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I'm Mad! And I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore!!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Had to leave out a couple of key words to allow this to be published, but I've sure most of you have heard the saying or the song!

But what I'm mad about is working so hard to get fit and toned, only to have holidays and birthdays roll around and the weight comes swooping back down on us. Sure, we could be martyrs and not eat the birthday cake (canolli, cupcake, whatever) but even that wouldn't make us happy. We could starve ourselves on the days we are going out to eat -- not healthy and still doesn't guarantee you won't gain. We could eat a small healthy meal before going out to the party or restaurant. In my case, my DH would be wondering why he was paying $17.95 for food I was just pushing around on my plate!

Like it or not, there is no easy way around the holidays. Food is everywhere, and if it isn't food, it's drinks (they can be worse as they don't even fill you up).

None of my ideas are new, but here are a few guidelines you can count on:

1. Eat fresh fruit when given the choice.

2. Drink half and half wine/soda water for a fraction of the calories.

3. Little squares of ham or chicken, even cold shrimp are OK. We need protein.

4. Nuts are healthy, but quite high in calories -- it's best to skip them.

5. If you're in your own home and want a dessert try sugar-free jello, even with a dab of light cool whip on it, it's very low-cal.

6. Eat a bowl of tomato soup before you go out to eat -- you'll be forced to bring home a doggy bag (for lunch the next day).

7. When everyone wants dessert, see if you can share with someone.

8. Suggest a moonlight walk around the block, or a dance or two. You'll feel better and it will use up calories.

9. Drink plenty of water as your day goes by. Take it with you shopping!

10. If you cheat on something, don't go ahead and eat everything in sight -- start over right that minute -- you can do it!!

Good luck with all your celebrations, lunches with friends and family and those big family dinners that are coming up. Remember pumpkin pie is better for you than pecan -- start studying, so you make those good choices instead of the bad ones.
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    Great tips, Eve! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1661 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/6/2013 12:06:41 AM
    Do the best you can and remember to exercise both your will power (or won't power as in I won't eat that slice of pecan pie) and your body. emoticon emoticon
    1662 days ago
    Very smart ideas!! There is really no reason to gain ( or gain much) over the holidays as long as we are mindful of what goes past the lips and we continue to get our exercise!!! Believe it or not, I didn't gain over the holidays the last couple of years! It can be done!
    Hope you are well and having a wonderful day!! (((HUGS)))
    1662 days ago
    emoticon the Holidays are hard and those are all good ideas I am just going to take a bit of only the things I like and nothing else and no seconds that is my plan so hope I can stick to it and exercise my butt off I want to have a loss of more then 1/2 pound this year - so lets emoticon
    1662 days ago
  • DALID414
    I definitely know what you mean Eve.
    After my Sept birthday it's my sis' birthday 2 weeks later, then the boyfriend 5 days later, then Halloween (darn candy lingers everywhere!), then everyone puts their pies on sale and advertises their Thanksgiving dinners....
    I think my strategy this year is going to be to order soup as my main course PERIOD!
    1662 days ago
    I have not lost the pounds I gained on my vacay and now it is travel time again! I need to make better choices and decide what my priorities are...
    1662 days ago
    1663 days ago
    I hear you, Eve !! It is very maddening when you work so hard to take off 5 lbs., and in just one bad eating day it is back. It just doesn't seem fair. I put on 4 lbs. just over Halloween weekend. emoticon

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    1663 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I'd love to sub for you on the eating part.
    1663 days ago
  • KLONG8
    It is frustrating and it is reality. Just have to plan for you suggest! As much as you can emoticon
    1663 days ago
    emoticon emoticon

    These are all good points Eve. Thanks for reminding us that we can get through the holidays without gaining a ton of weight. I will be going to Durango, CO for Thanksgiving so I will not have any control as to what is being served. I will try my best to eat wisely. Even if I gain a few lbs., I will not beat myself up about it.

    Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon
    1663 days ago
  • LAC936
    Think of it as G.I.G.O. Garbage In, Garbage Out ... I try to associate high calorie foods with garbage and who wants to eat garbage!
    1663 days ago
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