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Stop Holiday Gain

Friday, December 13, 2013

For the final week of our BLC challenge, we're to create a blog with our plan to stay on track through the holidays, so here's my plan:

Eat breakfast every day - it's the most important meal of the day, and if I don't eat it, I will eat everything else I see :)

TRACK, TRACK, TRACK!!! You have no idea what you are consuming if you don't TRACK it!!!

Since I have two 5-day weekends, I will stick to my normal meal/snack routine that I follow when I work - it's gotten me this far, right?!

Always have healthy snacks on hand - especially at mom's house!! This means buying fresh veggies and hinting to my dad that they need to be washed/cut :)

We only have 2 actual holiday meals this year, and one of them is at a Chinese buffet -I'm good there, not really a fan. The other holiday meal is with my extended family (my mom's side) and that one might be a struggle. I'm going to have just one or two of my grandma's homemade cookies (c'mon, she's 83 - I HAVE to have a couple while I still can!!!), but I will not overdo it!!

Exercise - this is key. I plan to exercise AT LEAST 60 minutes/day on the days I am not working. I have a gym membership, I should really be using it.

For the "present exchange" with my good friend's family, I plan to suggest meeting at the Y to go swimming and play the family games instead of going to dinner - this is way healthier than last year's dinner and shakes at McDonalds!!

Here's my final thought - I will be honest with myself. If there's something that I truly want to eat, I will - I haven't come this far by denying myself something I really want/need. But I also know that I can get an Oreo any time of year - maybe Christmas Day is not the best time to have an Oreo, but it is the best time to try a new dish that someone has put a lot of thought and work into. So, for the holidays, I will skip the every-day foods (mashed potatoes & gravy, turkey, meatballs, Oreos, store-bought cookies, potato chips) in leiu of something that really only gets made on Christmas (Grandma's cookies, my homemade carmels that take HOURS to make, Uncle Dan's bacon-wrapped venison). I will enjoy the holidays and the food, but I will make smart choices!!
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