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My Christmas rules

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This week at work has been full of temptations. Donuts, Christmas cookies left by the coffee pot, work potluck and going out for lunch. This has actually been good. It's like the pre-game to the big season that will start next week when I go home for 3 weeks around my family's typical midwest cooking (loads of carby sides, little protein) and my mom's wonderful Christmas baking.

I have put together a list of rules I plan on following that will help me not stress so much about what I eat, let me enjoy this season, and not pack on 10 pounds in 4 days as I did over Thanksgiving. A good compromise I feel if I can stick to these.

Rule #1- Nothing out of a wrapper
I'm going to eat sweets this holiday season, there's no denying that. But why would I want to have a Snickers bar shaped like Santa Clause when my mom's homemade cookies, bars, and pies are available? This should cut down on the mindless reaching for whatever's available as well. Applies to all store bought treats.

Rule #2- Treats are only desserts
If I want a cookie or slice of pie, it can only be for dessert. Not because its 3 in the afternoon and I'm walking by the cookie jar. I can have a piece of pie after dinner with no guilt, but I don't need the one in the evening

Rule #3- Don't let myself reach completely full
I blogged about this before and a surprising number of you agreed with me that one you overeat, and then your stomach gains a little empty room, it is so tempting to fill that back up. I can help my chances by not overeating at meals, and if I do, fighting hard to get myself down from that high. Possibly using a diversion method

Rule #4- At least try and work out
Even if there's too much snow to go running, or I can't make it to a gym to lift, I can still work on abs and flexibilty in the mornings. Everyone can use a little work there

Rule#5- Don't instigate
I shouldn't be grabbing stuff on my own. If I'm offered something I can make the decision to accept, but why should I be the one to grab the first beer? My dad or buddies will bring it up soon anyway haha. And why suggest going out to eat? Unless I know its gonna happen, then I might as well suggest a place where I can get something healthy that isn't a salad

Rule #6- Eat perfect when I can
If I'm eating lunch on my own, it should be protein and veggies. I'm not going to have the best options available at family meals so might as well make up ground when I'm home alone.

Rule #7- Christmas itself is free
Our family has snacky appetizer snacks after church on Christmas eve, and then never eats an actual meal Christmas day until dinner. And I just love this. We'll eat holiday treats all Christmas eve, breakfast in the morning is candy out of our stockings, and here I am allowed those reindeer shaped hersheys and an entire bag of peanut butter M&Ms.

Rule #8- Never let my food dilemas get in the way of friends and family
I'm not going to turn down a chance to go the bar with the old hockey team, and if I'm getting cranky about depriving myself at a social event, I need to find a way to enjoy what really matters, even if it means mindlessly going after the appetizers so that I can enjoy the conversations peacefully again. A few pounds over Christmas isn't going to kill me in the long run.

Have a Merry Christmas everybody. Hope you all are just a little mindful of what you're consuming this year than last, but don't ever let it get in the way of what this season is about. God Bless!

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    Good rules. I have found it is so much easier once you make it a habit to refrain from old holiday eating habits. The biggest trick is just being aware of it and THINKING before eating. You can do it.
    2020 days ago
  • SLEE103
    These are awesome rules!! I love your attitude, to be mindful but don't let it get in the way of the spirit of the season. Well said!

    And I love that Christmas is free and that you don't have a meal until dinner...we do the exact same thing. When we were little we would have Christmas cookies for that we're older...well it hasn't changed that much lol. And then appetizers the rest of the day.

    Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck on keeping to these. I'm sure you will AND enjoy the season's special treats, and then look forward to continuing healthier habits afterwords. Happy holidays!! emoticon
    2020 days ago
  • STODD251
    I really like these rules, especially no packaged junk. I may have to adopt these rules over the holidays. I think it's a good way to keep in check without depriving yourself.
    2020 days ago
    Great rules, KYLAR! Great for Christmas, into the New Year, and beyond! You've planned for your success mindful of family traditions, time with friends, and the meaning of the holidays. Sparkful!

    I'll borrow your rules to keep me on track. I love "treats are only desserts." I've been really having a chocolate free for all lately and it's really crazy. I want a bit of sweet after meals, but have been stretching it out into the evening. If I can adapt the only dessert rule, that should really help.

    Enjoy your holidays! If you get a chance, take a look at TRIANGLE-WOMAN's SparkPage. She has an awesome Christmas tree veggie tray as her wallpaper that you could easily make for your family's Christmas Eve or Day snacking. I bet your mom would be impressed!
    2020 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2012 8:24:08 AM
    Awesome plan, you should really be proud of yourself! You have just the right amount of restraint along with room to enjoy your Christmas vacation and not feel guilty or cranky about it. Well Done! God Bless you too and Have a Safe Merry Christmas!
    2020 days ago
    Great blog! Life is full of phases, and it should be. Eating perfectly all the time inevitably becomes a burden and increases your chances of really falling off the wagon once you get desperate. But incorporating seasons into your diet, like at Christmas, gives you much needed relaxation and satisfaction and makes it easier to continue eating healthily afterwards. Kind of like how periods of rest between hard training cycles are both rejuvenating and necessary.
    2020 days ago
    This is a really great list. It is a way to enjoy the actually special items (i.e. mom's pie) without falling into the trap of "everything is special during Christmas" (Santa-shaped snickers). I will only be with family for 5 days (and that includes travel to 3 different places), so I won't have as much time to make bad decisions. I hope you don't mind, but I think I may decide to follow the same rules (except Christmas is free, because we do Christmas 3 days in a row and that would get excessive). Your rules are the moderate's guide to the holidays. Thanks for posting!
    2020 days ago
    Simply awesome list. Only 1 in there that I wont try to incorporate myself (and that's only b/c my bane is sour patch kids...which come from a bag). Great stuff man. I hope you stick to it, enjoy the season, and then hit it hard when you get back to the routine. Good Hunting
    2020 days ago
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