So, it's holiday party season-- seems like every day another party, another treat box in the break room, another offer to eat treats and sweets.
This is my second on-plan Christmas so it's starting to be second nature to me, but I CANNOT believe how many treats I've passed up in the last ten days.
Sometimes I get sick of it, but I still say no 100% of the time.
How are you all doing with the holidays?
12-17-2010, 01:13 AM
Congratulations! I'm hanging in there as well. :)
Do you find that as you pass up the typical holiday treats that surround us at this time of year, you go after atypical treats for yourself instead? I know I'm not going to be eating the proffered treats, so I make an effort to buy/do other treat-like things: got some gorgeous persimmons and pomegranates for snacks I don't usually get to have, spent an extra twenty minutes lounging in the tub while reading, bought a new lipstick while I was out shopping.
It helps me think of myself not as "treatless," but as "differently treated." :D
12-17-2010, 04:02 AM
Ugh Ugh Ugh!
I am struggling big time. I am still on restriction from working out after surgery and its way flipping cold to walk outside. I am doing plenty of walking by means of shopping but the nibbles of sweets and fatty appetizers are making me crazy. When I can work out I feel less likely to indulge on this junk. I have till Jan 1 of restriction and I am so ready to get back on course! But I need to stand strong this last week of holiday food. Man the chocolate sweets call to me. But I did give away a half of pan of fudge tonight because I kept finding myself eating it.
Thanks for the encouragement tomorrow I will go to the store for some yummy fruit to help me bypass the goodies.
12-17-2010, 06:47 AM
I'm struggling but still doing well - it's a mental struggle, but I manage to keep on plan or within maintenance range most days of the week. This year has a lot more parties and junk than last, so I am just taking it one day at a time and starting back on plan every morning.
But I wish these temptations would go away. It is mentally exhausting.
12-17-2010, 07:15 AM
I have a fairly quiet life, so not overfaced by parties. Got one for the Lads' Brigade next week but I know the leaders well, and have asked them not to be offended if I eat very little. And there have been a couple of non-essential, work-related affairs that I've just sent in apologies for.
I'm shopping for a family Christmas, food-wise, and it's getting harder. I know it's not very friendly to miss food-parties but I know that one taste and I'm lost. Next year, When I'm Maintaining, I'll review. (If I get asked again, of course!)
12-17-2010, 07:24 AM
Not much of that here.
boss keeps some chocolates in the drawer and when we make sales we can have some. ha. but, I don't eat dairy or anything so most is not an option.
Bf had a work party but I did fine.
12-17-2010, 07:35 AM
Ironically I think I'm lucky in this regard as there are ALWAYS treats in the office mail room. Seriously, every single day there is a box of donuts, cookies, or some sort of bakery. One of the office ladies brings something in every single morning. Besides that, there are often bagels left over from morning catered meetings or other random foods.
Exercising the temptation muscle makes it easier to pass up. Luckily, I don't have people affirmatively ask me if I want what is there (so there is no awkward "no thanks"), but off plan foods are freely available all the time. I'm so used to it now it doesn't phase me. I actually laugh sometimes at the amount of garbage food that is given out. It is no wonder that almost everyone at the office is overweight or obese.
Congrats on saying no! :)
12-17-2010, 08:28 AM
I had a Pre School Christmas pitch-in and man can those moms bake! I was able to hang though. Im stoked! I have a goal for the end of the year and I think I want the gial more than I want the treats. I just have to keep reminding myself. ;)
12-17-2010, 08:45 AM
I'm hanging in. I don't celebrate Christmas so I don't have my own or family events to get through - just office and social stuff.
Yesterday it began at earnest at work. Another group on my floor had their big party and left all the snacks and goodies in the kitchen for me to find around 6:00 when I was fixing myself a snack (plain popcorn) to get me through a late last hour of work. It was quite a spread - some very nice looking cookies and some of those wonderful pralined pecans from Trader Joe's that I may or may not have eaten myself silly on once or twice in the past.
I just put the blinders on, I didn't even spend time looking at the goodies. Got my popcorn, got my water, headed back to the office. I suspect there will be more evenings just like that over the next week.
Tonight I'm off to a Christmas party at my partner's boss's house - I am going to eat dinner before we go. My plan is, once again, not to look at the treats. It's unlikely that there will be anything there that will be so special that I can't just pass on it entirely.
It helps that Christmas is really nothing special for me, so I don't have any emotional attachments to any sorts of goodies that only come out this time of year.
