Years ago, when I was doing Weight Watchers, I remember the leader asking us what our weight loss plan was for the holidays. Everyone said they wanted to continue their momentum and continue to lose the 1-2lbs per week that many of them were losing.
She asked, “Do you also want to swear off grandma’s pie, green bean casserole, Christmas cookies, New Year’s champagne and Hanukkah’s latkes?”
Many paused uncomfortably for a moment. Uhhhh no.
I don’t want to miss out on those things either. I know a plan that only allows avoidance will make me feel deprived and result in me possible overindulging in other (less enjoyable and less meaningful) foods later. I may lose weight in the short run but will very likely gain it at some point.
The other option is to enjoy in moderation. And be selective about the treats I indulge in. I love cheese and crackers. I know. Simple. Don’t judge. I won’t purchase them just because it’s in the holidays, but when I’m out at a holiday party, I will gladly have a few.
Additionally, my schedule has been ridiculous. Evan had car issues Monday, so he took my car and I wasn’t able to get to the gym (the 20* windchill meant running outside was a no go for me), Tuesday I was exhausted and needed a nap before headed back to work for an evening program, last night was date night and tonight fatigue, errands and work all make a trip to the gym unlikely.
I’m getting activity–putting up holiday decorations, baking, cleaning, shopping, gift wrapping, walking back and forth to work (even for nighttime events), but it’s not the same as the gym. Still, I gotta give myself a break, get things done and take care of myself as well.
Will I lose weight? No. But I can do this without gaining weight too. And that’s my plan for this holiday season.
What’s your game plan for the holidays? Do you want to gain, lose or draw?