Most people know that when fall comes around that sweatpants, sweaters, scarves and blankets are acceptable attire, we love to get comfy and stay warm, eat comfort food and drink anything sweet – especially if it contains anything pumpkin… let’s face it, people start to gain weight this time of year. They then get to Halloween and justify all the candy they eat as ‘saving their kids from it’, ‘not wasting it’, ‘its just a treat this time of year, after all, I love those chocolate blah-blah-blah’s and this is the only time of the year to get them!’
Then comes Thanksgiving, and the theme literally is a feast. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, green bean casserole, creamed corn, squash dripping with butter and brown sugar, buns, biscuits, and then there is those salads your family always makes… calorie count – INFINITY! (and then you nap, because your body is in shock) By the time Christmas comes, you are up 10 lbs and resolving to lose that – plus the other 15 from last year. (after the holidays, of course!) Right… It is a vicious cycle and it continues every year.
If you know me in the 3D world, you know I am not a calorie counter, I am all about intention and moderation… not perfection. If I want to drink a beer I am not going to make my self sick over it. I plan ahead, drink extra water (and an extra green juice if I’ve had too many!) I don’t make myself feel guilty for the choices I make, because I make informed choices and I know what I am doing.
I am weird, I know it and you’re about to learn why I don’t mind admitting it!
I lose weight in the winter, I have every year for the last few (at least 7 – other than the 2 consecutive years when I was preggo, but that is a whole other story) and unfortunately for me and fellow beach goers, I gain in the summer. I love a good BBQ with brats, ribs, chicken, or a fish fry with deep fried fish and tater tots or fries, and I love beer. It is what it is. It isn’t my best quality, but it is me.
So I live by ‘intention over perfection’. I plan ahead, I work out a lot and I drink tons of water. It is something I was better at this year than in years past, but the truth is I am quite the opposite of everyone I know. I like to have fun (and wear a swim suit cover up) in the summer and I am careful in the winter (do you know how many pictures people take around the holidays?) Especially last year! My husband and I renewed our vows, so I had to fit into my wedding dress!
Eating during the holidays can be a disaster if you don’t have the information you need to make the decisions that will help you to stay healthy through all of the temptations. It’s because I know just how detrimental the goodies at the holidays can be that I avoid them without a second thought, and honestly, I just don’t really care about cookies, candies and gravy! I prefer to eat until I am full and then have a couple beers or glasses of wine as my desert 😉
What is your biggest struggle when it comes to gaining weight? Would you be interested in learning some alternatives for your favorite treats, meals, snacks and drinks? Let me know in the comments and share this with your friends, I have a few ideas for a course I will run before the holidays, but would LOVE some opinions!