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How I Got Through the Holidays

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Today I weigh exactly the same as I did on December 1, 2012.

That's both bad news and good news, depending on how you look at it.

To see no overall change in my weight in 5 weeks could be bad news. And any other time, I would see no weight change as very discouraging.

But I'm choosing to see it as good news. More than that, I'm declaring it a victory.

I don't know about you, but for me, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's is the most challenging time of year. Not only are those weeks a nonstop food feast, but there's also the depressing combination of colder temps and shorter days. All I want to do is cuddle up in my blankie and wait for spring. Making it worse this year is a knee that seems to be rebelling after a season of running.

Most years, the holiday season is when I fall off the wagon in a major way and have to spend the first 2 months of the year re-losing weight. If I'm not so discouraged and disgusted that I bother at all.

This year, I decided to do something different. I decided to be realistic about the holiday season. I set a goal to maintain my weight. To weigh no more at the end of the holiday season than I did at the beginning. I let myself off the hook tracking every bite or even every day. I gave myself and my knee a break from exercise. I didn't weigh myself as often.

I approached the season as an opportunity to practice my maintenance skills.

And maintain I did.

Now, after a few weeks of relaxed behaviors, I'm ready to go again. I spent the morning creating a new weight journal spreadsheet for 2013. I have a pantry and freezer full of healthy food. My water bottle is at my side. My rebounder is set up in front of the TV and DVD. I did a 20-minute cardio workout on it with no knee pain. I switched my SparkCoach program to plateau-busting to remind me of the basics and jumpstart my January.

Happy New Year!
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    very nice! And I love the wallpaper!

    1989 days ago
    TADA! Your sensible plan and your action on the plan worked well. Best wishes for a happy healthy 2013
    1989 days ago
    Maintenance over the holidays is always a victory in my book!
    1991 days ago
  • LESLIE871948
    ok this blog is great and Me too on no December gain, but of course what I want to know is how do you put those cool graphics into a blog..
    1991 days ago
    I use Excel spreadsheets to track a LOT of stuff.

    Good job maintaining!
    1991 days ago
    Way to go! Happy new year!
    1991 days ago
    I can ABSOLUTELY relate to this blog and to how you feel about the holidays!!! I feel my challenge begins in October, however. To top it all off, my birthday is December 12th. One trap after another from October to New Years Day for me.

    I did gain a bit of weight this past year and am currently 2 pounds over goal. I'll get back there, I'm not worried about it.

    I have to rethink my way of thinking next Fall/Christmas and I'm really not sure how to approach it. This year I made it through Halloween and thanksgiving okay with little to no weight gain. Christmas was another story.

    That's GREAT you didn't gain any weight during the holidays; I'm so happy for you! Pat
    1991 days ago
    I absolutely love your plan emoticon
    1991 days ago
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