Weight Loss Support - Anyone mess up and eat to much for X-mas???

12-25-2008, 11:20 PM
Well I just got back from NC from visiting my family and as I suspected the house was full of Christmas goodies as it is every year and my sister fixed a HUGE Christmas dinner. I did pretty good in resisting all the sweets and goodies.

For dinner I didn't do as well. As I was fixing my plate I KNEW I was putting too much ham on my plate when I did it but I couldn't help myself I was TOO hungry.

I think I may have made a mistake in not eating anything but a bowl full of green beens (with low cal low sodium gravy, bacon bits and pickles, don't laugh until you try it! LOL!) before I left my house in Va.

In case I over ate there I didn't eat so much during the morning and skipped lunch completely because we were eating at 3pm. And of course by 3pm I was starving!

For almost a month my meat portions have not been bigger than 4ozs for a single meal, for Christmas dinner it had to be 20 ozs or more and ham of all things to over eat!

I also ate too much mac and cheese and I caved in right before I left and had to have a piece of my Mom's homemade German chocolate cake! But it was a pretty small piece like I asked but my sister put a scoop of ice cream on it and brought it too me ARRRGGH! How could I resist it was already in front of me so I ate it.

So I am estimating I probably ate 2500 or more extra calories today.

But I am NOT going to do what I have done in the past which is be mad at myself or get dreppressed or worse give up dieting and say well you screwed up you might as well eat and start again next week.

NO! I am just going to get back on track tomorrow and work out an extra 15 minutes and maybe cut my calories a little (maybe skip the snacks) and just get back on track again. No fuss, no muss no beating yourself up.

Just get back up and keep trudging along. I was doing good since Dec1 and I know I can keep going until I meet my goal.

I hope everyone had a little more self control than I did.

Well I DO feel good that I didn't let them talk me into taking food home with me like they were trying to do and I did resist the fudge, cookies and finger food all over the house.

I just ate to DANG much for dinner, but oh well tomorrows a new day right???

12-25-2008, 11:43 PM
Oh god yes I ate way too much! But tomorrow I'm putting my nose to the grindstone and getting my girlish figure back. :)

12-25-2008, 11:58 PM
I partly did. I knew I ate more then I should have, but I had less then I did before. I weighed myself before I took a shower and I didn't do too bad of damage. I'm sure a lot of it's water weight. But I have the money for my gym membership and I'm off to rock this new year!

12-26-2008, 12:41 AM
I ate I suppose more than was necessary, but I do not consider it messing up. It is christmas and ONE day will not hurt anything.

12-26-2008, 12:49 AM
I ate more than I planned on, and foods I didn't plan on. I made some good choices, and some not so great ones. Four more days before we go back home (we're visiting my family in Illinois), and back to my scale.

My plans are to completely avoid the off plan foods for the rest of our stay. Can I do it? I'm not sure, especially with all of the food pushing going on, but there's no reason to let any of it derail me, depress me, or allow me to see failure where there is none. Life happens, and in a thousand different areas in my life I don't always make the perfect choice. No need to look at any of it as failing or needing to start over - it's just about reminding myself of my goals, why they're important to me, and doing what I have to to accomplish them.

12-26-2008, 12:56 AM
Count me in as another who didn't do so hot. The good news is I did better than last year, and I stopped when i was full instead of eating unti I was totally stuffed. I entered everything into Fitday and I went over by about 500 calories, but I refused to get depressed about it. That will just sart a spiral of negative thoughts leading to negative actions, and I don't want that.

12-26-2008, 03:21 AM
Yes! Way too many cookies and cake! But I am back on track today! Glad the holidays are over, well, almost. Over for me because new years is not a challenge for me.

12-26-2008, 03:25 AM
I planned on not planning for the eve of 24th and today. I did LOG my calories after though.

24th was 3000 (maintenance for me is 3500) and MOST of that was dark chocolate with sea salt... omg so good
today was 2100 (I aim for 1800) but once again, no where near maintenance.

Sooo.... It was all good! And I was sick for four days before and hardly ate anything... lol! Back on the weighloss train tomorrow.

12-26-2008, 04:47 AM
wish i had but i wasnt well so couldnt even handle a sausage roll let alone turkey and everything else

12-26-2008, 05:05 AM
It is christmas and ONE day will not hurt anything.

good way to look at it!

And as a side note... just from ONE meal my hands and feet swelled up with water just from yesterday and I have had no problems with swelling (water retention, I have edema) in over a month even my lower legs were pretty much normal from eating low fat low sodium all month.

