Last Thanksgiving and Christmas, I through caution to the wind and decided that it was too much trouble to try and stay away from sweets since they seemed to appear every which way I turned. Sure, I kept up with my exercise regimen, and I tried to eat “healthy” (healthy does not include a cupcake or two with your lunch *and* dinner, *every* single day…). I thought it was inevitable to gain weight during the holidays, so I should not even try to fight it until after the first of the year.
That holiday season, I gained about 5 lbs. Not much, you may think. But I am pretty small-framed, so 5 lbs seems like 10 to me. I knew I had to get busy shedding that (and more).
Fast-forward to now. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is not too far after that. When it dawned on me that two of my favorite holidays were coming up, I kind of freaked. I mean, I love this season a LOT. But I don’t want to undo everything I’ve done this past year! Seriously, I have lost nearly 20 lbs since January 1st and I don’t want to gain some of it back.
I want to be able to enjoy the season without ‘sneaking’ a piece of Chocolate pie and dreading what it’ll do to the scale afterwards. I mean, I don’t expect to not gain even an ounce, but I don’t expect to gain too much either. I do think it is possible… and we’re about to find out. 😉
I have tried to go sugar-free, and while that is really, really good, my current lifestyle and that of my family’s isn’t making it very do-able. So, I am just going to do the next best thing: keep sugar to a very low minimum and continue using my stevia/erythritol packets. If you haven’t already, I would urge you to try them! They can be found most anywhere, but I prefer the ones from Aldi because they do not contain maltodextrin or other additives.
My survival plan is to continue counting my calories, including any decadent sweets that may look enticing during Thanksgiving feast or Christmas dinner. This way, I won’t be afraid to indulge every now and then, nor will I be tempted to eat an unbelievable amount of goodies in one sitting. One of the reasons I like counting calories is because I can choose where and how I want to “spend” my calories. And since it is a special time of the year, I may grant myself an extra 300 calories a day to help me get in the Christmas spirit. 😀
Whether you count calories or not, you can still be healthy and enjoy the holidays. Just don’t kill yourself trying too hard, and enjoy that spiced pumpkin latte without any regrets. 😉