The holidays are upon us! We actually already made it through Thanksgiving, guys! Yay! The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, but especially for those of us who are trying to loose weight or maintain a loss. Right now, I'm trying to focus a lot on the "maintaining" part. Truthfully, I have at LEAST 30 more lbs to go to be at my goal. The last 30 will be, and have been, harder than the first 76. I've been at 76lbs lost for awhile. A long while. It goes up. It goes down. I am having a hard time getting away from that number. However, it recently came to my attention that while I may not be where I want to be, losing AND KEEPING 76lbs off is actually a huge accomplishment in itself. Did you know that 97 percent of dieters regain everything they lost and then some within three years? I haven't done that and I should be pretty proud of that. If you're reading this and it applies to you as well, congrats! I know how hard that can be. If you've even managed to lose 1lb and keep it off, I salute you.
Our "A Christmas Story" themed 2017 Christmas card!
I think a big part of what people look forward to at social events is the food. Let's just all admit that right now. Especially at the holidays. You want Grandma's cookies, aunt Sharon's punch, eggnog, champagne, etc! It's never ending. However, WW has shown and taught me that I can still participate in and enjoy activities (even those centered around food) as long as I have a plan in place. The issue with the holidays is that there is an event almost every week, if not 2 or 3. Personally, I have at least 7 events coming up in December. I can't make each one a cheat day. I can't avoid each one. This is what is stressful no matter how successful you are. I go back and forth between "It's the holidays! YOLO!" and the guilt of knowing every single ounce I gain is another ounce I will have to fight hard to lose. I think another problem with the holidays and eating is that so much of my eating, personally, is emotional. I don't really binge, but if I am stressed I want to eat something. If I am mad, I want to eat something. The holiday season brings up a lot of emotions, both good and bad, for a lot of people. It's important to take time to check in with yourself, see how YOU are doing and go from there before you get so worked up you can't come back down from it. (I am guilty of this frequently).
With the program changes coming out next week, I think it will be beneficial and help me (and all of us on WW) in the long run. I am trying to pretrack and plan as much as possible and if you can, I would suggest that as well. I am trying to get more water in and move more, both of which are things I have been slacking on! Another thing that helps me personally is that I don't drink much alcohol. During the holidays, you can come in contact with a lot of "pushers". Drink this! It wont hurt. What, are you pregnant? You're so boring! I've heard them all. Just ignore that and do what's best for YOU! You have goals and don't let anyone, including yourself, get in the way.