I suspect it was all that ham I ate. Man it's hard to believe sodium can work that fast on the human body! It was like I ate the stuff and less than two hours and my hands and feet were swelling. Kinda scares me! Maybe it will keep me from doing that again!

12-26-2008, 07:58 AM
Guess I didn't do so well either...not really horrible, but not great either...But thankfully we get a new day to start over!!! Pick ourselves up and be good again...The past is past and we can do nothing about it...We do have control over the furture though!!!:carrot:

12-26-2008, 08:07 AM
I'm another person who did okay but not great. My family would get worried if I didn't indulge some, so I ate a few sweets, and had small helpings of everything they pigged out on. I've managed to say no to moms home made apple and cherry pies so far...but they will be waiting for me when I get home, so wish me luck!

inspired by you
12-26-2008, 08:45 AM
I ate at maintenance yesterday and the sad part is it wasn't even Christmas dinner. We will have Christmas dinner when our son comes home tomorrow. I was right on plan until the meat and cheese tray came out last night about 10 o'clock. *sigh* my choice...oh well. i have made worse choices in my life...and as for new years eve..welllll...for me any way, there are no rules that night...i shall eat, drink and be merry, and start fresh and new the next day...good luck everyone.

12-26-2008, 09:47 AM
I did OK.-- with the first plate. It was the SECOND plate and post meal picking that got me. All in all it was not too horrible b/c the people who made the xmas meal are very healthy eaters so the food was clean. I just ate too much of it.

what??? BACK ON PLAN!! :)

12-26-2008, 10:20 AM
I started off really well.........

then dinner time came round and I cleared my plate and felt stuffed! Think I made the mistake of actually not eating enough earlier in the day so I felt ravenous! But you know what, I enjoyed every mouthful and as has already been wisely said, it is only one day (and a very special one at that!) so it won't do any harm that cannot easily be undone. Today I am back to 1,500 calories and am sure any weight I may have gained yesterday will be back off in no time.

I was also proud of myself because although I ate more than I normally would, I didn't ate anywhere near as much as I have on previous years. To me, that's success rather than messing up.

12-26-2008, 12:07 PM
I ate a healthy breakfast and lunch yesterday, then went a little nuts on the cookies, brownies, cheesecake, and candies in the evening. I knew I would indulge, though, so I accepted it as an "off" day and got back on the horse this morning. I had a yogurt and banana for breakfast and headed outside for a 5K run.

12-26-2008, 01:28 PM
I did OK.-- with the first plate. It was the SECOND plate and post meal picking that got me. All in all it was not too horrible b/c the people who made the xmas meal are very healthy eaters so the food was clean. I just ate too much of it.

what??? BACK ON PLAN!! :)

Yep! That's pretty much where I was! A bunch of people came to my house and it was sort of "pot luck." I'm the healthy eater so the appitizers that I made were carrot and celery sticks with fat free ranch dressing, bruschetta with just a touch of light olive oil, seared tuna steak with a balsamic vinegary marinade over mixed greens and endamame salad and grapes, hummus and yogurt and whole wheat pita. And when everyone else came, I was like...mmmm green bean casserole...with cream sauce, fried onions and cheese, pepperoni bread, also with cheese and creamy au gratin potatoes...topped with you guessed it...cheese!
So...I hit 2700 calories just by 'picking'! HA!
But that's ok. The gym is open again today and I have the day off.
It's only one day and now its time to get back on plan!

12-26-2008, 02:09 PM
I like the Superfoods Diet idea, after over indulging do a Soup and Salad day to cut calories and get nutrition back on track. Also double up on exercise perhaps for a few days, extra cardio to burn the extra calories. I snuck some of my boy's treats, and they'll be gone soon then we'll be back to a junk food free house.

12-26-2008, 03:56 PM
I had a moment or two where I was upset and ate things that were not the best choice for me, but other than that no. I cooked too much food for other people and that left me actually not hungry lol. Yesterday I ate when I got home and I ate some things today, but not really many sweets. Just a few and I'm pretty much all sweeted out lol.

If anything, I should have eaten a bit healthier during those few moments where a few things upset me, but other than that I did okay. :D

Lori Bell
12-26-2008, 06:33 PM
I did pretty well with food though I did indudge in a little of eveything. My probem was the drink. I totally drank too much wine and felt like I was going to die this morning, (seriously), it sucked! I'm back on the wagon again today.

