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What Will it Take?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Last year as the holidays came and left I found that despite all my good intentions that once again, I had those darn extra holiday pounds to deal with.
It took months of hard work to take off what came on in such a short time. How does that happen? emoticon

I do NOT want to go through that again. I am no spring chicken and it does seem to get even harder in my "vintage" years to take them off.

So I am asking myself, what will it take this year? What will I do differently? All suggestions are appreciated.
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    Oh how I can relate to this! For me, I'm going to tell myself "No excuses!" I can't look at it like 'oh, just a little' because I know ME. A little means a little More. No way. I'm too old to add pounds on and my goal is to get healthier and not have someone else take care of me! We can do this. Good luck.

    1719 days ago
    I have picked out 1-2 things that I want to eat the very, very most for Thanksgiving day. Days leading up to and after ... it's right on track for me. Walking 5+ times a week is a definite.

    I am so tired of gaining 10 pounds in a week and taking months and months to get it back off. This is up to ME.

    Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.
    1722 days ago
  • BEFIT021
    It sure does get harder the older we get! I've found that decreasing my calories to the lower end and increasing my workout--I do a run-walk instead of just walking--and ST with no rest in between sets is what's working for me. If I can keep that up through the holidays I'll be set. But, the best laid plans...

    1722 days ago
    I am in the same 'mood' or mindset as you Maria ... I do NOT want to repeat past years' experiences. It's true - it IS getting harder/taking longer to get it off after the holidays.

    I am currently working each day on doing my best leading up to the holidays... but the week prior to Thanksgiving I am going to be extra sure I am ON TRACK in all things. In the past this is when I start thinking about Thanksgiving foods and admittedly my resolve starts crumbling before I even see any cookies on Thanksgiving Day - ha! NOT THIS TIME. I 'used to' do that ... 'now I'm different!' ... this year I will prove it to myself.

    So it's a mini-challenge to my self ... Thanksgiving Day ... I will eat 3 meals that day (or less - ha!), no snacking and enjoy the food but one serving ... and only one 'reasonably' sized dessert. Lots of salad - I'm making our salad special with added seeds, nuts, cranberries. Lots of water!

    Good idea to check out for tips ... I'll be re-reading this blog in the days ahead to see what others are planning to do! emoticon

    P.S. My (secret) goal is actually to lose weight Thanksgiving week ... or at least maintain ... either one, I've never managed before so it will be progress!
    1722 days ago
    Water, This is the key. Also, allow yourself one treat a day. Choose it carefully!
    1722 days ago
    Congratulations in thinking I do not want to do the same mistake this year I did last year. Each day is a new opportunity to think healthy and eat lean. I admire you for humility in willingness to ask Spark People members for help. You have accomplished much by losing the holiday pounds you gained last year. I still need to lose last Christmas pounds. Thank you for writing this blog.
    1723 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Loving all the emoticon strategies!
    1723 days ago
    Remember exercise and water ... if you attend a lot of social events maybe cut down on them emoticon
    1723 days ago
  • KURTZIE1998
    I plan to keep tracking my food, that helps. I am also going to write little notes to myself encouraging me to think before I put something in my mouth and when I know I am going to a holiday party, eat something healthy before so I won't be so hungry and try and stay away from the junk table. May take one of my own snacks and put on a plate and act like I got it from the hosts table. It is hard. But knowing you emoticon
    1723 days ago
    I'll be working on maintaining the loss I've already acheived until the New Year. Then I'll go back into losing weight mode.
    1723 days ago
    I've really been struggling with every day eating recently. I've decided to not gain any more over this holiday season. I'm not even sure what our plans are for Thanksgiving dinner, but I am going to allow myself a taste of everything I want and that is it! If I don't feel like I won't like something I'm not going to try it and if I taste something and do not like it I will not eat it. All the cookie makers in my life are gone, so if I come across tempting treats, again if I want to try something I will try 1! 1 only! I'm also going to be sure to keep up my exercise program and probably eat a small salad before going to any holiday parties. Moderation and discipline will be my key words! I do not have to eat everything just because it is there! Good success! Because we both know luck doesn't have anything to do with it!
    1723 days ago
    I am aiming to lose weight now. I've already lost my 10% goal for this year, so if I can keep it off or keep losing, even a little,, I'll be ahead for next year. That's a win in my opinion!
    1723 days ago
  • P63626
    I am going to let myself have what I want only on Thanksgiving and Christmas day- and still track all those calories. Other than those day- no extras, just what is in my calories...
    1723 days ago
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