Friday, December 10, 2010

Battling the holiday bulge

I somehow managed to lose a couple of pounds despite Thanksgiving, but now I'm smack in the middle of the holiday party season. I do pretty well at home, but have a harder time eating out and even a harder time than that when I'm at parties and there are platters of food. I go into my abundance mode and want to have lots of everything.

This year I'm going to do my very best to prepare myself in advance, ask the hostess what kinds of foods will be there (if applicable), and try to make a plate of food instead of hovering over dips and snacks and mindlessly shoveling food into my mouth. I'm also NOT going to drink. Seriously. It is added calories I don't need and makes me much more apt to eat more when I'm not actually hungry. I prefer to monitor my drinking at home with a meal than losing track in a vulnerable situation.

If I don't lose weight this Christmas, that is okay. But I'd like to maintain. To continue to go to boot camp 3-4 days a week in addition to yoga and hula hooping classes. I will likely relax the diet a bit while I'm in Maui for the New Year and I don't want to feel already behind my weight loss when it's time to go.

So the keys, for me, are to prepare, prepare, prepare and watch portion control by making a plate of food instead of eating/hovering over the food area.

What are you planning on doing this holiday season to keep yourself in check?