12-27-2008, 11:22 AM
I like the Superfoods Diet idea, after over indulging do a Soup and Salad day to cut calories and get nutrition back on track. Also double up on exercise perhaps for a few days, extra cardio to burn the extra calories.

Hey thats what I did! LOL! I did the Superfoods thing and didn't even know it!

I had a big giant grapefruit for breakfast, soup and salad for dinner, more soup and a salad with grilled chicken in it for dinner, no snacks that day

and worked out an extra 15 minutes at the Y on the elliptical.

I didn't weigh myself I am going to wait until my weekly weigh in and see the damage then!

Seems like everyone did pretty good. Everyone ate, maybe a little more than we wanted but no where near as much as we had in the past!

I call that success! :carrot:

12-27-2008, 11:28 AM
Well i did not ok this Christmas but .... way more better than last year , I ate some chips " but all ",
no pop , no beer and belive me that is good .
I though i gain weigh ... lucky me i weigh this morning and i still the same , now I have 4 days until my WW WI so i I will try to be OP , i may be able to lose .5 or something , I don't want to see I gain ...

I hope everybody have a happy new year .

12-27-2008, 12:39 PM
Yup. And I have Christmas # 2 to go to today. My sister's (the host) plan is to keep lunch "light" so we can "focus on dessert." :o

But, I did reasonably well. Better than years past. So it's all progress .. so I feel GOOD about it. I feel good about only having a little too much instead of 6x too much. And I feel good about feeling good about it :) Guilt about food can be a hard thing to let go of, and I have!

Beautiful Ace
12-27-2008, 01:16 PM
I made myself proud this year. Christmas at my dads side of the family is delicious. We have the traditional turkey and whatnot. But we also have all the lebanese food trimmings, like tabouleh and kibbi etc. It's not very often that I get to have my famillies delicious tabouleh and kibbi *my two fav* So instead of having a little of everything, I had only those two dishes. I was so satisfied, and I didn't over eat :D

I did however have some sangria.. Which I know, couldn't be too sparing on the calories... And some whiskey... but hey, I didn't have anything for desert to kind of make up for it!

12-27-2008, 01:25 PM
I ate a lot of stuff I had no business eating over the last two days. I am back on track today though - in fact, I'm headed to the gym RIGHT NOW. Today's dinner is blackened snapper with veggies. I'm going to do phase I for 7 days to try and eliminate the carb cravings because they're definitely BACK.

12-27-2008, 03:00 PM
I'm back down to just 1 lb over my Christmas eve morning weight after only one day of drinking tons of water and being back on plan. I anticipate by tomorrow morning I'll show another 1-2 lb loss.

12-27-2008, 04:01 PM
I dunno if this makes sense but what I consider bad now isn't like what I considered bad before I started my WL journey in May....so yeah I do know I wasn't on plan BUT it wasn't anything near what I would have scarfed down last Christmas ;)

12-27-2008, 05:31 PM
I cooked the Christmas dinner, so had some control, making sure there were a ton of veggies to be eaten. I made a great brunch of whole grain toast and a frittata with lots of veggies in it, (and low fat cheese) and then started making dinner. I was too busy to do too much tasting of food.
I ate a good dinner, and did plan to overeat, but with my stomach having shrunk, overeating is still less than regular eating used to be 2 months ago.
But I binged on all the chocolate I got for gifts the next day. Now I am sick with a cold and will live on chicken soup for a few days.

12-27-2008, 07:07 PM
I have not done well at all, not just on Christmas, but in the last few weeks as well. So many things going on, most of which are not good, have stressed me out, left me depressed and turning to food. I have also no been coming here... The only thing I can be thankful for is, by a sheer miracle, I have maintained my ticker weight. I am back, and ready to pick myself up, and begin again.

12-27-2008, 10:00 PM
I definitely overdid the food, but nothing that won't come off within the next few days. I felt so full on Christmas Eve-- I haven't felt like that ina long time. I felt bad! I worked out on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, though, so that was good. :)

12-28-2008, 02:44 PM
I was up about 4 lbs. from Christmas week, and then yesterday I ran 2 miles and did arm weights, and I am back to where I started before the holiday as of this morning! I recommend strength training because your metabolism burns longer after you do weights. Awesome!

12-28-2008, 06:13 PM
I'm going to not weigh myself until the end of next week-- I'm too close to the beginning of my program to injure my mentality with a number-- I'm just working on getting a routine and X-mas was ill-placed for me this year!

