I always look forward to the holidays: getting together with family and friends, enjoying special meals, and celebrating. It's such a joyous time, but I also get nervous about gaining weight because we go to parties, entertain, bake, eat out, and overindulge. What I'm realizing is that I have to make a choice in advance
. The "holidays" are going to be celebrated all through December. I have a choice whether to make an eating plan and stick to it, focus on eating healthier foods, or just be victim to all the rich, plentiful, inviting food that will be all around me, and have a weight gain. I know there will be times that I might falter, but with a plan I might just have a very small weight gain or stay the same. Without a plan, from past experience, I know I can gain at least 5 pounds.
I heard a Weight Watcher lecturer say that most people gain between 5-15 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years! Yikes..
What is your weight loss goal for this month over the holidays?
Will you gain, lose , or maintain your weight over the holidays?
Please join me in a 30 day action plan for the holidays ( month of Dec)- doesn't matter what eating plan you are following as long as you follow it during the holidays! Leave a comment in the comment section that you are going to create your 30 day month of December plan .
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I would love to have other bloggers share how they plan to eat healthfully and consciously during the holidays. Maybe some healthy low cal real food recipes? Some tips etc.
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During the month of December, I plan to follow Weight Watchers and track and post everything I'm eating.
I'm doing this for two reasons.
1. I don't want to gain any weight- and would actually like to lose weight
2. I want to eat consciously and healthfully even through the holidays so I feel good
( when I overeat, eat junk, and high carbs which is what's around during the holidays- I feel bloated, tired, and stuffed)
What is your goal for this holiday season?
going to stick to your eating plan no matter what!
Maintain your Weight?
Enjoy extra food, but with restrictions
Accept a small gain?
Enjoy extra food, and exercise more.
Don't restrict myself- enjoy all the goodies of the holidays and forget an eating plan
Personally, I just returned from an all inclusive Carribean vacation, and I didn't follow an eating plan. I did a lot of walking , but still managed to gain about 4 pounds. Since, I need to lose those 4 pounds ( and more) I am going to be very conscious of my eating during the month of December, so I don't become one of those Weight Watcher statistics who gain 5-15 pounds during the holidays!
1. Exercise daily or 5 times/week - I go to the gym and use the Elliptical machine, lift weights twice a week, and jump on my rebounder for about 15 minutes /day. It helps you feel great. Or just walk at least 1/2 hour day.
2. Follow my Weight Watchers plan which includes eating lots of veggies, fresh fruit, and for me beans and small amounts of grain. ( I'll be sharing a recipe for roasted vegetable soup which is warming, filling, delicious, and zero points plus ( I get 26 points plus/day)
3. Write down what I eat- trust me , it helps to see what I am eating in writing even if I overindulge. It's easier to get back on track.
4. Plan- this step is vital for me.. I have to plan in advance, especially if we are eating out.
Going to a party? bring a vegetable tray
Going out for dinner? check their menu on line in advance and plan what you will order
Going shopping? pack some healthy snacks ( cut up veggies, cheese stick, pre- measured food, nuts, a piece of fruit )
If I don't plan , I know I will get hungry and sometimes there are no good choices.. so I always have something for me in my purse-
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