Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Week Strategies

How do you plan to cope with Christmas week, food and fitness-wise?  What strategies do you have in place?


I have pretty much the same plan that I did for Thanksgiving week:
  • Make the best choices possible
  • Guiltlessly enjoy favorites that I don't get often
  • Remain as active as possible
  • And don't stress over it
The worst part for me is that, where Thanksgiving is one day, our Christmas celebrations will last for three or four days.  We'll be visiting different relatives on Christmas Eve Eve (you've heard of that day, right?), Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  Additionally, we'll probably enjoy a day of after-Christmas sales on Saturday, which will probably include at least one meal out.

Not only will all of that mess with my food choices, but it will probably curtail my workout schedule, as well.  However, after this week, it should be smooth sailing  until next Thanksgiving, with only your ordinary, average temptations here and there.  So, while I plan to remain as active as possible and make the best food choices I can, I'm going to enjoy this week with family and friends.  Whatever happens on the scale as a result is only one week out of my life.  I'll work hard the following week to repair any possible damage. 

How do you plan to approach the food and festivities of Christmas week?

6 comments:

  1. Hi Kris! I agree that this is just one week, a small blip. My strategy is to hit the gym 3x this week - already made it this morning at 5:30AM. I am going to make healthy food choices when possible but, not going to stress over eating some extra cookies or enjoying a piece of Standing Rib Roast for Christmas dinner. Have a great week!!

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  2. It sounds like you are prepared...and being prepared is really half the battle! Knowing the challenges and having options for facing them is what helps you overcome them. One thing I do when I know we will be eating out is check out the restaurant's menu online and see what is the healthiest choice (sometimes it's not the salad lol.) Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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  3. pretty much the same way. I did really well this past saturday at our first party. I stuck to small portions and didn't go wild on the sweets. My plan was have a small spoon full of everything i wanted and then pick one sweet that i had to have. I did and it was great. I did step up my work out that morning and sunday.

    p.s. i see the christmas balls.... just saying.... lol

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  4. Megan, I did that this weekend, too. We had a Christmas party. I took the broccoli casserole that was expected of me and a fruit tray.

    I took a spoonful of everything, then, ate fruit for dessert. Later in the evening, I decided that taste wasn't going to hurt anything, so I got a (plastic) spoonful of the two desserts. It worked out to about three small bites of each, which was just enough to make me feel satisfied, rather than deprived.

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  5. pretty much the same way. I did really well this past saturday at our first party. I stuck to small portions and didn't go wild on the sweets. My plan was have a small spoon full of everything i wanted and then pick one sweet that i had to have. I did and it was great. I did step up my work out that morning and sunday.

    p.s. i see the christmas balls.... just saying.... lol

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  6. Hi Kris! I agree that this is just one week, a small blip. My strategy is to hit the gym 3x this week - already made it this morning at 5:30AM. I am going to make healthy food choices when possible but, not going to stress over eating some extra cookies or enjoying a piece of Standing Rib Roast for Christmas dinner. Have a great week!!

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