12-29-2008, 09:33 AM
I lost it. And I definately don't mean weight. Started with work parties, went on thru Xmas. I totally binged. And now I have 5 pounds on to show for it. I know some is from all the sodium, though, and as upset as I am I'm just putting that nose back to the grindstone and starting again.

12-29-2008, 09:41 AM
Well toss me on the pile of "lost it"... in the not so good way. I started not to long before Christmas so I was just getting started. I have now returned to my starting weight and will begin again... I really struggled the most with carry-ins. I wasn't able to figure out what all was in each dish and couldn't always find "safe" options. In the end I think I threw in the towel at some functions.

inspired by you
12-29-2008, 09:54 AM
What was suppose to be a holiDAY turned into a holiWEEK! I am typically very strict and very good at watching every bite, but the last few days have been miserable. I just need to make it through New Years eve and New years day now then everything will be zen again.

12-29-2008, 12:04 PM
What was suppose to be a holiDAY turned into a holiWEEK! I am typically very strict and very good at watching every bite, but the last few days have been miserable. I just need to make it through New Years eve and New years day now then everything will be zen again.

I had the same problem. I had planned on not bringing anything home but my SO's mother insisted that we bring all kinds of goodies home. Needless to say I ate way too many and I feel like crap now. But I am back OP today and I am not going to let New Years be such a problem!

12-29-2008, 12:19 PM
:wave: I did pretty well over the holidays.
I tried to journal what I was eating, but without being able to post it to fitday, I lost interest and motivation, then I misplaced my iPod and that was the end of it. :shrug:
I ate much more chocolate than I should have, but much less than I have eaten over the holidays in the past. I cooked.. a lot! And I remembered just how much I love cooking, on a good (gas) stove and with good pans. I haven't had a kitchen like my mom's... well... since I loved out. It really made me more excited for my new house... whenever I get a Certificate of Occupancy. :club:
I wasn't able to do any walking while I was at home because the entire landscape was covered in ice. But I did spend a lot of time wrestling my mother's Christmas tree, her new stereo and lots of lifting and moving boxes.
In the end I gained slightly less than a pound, over the five days. Today I will be going to the gym, :woops: and getting back on track with my food. With luck, I will be back to loosing this week, and still on track for my ONEderland goal next summer.

RN BSN 2009
12-29-2008, 12:26 PM
holiDAY not holiMONTH! it was just one meal.

Lori Bell
12-29-2008, 12:47 PM
What was suppose to be a holiDAY turned into a holiWEEK! I am typically very strict and very good at watching every bite, but the last few days have been miserable. I just need to make it through New Years eve and New years day now then everything will be zen again.

Oh Gloria, I know your pain! I overindulged on food a little, (wine- a lot) on Christmas day, but was back on track the next 2 days. I was pretty proud of myself for forgiving myself and moving on....then it happened. We got together with friends who are home from overseas, She and I are e-mail "diet buddies" and she gave up her diet while back home in NE. I started pulling out snacks for the "kids" and she and I ate most of it. I felt so terrible when I went to bed. I bet I ate a pound of mixed nuts and bean dip. I'm so ashamed! :(

12-29-2008, 02:12 PM
Yesterday I was back down to 239, so I'm happy!!! Now to make it through NYE...

12-29-2008, 02:19 PM
Yeah I did horrible christmas day and the day after. The cheese ball called my name!! Luckily I actually lost .4 lb. Back on track now and not worried about this week. I know I can stay on plan now.

01-08-2009, 01:34 PM
Yea, it was hard over the holidays. With both x-mas and New Years being in the middle of the week, it was like 2 solid weeks of eating out, big family meals and parties (not to metion travel and a lot of driving!) so it was hard to stik to plan - the good news is I was not only able to not cheat to much over the holidays, I actually lost 5 lbs since my weigh in in the 22nd - with all the eating out, family get togeathers, and a few drinks :D, I am so happy! Good start to a new year and I hope to continue it.

Here is to a new year, and new success! - Jenn

01-08-2009, 01:52 PM
UG my holiday was terrible in terms of food- we had THREE christmas's, our own which wasn't too bad, but then my MIL's and my FIL's. Course my husband's grandmother kept giving us brownies and cookies and cake and stuff and finally I threw everything away cuz none of us needed that! I hate wasting food but I can't eat that stuff anymore and it kind of bugged me when I CLEARLY told his family I'm a diet they still pressed all these brownies and stuff on me- when I said no we won't take them they handed the plates to my husband as we left... ug.

So yeah now I'm still two pounds above what I was before the holidays- but now it's back to the gym 3x a week and working hard :D