Everyday Can’t Be A Party – Controlling Weight Over Holidays

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Controlling Weight Over The Holidays- Everyday Can't Be A Party

The holiday season is chock full of celebrations…all revolving around eating. It’s no wonder some of us feel helpless with all the festive food choices.  It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel. But, I am here to say that several scattered occasions do not have to send you careening off the weight wagon. As long as you remember one important thing when it comes to controlling weight over the holidays…Everyday can’t be a party.

Today is the second part of the Holiday Food Survival Guide. We have all talked about how to approach the loaded holiday table.
 
It is possible to control weight over the holidays.

Controlling Weight Over The Holidays

It’s easy to adopt the mindset, “Well, I blew it at last night’s party, so I guess the whole month of December is a wash” mentality. Typically, Christmas parties offer an enticing array of rich, sumptuous delicacies that few of us can resist.

Let’s assume that you are planning to attend five Christmas parties plus a New Year’s Eve party this holiday season. That’s six days out of a total thirty-one days when you will likely overeat. So what are you going to do with the remaining 25 days of the month?

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Everyday Can’t Be A Party – Balancing Act

What are you eating in between the parties? I have discovered that controlling your weight over the holidays is a balancing act.

1. Plan For The 2 Days Before And Two Days After A Party

If you know that you will be attending a Christmas party on Saturday, it’s time to make a plan for the 2 days before and the 2 days after the party. Make plans to rid your diet of all “extras” for those 4 days.

This means choosing black coffee over fraphchoochoos and passing on the fries for four days.

2. Plan To Exercise At Least 30 Minutes On Two Of Those Days

On top of that, plan to exercise for at least 30 minutes on two of those days. Several of you have told me that it is hard to keep up with a fitness plan during December. Here is where you have to take proactive steps to plan movement into your days.

  • If you can’t make it to the gym, walk around the block.
  • Get off the elevator 5 floors early and walk up the stairs.
  • Park in the furthest parking space and walk in.
  • Turn on some festive music and walk laps around your living room or dance with your kids.

3. Refuse To Give In To The Urge To Wait Until January To Get The Weight Off

How many times have I told myself that I would just wait until January to get the weight off?…a lot! Here’s the big problem with this way of thinking. It removes all restrictions to your eating. Most likely, if you pigged out on 6 occasions during the month of December, but kept the rest of the month in check you might likely gain one to two pounds….or maybe none at all! But, if you defer all self control for 31 days, it’s likely you could end up 5 to 10 pounds heavier by January.

Even more damaging than the extra weight, is the feeling of defeat you feel when January rolls around. In essence, putting off your self control by throwing off all restrictions on food just defers the emotional pain.

You may not actually lose weight over the holiday season, but controlling your weight over the holidays is achievable if you aim to keep things even until life gets back to its normal pace in January. Next week we’ll tackle holiday sweets.


Are You Ready For Lifelong Success With Weight?

I actually learned to make these kinds of choices when I decided to get off of the weight roller coaster two years ago. After years of yo-yo dieting I started a process of journaling to uncover my expectations, assumptions and flawed thinking about food. For years I felt helpless and hopeless against the lure of food…basically, I was acting on my beliefs. Maybe you’ve also wondered why you can’t seem to resist food. If so, I’ve written a book to help others work through the same process as I did…what do you have to lose, but the weight that has frustrated you for years.

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12 Comments

  1. I fully agree with the plan ahead when you know you will be in a situation where you could possibly overeat. I tend to travel a lot over the Christmas holidays so I make sure I have fruits and raw veggies around to snack on rather than enjoying too many sweets. I also go walking to check out the neighborhood so I increase my exercising.

  2. As usual, Shellie, your advice rocks! I definitely plan my workouts, but my eating habits could be better.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Terri, yes I always found that my workout habits came easier than my food habits until recently.

  3. Jacy Lewis says:

    We have 4 Christmas parties between now and next weekend! Definitely helpful advice. We’ve got to buckle down our workout routine all week it looks like!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Jacy, it’s always funny to watch people drop out at the gym during the holidays when that is the very time they need it the most. Thanks for taking a moment to stop by.

  4. All great advice – thanks for sharing x
    #WeekendBlogHop

  5. Kathleen says:

    So good to see you here 🙂 Such good advice – don’t wait until January. Another problem of waiting until January is that we fall back into old habits so easily and then come Jan. can we so easily dump the old habits.
    Keep bringing your wisdom to the Blogger’s Pit Stop
    Kathleen

  6. Freda says:

    I love the 2 day before and 2 day after tip!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Freda, it seems to be easier to take when we break it down into manageable increments of time.