There has been a lot of discussion in the Weight Loss Blogger Community about how the holiday eating frenzy will be handled. Given that this is the first holiday that I’m willing to not just blow the diet from Thanksgiving to New Years, I figured I’d let everyone in on my plan. First I should tell you that my theory is, if its something that you have available to you everyday, it’s not really special enough to splurge on.
Thanksgiving-It’s one day. I’m walking a 5k in the morning, and then eating whatever I want at the meal, but reasonable portion sizes. ONE MEAL, not an entire day of eating. I will stay on plan the rest of the week so that I have at least 25 or so Flex Points available to me should I need them. I’ve already put into online tracker anything and everything that I could imagine that they (Fireman’s family) could possibly serve on Thursday (including pie and three glasses of wine!), so it’s sort of like those points just aren’t available to me. I figure once we are done with the day, I can add/remove anything that I did or didn’t eat, but for now, there’s a pretty good estimate. We aren’t hosting Thanksgiving, so I figure we won’t have to deal with all of the leftovers.
The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is where I can foresee running into trouble. My all time favorite food is traditionally enjoyed by my family during this time period, homemade Chex Mix. Sure, there are lots of cookies and other random sweets, but those I can bypass fairly easily. Chex Mix is my crack. I made 3-2 Gallon bags of the stuff last year. Fireman MAYBE ate a quarter of it. Where do you think the rest went? In my mouth and applied directly to my gut. It was mainly subconscious eating. I’d fill up a bowl with the salty yumminess and then sit and watch some TV. Ten minutes later, where did the Chex Mix go?? Time for more! At some point, I just gave up on putting it in a bowl and ate it straight from the giant Ziplock bags. Since this is something that I only eat once a year, I am going to indulge in it. I’m going to make a small batch of it this year and pre-portion it out in Ziplock bags for one week, not enough for four weeks. Also this year, I’m only going to make two kinds of cookies, one batch of each instead of the 9, yes NINE kinds that I made last year. I love decorating the cookies with the kids, I can send some home with them to their Moms and I will bring the rest in to share at work. I love to cook and bake, so its fun for me.
On actual Christmas Day, my only challenge will be the Christmas Casserole that we make every year. One meal won’t kill me. There will be lots of holiday parties and eating out with friends, so there will be some flex points used (ok probably ALL of them), but I am going to keep on tracking each day.
This is probably more freedom than most people give themselves. I will stay on plan from day to day, but there will be minor splurges here and there. I figure 90% good and 10% bad. I do have 10 more lbs to lose to reach my Countdown to Christmas goal after all!
What’s your plan for the holiday eating extravaganza?
Tata for now,