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Hooray for the Holidays!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

This time of year is always so joyful festive and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are such a wonderful time full of Family, Friends and of course Food. And in my family, our tradition has always been the more of all these things is always better. Everyone’s houses are decorated from top to bottom with lights and tinsel and bows, and every oven is working overtime cranking out holiday treats. I think I gain weight just thinking about it.
We also have a great tradition of gaining about 10 pounds during this time of year and then vowing to “get back in shape” at the first of the year. Of course this never happens and we swear that next year we will do better. But this year I have decided I have worked too hard to just eat away and then have to rededicate myself to RE-losing the weight I have work so hard in losing in the first place.
So in talking with my trainer, we decided I needed a game plan. And not just of what foods I could eat, which was a hard fought debate, but also when I would work out and my biggest weakness, how much beer I could drink. For Thanksgiving the plans was to work out that morning and eat a good nutritious lunch before heading to the family gathering. The plan for dinner was lots of vegetables, minus the marshmallows, lots of turkey, a small portion of potatoes, a small portion of stuffing (my favorite part) and two beers. The morning after I was to also work out and everything should be good.
Well plans are great, if you are able to follow through, but as always life doesn’t always work out the way you plan. My biggest mistake was that I was running late and didn’t get a good lunch in before I left. So I was unable to resist all the hors d'oeuvres and treats put out, even though I tried to stick to just the healthy snacks, I knew I was in trouble. I did well during dinner and ended up having only one beer the whole day! Then next morning I did my work out and felt pretty good about myself, the problem was it was only Friday.
I did the best I could the rest of the weekend, but after a few more dinners with friends and family and a few more beer I ended up gaining about 4 pounds over the holiday. At first I was pretty disappointed in myself, that I couldn’t be disciplined enough to stick better to what I knew was healthy. But I soon realized that I’m human and with that I’m going to mistakes. The trick is to learn from these experiences and be better prepared for the future. Hopefully I can do better during Christmas!!!
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    I have found the trick to "setbacks" is to stop them QUICKLY!! Not let, "Oh crap, I blew it" turn into a weekend of excuses, or a season of eating---
    1992 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan and will be all ready for Christmas. It is tough for all of us as we face all these temptations. Those treats seem to be around most of the month for me as we have a lot of mini christmases all December long. I, too am planning on portion control and extra exercise for those indulgences I partake in. emoticon I hope you have a wonderful month and a very Merry Christmas!
    1996 days ago
    yes you are human & we all take stumbles whether it be by willpower or injury or just last of motivation, I find if I want to indulge in something, I work out a little longer.
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    1996 days ago
    At least you're realizing that a setback, is just that, a setback, not a failure. May the rest of the holidays treat you well!

    1997 days ago
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