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’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?
What are you eating in between the parties? I have discovered that controlling your weight over the holidays is a balancing act.
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.
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.
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.
What if you tried looking at things differently? What if you were to anticipate something different when the New Year rolls around instead of dreading the inevitable diet?
Instead of trying to pack in all the food you can in anticipation of a depriving diet, why don’t you begin asking God to do something new in you? Ask Him to open your mind up to new possibilities and hopefulness that you can change with His help.
I’m excited to say the Find Your Weigh book and the companion Find Your Weigh: Walk In Freedom Bible Study (including free video content) will release on January 6, 2020 and Pre-Orders open on December 5…just in time to help put you on the right track for the New Year. It’s real, it’s practical and it’s grounded in God’s Word…better still, it’s not a diet at all!
So, what do you say? Are you ready to kick-off the next decade with a renewed mind and a new mindset for approaching food? Why don’t you plan to get a few girlfriends together to share the journey?
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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.
Good planning, Lee! Thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
As usual, Shellie, your advice rocks! I definitely plan my workouts, but my eating habits could be better.
Hi Terri, yes I always found that my workout habits came easier than my food habits until recently.
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!
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.
Can i share this in our ICI Family FB group? Me and hubby will consider doing this. =)
Sure! I share away 🙂
All great advice – thanks for sharing x
Thanks Izzie! I really appreciate you stopping by.
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
Hi Kath, yes…the longer you wait, the more you have to deal with!
I love the 2 day before and 2 day after tip!
Hi Freda, it seems to be easier to take when we break it down into manageable increments of time.