What’s Your Plan?

Failing to PlanIt’s hard for me to believe that we are within mere weeks of yet another holiday season.  While I love this time of year and Thanksgiving and Christmas very much it feels like the older I get, the quicker this time of year keeps rolling around!

Everyone’s situation is different.  For some of us, the holidays are a time of joy and happiness spent with loved ones and for others it can be a lonely and sad time.  Combine being on a weight loss journey with either situation and this time of year can be overwhelming.  The best advice I can give you is to develop a plan now and go into this season prepared so you are not caught off guard.

So what kind of plan am I talking about?  Some examples would be planning to stay active throughout the season, planning for family gatherings with lots of wonderful foods, and planning for the holiday party/parties you will surely attend.

As far as activity goes, it may not be easy to fit in a one hour workout each day but I bet you have some ten minute periods where you could be active throughout the day.  I always say that if you have ten minutes to surf the web, you have time to workout.  Do some jumping jacks, take a quick walk, do some planks, crunches, or push-ups.  It all counts and it all adds up.  Better to do ten minutes of activity here and there throughout the day than nothing at all.

Family gatherings can be a little trickier as you will undoubtedly be faced with many delicious temptations and comfort foods.  Decide before you go if it is realistic to think you will pass up everything or do you know there will be that one favorite dish you just can’t say “no” to.  If you know ahead of time you are going to want a little bit of a favorite, just plan for it.  Account for that food when you are pre-planning your day and then you will be able to enjoy it guilt free.  Of course it’s probably better to just choose one item to indulge in as having a little bit of everything could easily get out of control.  For me, I know there are certain foods I cannot even have a bite of because I won’t be able to stop but everyone is different and what works for me may not be a good plan for you.  Also, it is very likely you will encounter a “food pusher” at your family gathering.  This person means well and pushes food out of love but you have to be prepared to say “no” to this person and stand your ground.  Most people aren’t going to argue with you if you just nicely explain that you are trying to improve your overall health.  Go in to the event mentally prepared to do what is best for you regardless of any guilt people might try to make you feel.

No To Food Pushers

Parties can sometimes be the trickiest to navigate as there tend to be lots of treats and appetizers served in a buffet style and there is usually no shortage of alcoholic beverages.  Alcohol adds up QUICKLY so plan for it and of course it’s best if you just skip it altogether.  My advice is to eat a small meal before going to the party and remember, it’s about visiting with people, not just eating.  Focus on spending time talking to people and if there is dancing, that’s another way to sneak in some activity.

I will leave you with this thought; decide now if you want to maintain, continue to lose, or if you are okay with a slight gain this holiday season and plan NOW for how you are going to make it happen.

Differnt Success


  1. Planning is the key! Thank you for these great reminders. I will be writing about this in my post tomorrow, or over the weekend, but here is the quick thumbnail of my approach:

    1. I am doing a walking challenge from November 16, 2014 to February 22, 2015. In that time I plan to walk 500km

    2. I fully plan to plan my meals, including the big dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas. And, I will plan the days before and after for some reduced eating, and extra exercise.

    3. I have a GREAT network of support (including my blog friends like you!), and I will be leaning on that network throughout the winter blues.

    4. I have gotten very good at saying no to food pushers. Since I have my phone with me most of the time, it’s easy to pop up a progress pic and shift the conversation from them pushing me to eat over to me showing them the product of constraint.

    5. I plan to LOSE weight between now and 1/1/15

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