Post # 1
My husband made a comment about me not buying smaller pants this fall because winter was coming and I wouldn’t be able to keep running or avoid the holiday food! I’m determined to prove him wrong and not gain any weight!
So what is everyone doing to combat the typical winter/holiday weight gain? We are traveling for the major meals, so I won’t have leftovers to deal with. I’m going to keep running as much as I can with the lack of daylight. (It throws a wrench in my scheduling since I have to now drive somewhere to run). I registered for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and am debating another race in Dec or Jan to keep me going. I’m not sure if I’m going to start counting calories again, but I will if I see the scale start to creep upward. Lately I’ve been maintaining with daily weight checks.
My biggiest issue is the cookies and such at work. It’s hard to resist.
What are you doing to stay slim this season? Any tips or advice to give out?
Post # 3
I usually try to eat a healthy large meal before going to a holiday dinner or event that will have unhealthy but oh so yummy food. If I’m going to the inlaws for dinner, I’ll have a large salad with fish or chicken on it as a “late” lunch and drink a lot of water throughout the day. When I go to dinner I eat without feeling bad, but I eat smaller portions of everythign because I’m still full from my lunch.
Post # 4
Exercise more, and eat smaller amounts of the bad stuff.
Post # 5
Go on a really strict diet in these last days before thanksgiving and get a pound or two ahead start in case you gain little.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Mouthwash. This is the best thing I ever did to combat the treats in the office. I brush my teeth in the morning and after lunch, but anytime I’m tempted to eat something I know I shouldn’t, I’ll use a bit of mouthwash to ensure that if I take a bit it’ll taste terrible anyway so it’s easier to resist.
Just to be clear (since you never know who might read these forums)– this is NOT meant to be an appetite suppression technique, or to help “avoid” eating. It’s just meant to help avoid the giant platter of cookies that comes in 3 times a week between now and new years.
Beyond that, keeping up an exercise routine (maybe find something you can do indoors?) is the best way to avoid those holiday pounds.
Post # 7
Go on a really strict diet in these last days before thanksgiving and get a pound or two head start in case you gain a little.
Stick to your diet or exercise more on the days that don’t involve any holiday activities.
Here’s one that really helps me. Bake low fat/vegan healthier versions of cookies etc, and then bring them to work or parties so you have something sweet that has less than half the fat/calories of the bad versions.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve lost motivation to go running because it’s cold and snowy outside, and I hate the treadmill. So instead I bought Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred” and “Blast Fat Boost Metabolism” videos on instant streaming from Amazon. I have to say, they are crazy good workouts and you don’t need anything besides hand weights. There’s enough variation in the video to keep it interesting. Trying to get my Fiance to do them with me, but so far he won’t :/
Post # 9
@Juliette Eliza: I keep gum at my desk for this exact purpose! Any time I want to cave and eat something sweet, I stick a piece of gum in my mouth. Usually that ends up being enough.
Post # 10
Gum and mouthwash are great ideas. I use them sometimes, but now I’a going to stock up on yummy flavored gum to keep my mouth busy.
I also have the 30 day shred and ripped in 30 to use this winter. And thankfully some new wi Ted running gear so I can keep running whenever I can find the time.
I think if I eat before a meal I would just end up over eating. I am really, really bad with portion control, so for me it is better to not eat before. Now that I have DS hi can try to focus on him durin dinner so Ill feel full before I can eat too much.
Post # 11
Drink a lake-ton of water every day. If I know I have a party, I try and work out extra hard that day and eat clean so I can indulge guilt-free at that party. I also make a huge spinach and berry-packed smoothie before I go so I am full and snack less. I know, its so hard. I struggle with enjoying the food aspect of the holidays and not gaining weight.
Post # 12
I agree with what PP have said.
Also, if you’re at a meal/house/party/work where there is unhealthy food (fattening casseroles or sugary/fattening desserts) and you start eating it and it isn’t absolutely amazing, mind blowing, heaven-in-food-form, stop eating it. My best friend has this terrible habit of trying beautiful and tempting cookies/cakes/etc, realizing they taste mediocre (or even terrible), then proceeding to eat the rest of it because she’s already started eating it or it’s already on her plate.
If that cookie isn’t amazing, don’t eat it because it’s there or because it looks good. I might just be picky, but unless I make the cookies myself, the odds of them being my perfect, ideal cookie are slim, so once I’ve realized that, I stop eating it.
Post # 13
@AllieANT: +1. Totally agree. It sounds wasteful, but don’t be afraid to just dump your food in the trash. Eat the good stuff only…why fill up on mediocre junk food?