I know it’s the week before Christmas and it’s a busy time of year. These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of musical events, out-of-town company, holiday functions and quite a bit of cooking. As we countdown to the actual holiday, it can be really easy to just throw our hands up in the air and say, “It’s too hard to keep eating healthy food and watch my weight.”
No one is immune to the potential for holiday weight gain. I still have to be very diligent in watching my food portions and choices because if I don’t keep my goal of “never going back” in front of me, then I could easily begin to regain weight. When I bake cookies or dip pretzels in chocolate, I decide before I begin if I will have any, and then how many I’m going to eat. This often helps me because I know I can have one if I want it, and I understand in advance how many I’m going to allow myself.
Another way I avoid just eating whatever I want for a few days in a row is to remember that those cookies or cakes not only have the potential to add unwanted pounds, but they also contain ingredients that are not very healthy for me. Butter, chocolate and salty pretzels are okay every once in a while, but certainly not day after day after day.
It isn’t always easy to keep your goals in front of you when cookies and candies are beckoning you to indulge, give in and forget what you’ve been working for all these months or even years. Although I don’t think that losing weight needs to be your goal during this coming week, I do think that continued diligence is important.
As you get closer to, and eventually reach your goal weight, you will have years and years ahead of you to practice maintenance. What better time to begin preparing than right now for the hundreds of holidays that will occur throughout your life?
Focusing on your health, fitness and scale goals during these next few days can really help you make wise decisions when faced with the abundance of food.
How will you keep your focus over the next few days? Diane