Surviving the Holidays Without Weight Gain!

Are you looking forward to the Holidays, but not gaining all that weight?

We know the Holidays usually means an extra 6 pounds to take off in January, but how do we avoid that and not end up with a dreary January?

When Fall comes around, so does “that atmosphere”!

It’s an exciting atmosphere of things to come. All those Holiday events, the foods, the celebrations! As the weather starts to cool, it sounds like so much fun. Decorating for Halloween, planning for Thanksgiving, and going crazy at Christmas! When the leaves are just starting to turn and the weather is getting crisp, it all seems to far away.best-fall-quotes-to-fill-your-season-with-excitement-9

Then it all comes rushing in!

Those Holiday must haves: candy corn, apple cider, mulled wine, pumpkin spice sugary everything, and here we’re just talking about October. Now comes November, with pumpkin pie, and pecan pie, and turkey shaped sugar cookies; two family dinners, with lunches and leftovers. Don’t forget about the coffees with the groups, and potlucks that seem to have the same thing we would normally have for Thanksgiving, until we are sick of Turkey by December.

It’s not a celebration if you do it every day!

I am not against celebrating and having a piece of pecan pie on Thanksgiving. ON THANKSGIVING DAY! Somehow, Thanksgiving dinner has taken on the entire month of November. Don’t we also brag about how the best part is the leftovers? So the whole eating sequence goes on for weeks!

I know it sounds like I am quite the Grinch who stole Christmas, but yes, let’s go into December. Cookie exchanges, more group get togethers, with “who makes the best Christmas desserts”, and the side dishes that are as sweet as the pumkin pie, with marshmallows and brown sugar.

Where does that leave us in January? Is it any wonder we are 6 – 10 pounds heavier? Between all this cooking and baking, we sort of forgot the whole workout plan we had during the summer. Of course, that adds in so many different ways. We feel worse, we aren’t getting outside the kitchen, and we are filling up on sugar, instead of those “clean eating” diets. It all just starts getting out of hand.

So how do we avoid the results of all of that “feasting”?

DON’T DO IT!!!!

I am dead serious! Imagine if you can, walking into the gym on January 1st, as thin as you are right now, or even maybe a pound or two less? Would that be no less than a miracle? I say, NOT gaining 6 pounds is better than gaining it and having to spend the rest of the year trying to lose it.

So how do you do that?just-say-no

Just say “No, thank you.”

“Are you going to our cookie exchange?”
“No, thank you.”

“Do you want to make a pie for the potluck”
“No, thank you, but I would be glad to make a salad.”

“Don’t you want to make Christmas cookies this weekend?”
“No, thank you, I think I will go to the gym.”

“Hey, a bunch of us are going to an all you can eat buffet on Friday, wanna join us?”
“No thank you, but if you go somewhere that will just serve a nice salad, I would go there with you.”

“Let’s make hot chocolate with marshmallows!”
“Nope, those are for Christmas Day, only.”

“Oh, you MUST have another piece of pumpkin pie, and also a piece of apple pie, with ice cream!”
“No, thank you, one was plenty.”

This sounds totally crazy, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, you know I am not even close to exaggerating. It honestly becomes a feeding frenzy from October 1 to January 1. In fact, the first of January is considered a day of hangover recovery. We treat ourselves so badly, we plan on feeling horrible. Really? Who doesn’t expect to be in pain after a Thanksgiving meal? That’s even before dessert!

How do we get there?

How do we go from “Oh boy, it’s time for all the goodies!”, to “No thank you.”? It sounds impossible, doesn’t it?  Well, it’s not. You just have to:

Make that decision!

Decide there is no reason to destroy your own body and make yourself completely depressed come January. Decide that you are going to tackle this Holiday Season and conquer it! You can have fun without stuffing food into your face—honest!

Decide NOW, that one piece of pie on Thanksgiving Day is enough! A week before and a day after are not acceptable. You are just NOT going to do it!

Decide to win! Decide that you are going to get on that scale in January and smile! You are going to have LOST weight this Holiday Season, not gained 10 pounds. What a feeling that will be!

In fact, you are going to go to the gym, or workout in your living room MORE often this Fall. Every time someone says “How about some…(fill in the food blank”), you are going to: 1. say no, and 2. celebrate with an extra few minutes during your walk, just to feel even better about it!

What a season this could be!

How great an influence you could be to your friends! You know the ones, the ones that talk about how they shouldn’t be eating that dessert, while they are ordering it and eating it. Not one of them will say “well, how about we NOT have that dessert this time?”, will they? You can. You can be the one that says, “no thanks, but why don’t you skip that dessert and join me at the gym tomorrow?” You could even tell them about your plan to conquer this Holiday Season, and how you are doing it. They may even like the idea, or they may just totally respect you for doing it. Either way, it doesn’t matter, because you are going to totally rock this year end!

If you want to join me on this journey to NOT be part of the crazy, check out my Facebook page and lets talk about how we can do this, and support each other.  I have lots of ideas, and I would like to share them with you, so connect with me and we can take this path together!

With TRUE Holiday cheer!

Patti

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