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How do you prepare for December's holiday challenges?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

December is coming, with all the challenges of Christmas, New Year, and the holiday period in general.

This often means:
- lots of food to eat
- party and drinking
- cold weather, less motivation to move outside
- lots of sitting in the sofa, watching tv, talking to friends

I want to prepare for this, so I have fun, and still live healthy.
What are the challenges for you during the holiday period?
How do you deal with it?
Tips, ideas, suggestions welcome!
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  • GAL7288
    I know what you mean!For me it means traveling and squeezing in all my relatives in a few weeks. I guess it keeps me moving a bit, if only I could ride a bike to see all of them! I usually take leisure walks whenever I can, and I try to include them as well. I usually try games in the parties to first of all perk up the parties and include everyone. Games like relay racing, maybe softball outside if it's not too cold, and Houston is not that cold! Regarding food, I look at everything that is available and choose 1-2 things that I really must have and enjoy it. It's not everyday that I get to eat a special meal with family and friends so I try not to worry much.
    1665 days ago
    I can give you one word of advice: Plan. I have one week this month that I will be attending 4 holiday lunches ALL IN ONE WEEK! I have assessed the menu choices, looked at my exercise schedule and will use that combination to survive. Also this may be a time that you simply want to maintain. Maintaining is not a bad thing!
    1668 days ago
    I try to limit my indulgences to a few special meals and not let them carry over into the following meals or days. I accept that I'm going to gain a few pounds over the holidays, enjoy myself within reason for a few important days and get back on track as soon as possible once they're over. It's not easy, but I'm managing better and better and almost feel like a "normal" person now!
    1669 days ago
    I track it, and aim to weigh the same at end of January as I did before Christmas. Last year I was still shedding weight, and to my amazement I actually weighed less at end of January.
    Everyone gives me bakllava, so I normally ask for a knife and cut myself a small portion. Only one family took offence. This year I plan to take a doggy box around with me when I go to families with whom I have a relaxed relationship. They want me to enjoy their food, and are not fussed about when or where. I then save the calorific stuff for days when I have calories in hand!
    1670 days ago
    Plan, plan, plan. This is my fifth Spark Christmas
    season.I have a wonderful record of what I have
    eaten in past years. I copy those days to the current
    year. I already know what my calorie targets are as
    I move into the season.

    I cut back my calories starting in October to
    allow for the extra eating I will be doing in December.
    I track everyday through out the holiday season
    including Christmas. It is easy as I am using the
    template from prior years to guide me. Tracking
    everyday keeps me focused on my larger goals
    especially when I am indulging.

    Then I enjoy the special foods I love in moderation
    throughout the season happily returning to my normal
    eating patterns in January.

    It works every year! emoticon
    1670 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/27/2013 1:22:37 PM
    The way I have dealt with Holidays in the past was to simply set a definitive time limit for how many days I was taking off for Bad Behavior. No going past my limit, however, (that has to be a rule ya stick to), so I enjoyed my time off, for all it was worth, while I had it and then went right back to my dedicated to being healthy lifestyle.

    Whatever we do we should do with a happy heart ... or else it might not be worth doing.
    1671 days ago
  • LKG9999
    The years that I have been successful in staying on-track I pick and choose which days/events I can indulge in some holiday treats. Every day in the office between Thanksgiving and New Years does not qualify! By having a few special days to look forward to, it helps keep me from ad-hoc snacking and treat overload. I also keep up a regular exercise routine as much as possible. If it is too cold/snowy outside, I move it inside.

    Tomorrow I am bringing roasted veggies and flavored seltzer with me so I know I can have healthy drink and side-dish options. We're also making a very non-healthy appetizer so we don't look like total kill-joys, but I'm planning on only 1-2 tastes of it. Also planning to help out a lot and keep my hands busy!
    1671 days ago
    I've taken my workouts inside, swimming and exercize dvds.

    I also want to cook the Christmas dinner myself so I can cook less than my mom and we won't overeat!

    Happy holidays!
    1671 days ago
    Healthy substitutions in preparation.
    1671 days ago
    I try not to stress too much over calories. I stick to everything in moderation. I indulge but only in small amounts and I stay active. I love many spark videos and I use my elliptical more during this time.

    I hope you have a beautiful holiday season.
    1671 days ago
    We deal with holidays One Day At A Time. We don't live seasons, but days.
    1671 days ago
    Trying to make my visits, active. Staying on track with food and exercise because nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. Doing my best to hold my own when goodies are thrust at me.
    1671 days ago
    I am usually too busy to munch on junk food. I am lucky if I have the time for healthy meals. I am very active and so the holidays are not to bad. Have a happy and healthy holiday season.
    1671 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving
    1671 days ago
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