12-17-2010, 09:30 AM
Thankfully, we don't have a lot of parties to attend. One for his work, already over, ours at work is a 15 minute whoopie during coffee break, the boss's wife will bring in hot chocolate and maybe some cookies, we visit, trade gifts and go back to work. We don't bring in treats for the office, a few clients drop off boxes of chocolates, but since I don't like many of those and you can't see inside them, they're easy to ignore.
I do have 3 family get togethers to do but those won't be a big deal. As 2 of those involve family that are dieting as well.
12-17-2010, 09:37 AM
We had our office party yesterday and it was fine. I just ate from the first half of the table (turkey, ham, green beans, salad, veggies, cheese, olives) and ignored the second half with the deserts. I focused on mingling and networking, and that worked out very well.
12-17-2010, 09:38 AM
No temptation is going to get me this year :D
12-17-2010, 09:44 AM
I'm doing reasonably well with limiting treats, but doing badly at getting workouts in. Seems like I've got time conflicts all over the place this time of year and once habit of daily workout broken, I'm having to do a sales job with myself on the other days to get the workouts in.
12-17-2010, 09:51 AM
Just moved into a new workplace building with others, that is half full... people don't know each other too well, so that holiday treat "vibe" has not settled in.
I have worked at places in the past like Matt_H describes. :rolleyes: It's constantly someone's birthday, or there are extra Girl Scout cookies, or someone has leftovers to bring in.
If you're a guy in a break room with several women, the biggest pieces of cake (or the corners with the most icing) get shoved your direction. It becomes a reoccuring ritual among those "on a diet" (nearly everyone) to try and get the smallest pieces.
You can avoid the break room, but then "cake pushers" will still sneak it onto your desk while away. :p
12-17-2010, 09:55 AM
I'm staying on plan and upped my treadmill time...so doing good. But, the scale hasn't moved in 6 days. :-(
12-17-2010, 10:01 AM
All things in moderation for me. But yesterday I indulged in hot chocolate and a homemade gingerbread man (fun!) after sledding with the family and made myself sick! :p Blech. Apparently I don't indulge well anymore. LOL! But I seem to nibble here and there just fine. :dizzy:
12-17-2010, 10:24 AM
I'm holding out well with exercise and with food, but I feel cracks spreading through my granite wall.
Some Christmas gifts that I've ordered online have not yet arrived, and one package that the tracking thingy online for the U.S.P.S. priority mail said was delivered last night WASN'T THERE. And we've had mail stolen recently at our co-op. I am FREAKED OUT by this.
I just got hit with an overwhelming project last night, which involves reconciling two years' worth of manually kept spreadsheets on published documents with document page view metrics from my company's website for these documents.
And I have an ongoing project of 41 short documents [EDITED: thank goodness, just 11 left, as I've already done 30!!!!] to edit, and four new documents to write.
It's one of those holiday seasons where everyone wants everything done before the Christmas-to-New-Year's week.
This is probably what's made me able to control what I'm eating, because it feels like it's the only thing within my control.
I just don't want this all to end with a massive binge on New Year's Day. I want to come down gently, gently. Lying in a tub, in scented water.
12-17-2010, 10:43 AM
I'm hanging in there too! and proud of it! Oh I did accidently eat a couple of cookies I had baked and promptly gave them away to get them out of the house!@
12-17-2010, 11:29 AM
I was doing pretty bad. I was having a hard time with anxiety and went to my Dr who put me on drugs. I am feeling SO much better... So I have not been stuffing my face to stuff down the anxiety. I know my weight has gone up, but I think it is going back down again (I am refusing to step on the scale).
My aunt and I are hanging out tomorrow. I will try to eat sensibly, but I know I will over do it with calories.
I have been bad with the exercise. I am just trying to do as much damage control as I can and then I will go back to the grind in January. In Jan. my sis and I are going to start running together on Saturday mornings.
My friend is coming over on Sunday to take a bunch of stuff out of my basement. I am giving her a lot of my craft supplies to donate to the school she works at. Then I am taking the room in the basement where all my crafts were and turning it into a bit of a "santuary". I am putting my treadmill down there and my yoga mat and weights. It will be a place I can go when I am stressed or anxious and need to take a break.
Anyway... I think I am rambling.
12-17-2010, 11:46 AM
I picked a really bad time to switch plans, that's for sure. I just wanted a break from low carb for a couple weeks so I could indulge in winter goodies that are healthy, like oatmeal, fruits, yogurt... but um, the "light" eggnog snuck in, as did a few other sugary, unhealthy items and it is really, really hard for me to cut them back out now. I am doing pretty weel every day up through afternoon and then losing it (not bingeing, but going overboard). UGH.
