100 lb. Club - What are your weight loss expectations during a holiday week?

11-23-2009, 08:25 PM
With the US Thanksgiving this week, I was just curious what your expectations are with regards to the scale during weeks that have a food related holiday...

11-23-2009, 08:45 PM
I had a hard time choosing between the first and second choice, because I do intend to stay on plan, and hope to see a loss - however I'll still be perfectly happy with a no-gain (and for that matter, it's not the end of the world if I do have a small gain).

11-23-2009, 08:46 PM
I hope I can just maintain :lol:

11-23-2009, 08:50 PM
I had a hard time choosing between the first and second choice, because I do intend to stay on plan, and hope to see a loss - however I'll still be perfectly happy with a no-gain (and for that matter, it's not the end of the world if I do have a small gain).

I think there is an art to multiple choice writing - it's a skill I don't have! ;)

11-23-2009, 09:31 PM
I'm so close to 199, I have zero interest in screwing that up by eating anything off-plan at Thanksgiving or Christmas. There's no pie or dressing on earth worth 199 to me.

11-23-2009, 09:44 PM
I voted for the first option, since I have been stuck in the low 260s for the past few weeks but the scale is finally showing me breaking into the 250s (my scale at home weighs me about three pounds lighter than the WW scale) and my weigh-in day is Friday, so I don't want to postpone any weight loss for another week just for the sake of some pie or casserole. I plan to stay on plan, enjoy myself in moderation, and hopefully see a loss on the scale this week. :)

11-23-2009, 09:46 PM
ditto to what kaplods said

11-23-2009, 10:22 PM
Since I've gained at least the usual 10lbs (probably more) during the winter/holidays for the last several years, I'm simply trying not to have a gain.

I'm not going to forbid any foods at Thanksgiving, but I am going to do my best not to pig out and eat so much that all I want to do after dinner is run home to change into sweat pants.

Arctic Mama
11-23-2009, 11:20 PM
I agree it's a tough choice. As my eating plan is, by definition, moderation until I am satisfied, with calorie counting as a guide, I have a great deal of flexibility in calories to still be on plan and see a loss. I am SO close to Onederland and want to see that by the new year, so I will keep my thanksgiving celebration to one meal, and same thing with Christmas dinner.

That, plus general moderating of food quantities, should keep me on track to lose.

11-23-2009, 11:29 PM
I'm staying on plan thanksgiving. I'm going to eat normal and hope I don't gain any weight since I'm the closest I've ever been to onderland in the longest time! I'm going to try my hardest to control my mashed potato,rolls and stuffing intake :o I don't really like sweets so that's good!

11-24-2009, 12:17 AM
I figure with only one meal off plan, and I'm not letting it get out of control, I should lose. I'm hoping because I sorta need to prove to myself that I can make this work outside of my super control environment.
But if it doesn't happen, its not the end of the world. Luckily, my parents are super supportive and have already bought me the healthy food I asked for.

11-24-2009, 12:40 AM
I'm going to allow myself small amounts of everything that will fit in my calorie plan but I'm NOT going off plan.

Too destructive and counter-productive. Not with how far I've come so far!

11-24-2009, 03:31 AM
I'm going wheatless. It's become very obvious that wheat triggers some of my autoimmune symptoms - (especially the itchy, burny skin rash).

A small amount and I seem to be ok, but more than one serving a week, and I start to notice symptom flares - more joint pain and the skin rashes (one looking suspiciously like the malar "butterfly" rash of lupus).

It's going to be really hard, especially since I don't know whether it's wheat or gluten, that's the culprit.

At any rate, my favorite food of the Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing. I'm a little bummed - but on the plus side, all of my other favorites are low calorie and low carb.

11-24-2009, 08:08 AM
I seem to be in the minority, with not minding a small gain. Seriously, how much can I gain in 3 days? Thanksgiving is only once a year, and its all about eating with the ones you love.

For me thanksgiving is about food and family (and friends) and I'm not going to restrict myself. I'm going to eat whatever I want. I am eating thanksgiving dinner at my boyfriends house at lunch time, at my house at dinner time, going out with friends on friday, and having thanksgiving after thanksgiving with friends on saturday. There's NO WAY I'm not indulging with all those great people and yummy food.

I've given myself a "2 pound allowance" for thanksgiving gain. I did it last year too. Last year my gain was temporary anyway, and it will probably be the same this year, as I've been eating sort of recklessly the last, oh, month or so and haven't gained. The 140's can wait another month or two, it's already been like 5 anyway.

11-24-2009, 09:49 AM
Normally I'd say 'I just hope to maintain', but considering how hard I've fought to re-lose the six pounds I gained recently (still working on it), I'm with DCHound. There's no food that's worth seeing that number go back up again.

I'm not even a Thanksgiving food fan, so that helps. I will fill up on turkey and vegetables and be perfectly happy. Okay, I might have a beer or two, but other than that I'm planning to do pretty well. Lucky for me Thanksgiving is always at my sister's house, so I don't have to worry about leftovers.

11-24-2009, 10:07 AM
I don't want to be so strict that I bring my food scale, so my plan is that Thanksgiving dinner is 1 meal. I am allowing myself 1 plate of food (trying to be reasonable) and 1 dessert. The rest of the week will be 100% on plan. I can't imagine 1 meal will make me not have some kind of loss. It's not 1 meal that does up in anyway.

11-24-2009, 10:51 AM
I put some thought into this for myself. I knew to really avoid going overboard I needed to have a firm idea of what I wanted to do food wise for this meal. I think the eating aspect of it is wonderful. I love to eat and I love to cook. I don't love to have to lose the same lbs over and over again. In fact, I really un-love that! I figure it's not about deprivation, it's about moderation.

