We always have the “IT” option. We can lose IT, maintain IT or gain IT (pounds that is). The holidays are no different but they certainly do present some challenges we don’t have to deal with the rest of the year. Many of us are presented with an over-abundance of food and not the most healthy choices to boot. So what can one do? Plan IT!
Whether you plan just one meal, one day or one week – making a plan ahead of time can help. Decide what your plan of attack will be if you have a holiday party to attend. One member suggested that you make one pass around the table of food so you can do a bit of recon. Decide what you are willing to spend your points on ahead of time. Fill up on the power foods of course but don’t forget to treat yourself (we don’t believe in deprivation) to some of the desserts or whatever your favorite weakness is. Another trick I’ve often heard is eat something before you go to the party. That way you aren’t so hungry when you get there and are less likely to eat too much. Minimize the amount of alcohol (empty calories that really can rob you of your points) and don’t forget to keep plenty of water by your side. Another member suggested after you make your plate step away from the table. Go and socialize. Talking to others can keep you from going back and filling up once you are already full. Another member said – share IT. If you really love desserts – share that slice of pie or cake with a friend, co-worker or family member. That way you can have half the points and still enjoy yourself.
Remember no matter what your plan is, try to eat slower. It takes the brain time to catch up to the stomach and say it’s full. Eat but then wait 20 minutes or so. Then assess your fullness level. Also this time of the year with heat on the environment is drier – you maybe thirsty and not really hungry. Try drinking some water first and then see if that doesn’t satisfy you.
So whatever challenges you this holiday season make a plan (to lose, maintain, or gain) but more importantly don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick to the plan. Look at it as a learning experience especially if this is your first time trying to avoid all the goodies out there. We are only human and even the most season veteran at the weight loss path will fall off the wagon on occasion. Trick is they immediately dust themselves off and get back on. Just keep moving forward with whatever plan you choose.
Happy Holidays to all!
Do you have a friend or family member working the Weight Watchers program or just trying to make healthy choices in their lives? Stumped as to what to get them for the holidays? Here some suggestions that will hopefully help make your gift giving a bit easier.
- Weight Watchers mini-bars (2 pts) make great stocking stuffers
- Weight Watchers 3 pts bars too
- Fruit baskets from Harry and David’s or from Edible Arrangements (not with dipped chocolate fruit)
- Sugar-free gum
- Weight Watchers candy
- Work-out clothes (tops, pants, shorts, socks, shoes)
- Gift certificate for their favorite gym (for classes or personal trainer)
- Small hand weights (if they are a walker and want to ramp up their workout)
- New gym bag
- Toiletry bag for shampoo, soap, razor, etc.
- Bottle to carry water during workouts
- DVDs of Zumba, Kettlebells or Yoga workouts
- Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook
- Food scale
- Weight Watchers Easy Measure Serving Set (not only functional but nice looking as well)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Digital Scale
- New non-stick cookware (saucepans as well as pots)
But the most important gift you can give them is your support. How about a jar full of hand written coupons like “Good for one walk around the track with you” or “Good for 2 hours to yourself – I’ll take care of the kids” or “Good for one vacuuming of the whole house” or “Good for one fixing of dinner (promise to follow WW recipes)“. Anything you can do to show support will always be greatly appreciated by anyone but especially someone on a weight loss/maintenance journey.
Wishing all of you very Happy Holidays!