Surviving the Holidays!
Weight Loss this week: 6.4
Total Weight Loss: 150.4
Even though Thanksgiving was this week I managed to lose six pounds this week and reach my goal of losing 150 pounds. A lot of people have asked me how I managed to lose weight during Thanksgiving so I thought I would share some of my tips but also some tips I found in Weight Watchers magazine. (Even though I don’t do Weight Watchers I still find their tips to be very helpful).
1. Drink lots of water. It really helps me keep my belly full and helps with cravings.
2. Eat a piece of fruit instead of pie or other desserts. It gives you something sweet but isn’t unhealthy.
3. Plan ahead….Check with the host and find out the menu, if there is not any no carb options then bring something with you or offer to bring a no carb dish as your contribution (I never want to burden anyone with my diet restrictions).
4. Start some non-food related traditions. I have noticed that a lot of my family traditions are centered around food so start some new traditions and take the focus off of food.
5. No stinking thinking! Don’t think of it an unfair or a bad thing that you can’t pig out. Food if our fuel even on the holidays not something to make you happy. Remember how unhappy food made you when you gain and use that as motivation.
6. Exercise before the party. Do some exercise the morning before your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. After I exercise I am more motivated and focused on eating healthy because I don’t want to waste my workout, I am more health focused..
7. Participate in some retail therapy. Shopping the holiday specials is fun (if you like shopping) and it gets you up and out of the house. I count my shopping trips as a workout cause I’m usually out walking all day when we go especially on Black Friday.
Tips from Weight Watchers Nov/Dec 2012 Issue pg. 14
1. Write down what you eat even if you eat something you shouldn’t. Gives you a good point of reference and helps you own up to the things you ate.
2. Take a downhill ski trip over Christmas. Or some other active tradition.
3. Run a turkey trot or other marathon and kick off the holidays on a healthy note.
4. Keep to your normal eating routine no matter where you are.
5. For every treat that you allow yourself make yourself walk a mile or do an extra hour of exercise.
6. On Stress: Learn to say no
7. Check out the entire buffet before you make a choice.
8. Make sure the kitchen is stocked with healthy foods that you normally eat so you have healthy options when everyone else is eating food not on your diet.
9. Keep up your normal exercise routine even during the holidays.
Feel free to comment and add your own tips!!
This has been an awesome week for me. I had a large loss which was welcome news. I had really slowed down on the weight loss for awhile now and after starting my fitness classes instead of losing I was gaining. So I was super excited to see that not only had I lost 6 pounds but I also finally was able to reach my goal of losing 150 pounds. This is not my goal weight but I am half way there now and I feel like I’m on a good track.
I have started fitness classes at Studio Pro Fitness and Dance in Kiowa, Kansas. I am loving it!! The studio is brand new and they have an awesome staff. I was really worried about starting these classes because 1) I have never really worked out before or taken any kind of fitness class and 2) because of my weight I had lost my ability to do a lot of physical activities. I would like to say though that the staff at Studio Pro has been so helpful and supportive. I do what I can (which is a lot more then I thought I would be able to do) and they are great about giving me modification if I can’t do something.
SO……for any of you out there saying I just can’t do it. If I can do it you can do it!