It’s not alway easy to lose or maintain weight over the holidays! After losing 50 pounds in 2001, and keeping it off by “living thin,” I discovered a few things have changed over the years — things that I don’t miss anymore, and things that help maintain my weight during a time of year when there is a huge concentration on food.
1) I used to make Christmas cookies for all my neighbors, co-workers and family — including myself, eating a bunch of cookies in the process! Now I pass…and it’s okay. I don’t miss them, and I save a lot on calories.
2) I think outside the box when preparing a traditional Christmas dinner. This year, we are having chicken and fish, rice and vegetables. Many people where I live serve Christmas tamales. Make up your own rules for Christmas dinner!
3) Go ahead and let yourself have some treats, then let it be over with. Treats don’t have to last for days and days and days and days! Some treats are good, but not 10 pounds worth — you get my drift.
4) Concentrate on other things during the holidays, like walks, bike rides, movies, “optional excursions” in your town, fun internet websites, social networking on the computer, family & friends — not food.
5) Remember that “Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels”, and you will love waking up after the holidays, fitting into your jeans in the morning instead of dreading the prospect of having to lose ten pounds over the next month or two.
The holidays are fun, but they will be over soon, and life goes on. Happy holidays to you and yours. Live thin, and live well, my friends!