Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Can you plan for a splurge?

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and that begins my family's "Many Days of Christmas". My husband and I both come from families that tend to have big holiday celebrations. It's gotten to the point that we need several days to celebrate with everyone. Tomorrow we visit my mom, Christmas Day we spend part of the day at home and then my father and brothers join us and later we visit my grandparents. Over the weekend, we will celebrate with my husband's family (3 separate places). It makes for a wonderful holiday, but it also means tons of food and drink.

It was easy for me to "be good" at Thanksgiving. I don't like most of the food that goes along with that holiday, but Christmas is different. I know there will be many yummy things that I will want to eat that aren't exactly diet-friendly. I'm trying to decide what I want to do to enjoy myself and yet not undo what I've been working so hard for the past 2 months. I'd like to say that I will simply pass on the things that aren't healthy and make good choices all week/weekend, but I don't think that is realistic. I'm thinking that a more achievable goal is to eat what I want (in smaller quantities than normal) and try to get an extra workout in each day. Instead of doing my normal 30-60 minute walk, trying to do 2 walks instead.

I would really love to hear what everyone else does this time of year!


  1. I have some holiday stuff going on, but not as much as what it sounds like you have.

    It's hard.

    I guess I would look at your goals...if you're not in a hurry to lose your weight...limit yourself and enjoy and expect to maintain...if you are, then obviously that means perhaps spacing out your food choices throughout the day so that you can have those treats. The extra work-outs will definitely help too.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Be sure to eat plenty of the good stuff - protein, veggies - so that if you do overdo it on the not so good stuff, you'll still feel like you got some solid nutrition in.
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