I gave up the stuffing too -- my favorite dish as well!

I also planned a few things for us to do this weekend that are fun and non food related.

diabetic z
11-24-2009, 02:25 PM
I plan on going off diet this week. It was something I already considered and accounted for when I first started my diet. My goal this week is to maintain and not gain, but if I do, it's not the end of the world and I know I can lose it. My gym is open on Thanksgiving Day so I intend to workout once in the morning after breakfast and then drag myself back for another routine just before lunch. Hopefully, this will help offset the extra calories I will be consuming. Friday, my personal trainer has some new strength and weight training routines planned for me. I could of sworn I saw an evil grin cross her face today as she wished me a Happy Thanksgiving and then tell me to be ready to work off the Thanksgiving feast on Friday morning. :devil:

11-24-2009, 03:19 PM
While I think it's not the end of the world to maintain or even gain a bit during a vacation or holiday - as long as you get back on track afterwards - my own personal goal for this Thanksgiving week is to keep right on losing.

Sure, there will be lots of food - not just at that meal, all week long - but I know how to control myself and I'm just going to do it. End of story. :)

11-24-2009, 04:04 PM
D. None of the above

I am most of my Thanksgiving foods as healthy as I can, but I do still plan to indulge on Thanksgiving, but only for the one day. I will consume more calories than typical and I know this. I also know that I am no longer physically able to consume as much as I did on previous Thanksgivings without becoming seriously ill. I plan to have a controlled off plan day - I want to celebrate and indulge, but it is not worth making myself sick. My plan is to also burn off more than usual for that week. My official weigh in day is Wednesday, so I have plenty time to work off my Thanksgiving food. I plan to still see a loss on Dec. 2 (the Wednesday after Thanksgiving).

As for Christmas, I am hoping we will be visiting my family. The down side of that is that I already KNOW from my last visit home that I just do not lose weight as well there as I do here. I lost all of 1/2 pound while there for about 2 weeks, I average 2 a week here. Add that to it being a holiday... For December I am planning to work my butt off and try to lose as much as possible until leaving for Florida and do controlled indulgence while there and run up and down the hill behind my father's house and all over my brothers' neighborhoods in order to try to at least maintain (hopefully lose even if less than normal) while in Florida and still have a loss for the month.

11-24-2009, 04:26 PM
kaplods originally posted I had a hard time choosing between the first and second choice, because I do intend to stay on plan, and hope to see a loss - however I'll still be perfectly happy with a no-gain

Well said, that expresses exactly how I feel. I am going to work at being on plan. My problem is not Thanksgiving day. I will be gone for several days, first to DD's and then my parents. There will be times when I won't have much option in food. I tell myself that it won't hurt me to be hungry, especially since I am so close to 199. Good thing is that I will have plenty of opportunities to exercise. So, I hope to lose but will be satisfied with not gaining.

11-24-2009, 05:25 PM
I plan to stay on plan and hopefully lose during the week. On Thanksgiving I'm getting up early and going to the gym, then I have to be at work from 11 to 4pm. Afterwards we are going to Cracker Barrel where I will have one nice dinner and maybe do a little shopping in their adorable gift store. Friday is back to the gym.

11-24-2009, 11:41 PM
I agree with what others have said. I am going to stay on plan - and HOPE for a loss but this is one time where if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen. There is always the next week. I am going to stay on track!

Lori Bell
11-25-2009, 10:20 AM
Since I'm at goal I did things a little differently this year. For the last several days I have gone back to 1500 calories and have gotten a few pounds below goal...this way I can indulge and not worry about a small gain. For some reason it it easier for me to plan in advance, than to have to make it up later. I am also cooking the dinner again this year so I have full control over what and how everything is prepared. Yes, I did buy a pint of heavy cream, but that doesn't mean every dish will be dripping in it. In the past I would have used a quart of cream plus a couple pounds of butter. ;)

11-25-2009, 11:25 AM
I am looking up calories for foods so that I can decide exactly what to eat. I just found an interesting website that estimated the calories for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 4700...


Luckily, I won't mind skipping dessert and I'm in charge of bringing the veggies, so I can prepare stuff fat free.

I think I can eat white meat turkey, a couple of tablespoons of cranberry sauce, half a cup of mashed, half a cup of stuffing (or a full cup of one or the other) No gravy, no rolls, no dessert, and a glass or two of wine and still be okay.

Luckily, we do just raw veggies for appetizers.

11-25-2009, 12:13 PM
4700 seems low to me for a "traditional" Thanksgiving, but then I grew up with lots of brothers and I have a husband who takes in between 3500 and 4000 on a normal day.

11-25-2009, 12:43 PM
Since I'm at goal I did things a little differently this year. ;)

OT, but Lori, I just wanted to say how pretty you look in your new avatar picture.

11-25-2009, 12:48 PM
I am going to watch what I eat still. I will probably only eat one plate at like 2:30 with family. Stuff I normally wouldn't eat like stuffing I wil get some of it, but I am going to get a small amount just so I can't stop the craving. I have really learned I can't deprive myself. I wanted Chinese food so bad a few weeks ago so my boyfriend and I bought one plate and split it, and I still lost. So that's my goal MODERATION. I know I will probably have leftovers later that night, but then I will try to stick with the turkey, greenbeans, carrots, the healthier stuff.

I am going to exercise my butt of that night too. Like 30 min. of yoga, a walk, and maybe another workout video or something I have a dance one that's great for cardio.