How to lose weight over the holidays

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I’ve done it twice. Facing the holidays while I'm trying to lose the baby weight, I really wanted to refocus and remember what has worked for me before. These are some of the strategies that helped me get down to my goal weight before I had Lulu, gathered from various places and people. Have another one? Tag it onto the bottom!

Only eat the special things, or the things you can only get on Thanksgiving. My aunt always brings a store bought cake that looks beautiful but only tastes okay. I’ll skip it. However, my mom only makes noodles a few times a year. I will eat those.

Plan ahead. Think about what foods you will eat, and which ones you will skip. Look up the calories for your Thanksgiving favorites, and enter them into your tracker ahead of time, so you can see how your meal stacks up before it’s in your belly.

Get in extra exercise. Extra workouts, longer workouts, squeeze in bits of exercise here and there.

When you go shopping, and you know you will at some point between now and Christmas, walk around the store 1-3 times before you start shopping. Every store, even the grocery store. Bonus points for walking around the whole mall.

If you’re not cooking, take a low cal dish with you. I cannot convince my family to ditch the iceberg lettuce. No worries, I take my spring mix + strawberry salad with me. My step mother still gets out the ranch dressing and puts it next to my low fat honey mustard, but hey, there’s only so much I can do.

Listen to your hunger/full signals. You can have a reasonable amount of your favorites and eat to satisfaction, while staying true to your health and fitness goals.

End the excuses. If your thought starts with, “But it’s Thanksgiving,” or, “I deserve it,” stop right there and remind yourself what you’re trying to accomplish.

Wear your favorite outfit to dinner. I don’t know why, but if I felt like I looked good, I never ate as much.

Visualize how excited you’ll be when you wake up on black Friday and you didn’t overindulge.

Get in some extra activity with your family. Play in the yard, pick up football, go for a walk.

Focus on the nonfood holiday traditions. If you don’t have any, create some!

No tastes, licks or bites while cooking! They add up!

No seconds!

Remember that old saying, a moment on the lips…? It’s so true, the experience of eating even the best foods only lasts a few minutes.

I’ve regretted eating a food, but I’ve never regretted not eating a food. If you don’t eat a second serving of turkey and mashed potatoes, you will not be sad an hour later. Is the opposite true?

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    You have some great tips... carry thses through Chirstmas and you will be fine. We are all human.
    3254 days ago
    This is SO TRUE: I’ve regretted eating a food, but I’ve never regretted not eating a food. If you don’t eat a second serving of turkey and mashed potatoes, you will not be sad an hour later. Is the opposite true?

    Great advice!! Some of your tips I already use but I love some others, especially walking around the store/mall 1-3 times before shopping. What a great idea.

    I volunteered to bring desserts this year to Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law balked when I told her I'm not doing traditional pumpkin pie but instead a low fat/sugar pudding/cool whip pumpkin pie =) Gotta start somewhere!
    3283 days ago
    Great tips! Thank you. i'm not sure how I'm going to tackle the holidays for sure, but right now I'm tentatively planning on taking a little bit of everything and tasting it all.
    3283 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions. I do Weight Watchers and I already have tracked my points in my journal. Will just have to put them in Spark and I should be good to go. Should be able to hold my own! Hope your Thanksgiving is a good one. emoticon
    3284 days ago
    Agreed! Thanks for the advice I will def. be using it this holiday! ecspecially regarding only eating whats specail- thats so true I will def. be skipping rolls and blahh every day empty calories and just enjoy a healthy portions of the other stuff! Happy thanksgiving! emoticon
    3284 days ago
    Great post! I'm going to cute it up on Thanksgiving because looking good really does keep my eating in check :)
    3284 days ago
    Great tips! I'll remember these come Thursday :)
    3284 days ago
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