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Making it through to the end of the year

Friday, November 09, 2018

The holiday eating frenzy is about to begin and there are articles in the paper, the magazines, on SparkPeople, TV shows and all over the internet on how to avoid weight gain. Some people have a lot of discipline and can make it through without gaining any weight. That is not me; I am tempted and usually give in. Cookies anyone? Yes to another piece of pie?

So I read the articles and came up with suggestions which are listed below with links to articles. These are all great suggestions and I have used many of them to keep my weight under control most of the year or lose those pesky pounds that keep coming back. If it was easy to do any of the tasks on the list consistently I would be pounds lighter but making good choices and exercising is an everyday process. Some days it is easier than others.

Then I read this in a SparkPeople article:

“Indeed, studies show that weight tends to increase during the heart of the holiday season, which stretches from November to January. In fact, how much you weigh in October is likely the lightest you'll be all year, with most people seeing a steady climb through New Year's.”

Followed by reading that anything that happens in these 10 weeks, on average, takes about five months to come off which is May! Really?

The worst part of holiday weight management for me is always thinking about what I am eating, planning what to eat, saying no to foods I love, and trying to do it within the increased social activities and demands of the holidays. Again I usually give in and enjoy myself. Did someone say cornbread stuffing?

There is no way I can add anything new to my regular planning and it is hard to find the time to stay with my regular routines. I could hibernate for two months but I would miss the fun of the holidays. Keeping weight management simple and being practicable about exercise is the only way for me during the holiday frenzy. The best advice I read was

***It’s a whole lot better to make a resolution to gain less during the holidays instead of trying to come up with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

***Stepping on a scale frequently during the holiday season helps to reaffirm how well you are staying with your plan. It motivates me to evaluate choices or get out for a walk.

***Handle slip-ups immediately don’t put off eating healthy until next year.

I am looking forward to a fun holiday season but I am committed to limiting the amount of weight I gain.

What do you do to have fun but still make it through the holiday season?

Suggestions for Dealing With Holiday Weight Gain From a Variety of Sources:

Exercise Strategies

1. Don't let your workout schedule go by the wayside
2. Set a goal that you can accomplish in 90 days.
3. Find an exercise buddy
4. Get into a routine—like, yesterday.
5. Tackle exercise with a chilly challenge.
6. Lift weight instead of gaining it.

Nutrition Strategies

7. Change your food mindset.
8. Don't punish your stomach by cutting out food
9. Call for backup by working with a nutritionist
10. Set some snacking boundaries.
11. Embrace food-free celebrations.
12. Come prepared to parties.
13. Track your progress.

Other Suggestions and Strategies

Change your attitude, it is just another day
Create a walking tradition for after the big meal
Make reasonable food choices
Practice Mindful eating
Make lighter versions of favorite recipes

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks so much for the reminders. I have worked too hard to see those pesky pounds come back on!
    731 days ago
    Cheer up, looking at the sketch by the New York times, the average trend from August to July is to lose weight. Bob
    732 days ago
    Great reminders! Thank you for your delightful and encouraging blog! emoticon
    738 days ago
    I'm gearing up to make my holiday survival plan too - and to start with I'm going to re-read my past holiday planning blogs. See what tricks worked for me back than.

    I love a plan
    742 days ago
    I usually don't do bad during the holidays as I don't work and am not exposed to a lot of outside temptations. I make my own meals as healthy as I can and use portion control.
    745 days ago
    In addition to all the holiday stuff, my family also has 4 Bdays we celebrate every year between Thanksgiving and New Years. I usually gain about 7 pounds during this time, but am very motivated to not let that happen this year. My strategy is to try to position myself so that if I have to get stuck physically near some food, it is the raw veggie or fruit platter as opposed to the chips or fat-filled appetizers.

    This is the one time of year being gluten free really helps as I literally have to say "no" to many things and people can't argue with me. However, last year I hosted one of the holidays, and thinking that I was REALLY going to be lucky on that front, two of my relatives felt "sorry" for me and figured that since I spent all that time prepping the house and meal, and so didn't have time for dessert, they went out of their way to prepare a plethora of gluten-free sweets. Even after I specifically told people NOT to do that!

    So, I accepted them graciously, tasted them. And, the next day, well let's just say the garbage bag had some more food in it. I really hate wasting food, but seriously, I did not need those things!

    Although most people reading this probably feel the same way, I just wanted to make the point that if someone says don't bring something to a holiday party DON'T BRING IT!!
    745 days ago
    emoticon It is a good reminder that we are about the meet the greatest challenges of the year.
    emoticon For me the key will be not to deny myself the foods I love during the holidays. Rather it will be to limit my portion sizes. It is too easy for me to have that second helping of stuffing, the second piece of pie later in the evening, etc. If I am going somewhere for a party, I will try to fill up on low calorie foods before I go. emoticon

    745 days ago
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    Great tips and suggestions! Cheers to enjoying the holiday season, without regrets! emoticon
    746 days ago
  • CINDY247
    In the past I always gain 15-20 lbs between Halloween & New Years This year I am determined not to allow that to happen!! Thanks for sharing & Keep on Sparking!
    746 days ago
    Thanks for the reminders. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    746 days ago
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