indulge on Xmas day and for one Xmas Luncheon I go to for an oldies' group I make the Xmas Cake for. That is tomorrow :-)


TCANNO SparkPoints: (360,366)
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12/9/12 4:05 A

well nothing but that won't work emoticon

The answer should be as little as possible

ANNABELLAM SparkPoints: (2,800)
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12/9/12 1:00 A

How much are you going to allow yourself to gain over christmas? And when does this period of being naughty and putting on weight start and end for you?
I'm thinking of splurging from now until Dec 31!! Argh its too hard with so much chocolate in the house...

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