12-17-2010, 12:38 PM
it's odd, last year I didnt have any holiday temptations. This year, everytime I turn around I'm going out to eat with someone, at a party or getting indulgent choices everywhere. Several times this month my calories have been from typical 1600 cal days to 2500 cal days. I put myself on a concious effort to not 'stress' about losing but instead focus on staying on track with fitness and take each day as it's own. Not worry about tomorrow or yesterday! Deciding if this is working for me so I dont become complacent with my calories this week. Today I'm on track with a 4 mile run and about an 400 calories in so far and have a Christmas Party tonight. Plan ahead, I'm eating before I go and if I eat something it will be NOT be a sugar food it will be something of value somehow- healthy carb or vegetable or something, or not at all.
Is it just me, but dont you want to seem like you are eating at a party so they see that you didnt lose weight by starving yourself? LOL. Maybe it's just me that thinks like that.
12-17-2010, 01:05 PM
now that I'm retired I don't have any office goodies to worry about; I actually don't like chocolate and don't have a sweet tooth (so how did I gain all this weight). I will be alone with my husband on Christmas this year so I am going to get one dessert for him and skip it for me since I only eat it cause it's a "holiday" LOL. I'm still doing really well with my exercising, it's been over a year of four times a week now, so I'm proud of myself for that.
12-17-2010, 01:28 PM
It started out ok the first of the month but it seems that the past few day's have been harder. I'm still on plan but have been having day dreams about eating something decadent. I finally made an angel food cake. I fixed me a slice in a bowl and smothered it with 1/4 of a can of lite peaches. It was really good! And I left the rest of the cake for my husband to enjoy. He is slim.
This morning I was looking at the calendar and thinking all this terrible temptation will soon ease up with Christmas ending soon.
This is the first time I have ever watched my calories during the holiday's. I really feel good- like I am stronger than I thought I was! :D
12-17-2010, 02:29 PM
Went to my group's Christmas party at work today. I took one look at the lunch spread - lasagna, chicken Caesar salad (already dressed), crackers, dip, cheese, cupcakes, and pastries - and thought "no." It looked good, but not good enough to be worth it.
I went and sat down with some co-workers without fixing myself a plate of anything at all. A couple people asked "aren't you eating?" I just said "no, thanks, I'll get some lunch a little later." They dropped it, no one gave me a hard time or tried to push food on me - in my experience, people just don't care that much about what I eat or don't eat.
After my closest co-worker (one of a vanishingly small number of people who knows I am watching what I eat) came back to the table with a couple of the pastries, she looked at me and said "don't you get tempted?" I said, "YES." Of course I get tempted. The pastries look good. But at this point it's easier for me just to not eat any. They aren't so special that there won't be another chance to eat pastries like them.
After the party I went over to the office cafeteria and got my usual very tasty and satisfying veggie-packed turkey sandwich.
12-17-2010, 04:17 PM
I'm hanging in there ...
I kind of went off the rails over Thanksgiving and that was a hard lesson to learn. I'm just now getting done with undoing the damage I did weight-wise. I'm sticking to my exercise regimen (it helps having a training plan outlined for a spring race) and I'm being judicious in what I allow myself to have and where and when I want to indulge - as opposed to the free-for-all grazing I did the week of Thanksgiving.
I'm hoping the consequences of my Thanksgiving actions along with my goals, plans, etc. will be enough to keep me strong through these next couple of weeks.
12-17-2010, 05:45 PM
I'm hanging in there! I'm not much of a sweets person, so that has helped. But yesterday in a meeting, a BIG pile of cookies went by and DANG they smelled good. I passed and took a swig of water - I hope no one was looking at my face....LOL
Today we had the big office party - fortunately the boss brings shrimp every year - I looked it up and shrimp are surprisingly low in calories (well, I was surprised, anyway) so I took some shrimp, a couple of pieces of cheese and 3 veggie crackers. I wanted a roll really bad but didn't take one. I also passed on the dessert but then someone brought over a plate of big brownies to the table I was sitting at - I still passed. And the skinny ***** next to me ate 2. I resisted the urge to punch her.
Oh, and I've worked out every day this week. So yay.
12-17-2010, 06:44 PM
So far, so good.
Friday, I went to a buffet dinner and did pretty well--some turkey and burnt ends with barbecue sauce, salad, half a deviled egg, and a small piece of bread (I like the end pieces)--no dessert.
Wednesday was my department's holiday lunch. I had a couple of pieces of turkey and about a tablespoon of beef (no sauce this time), and a few small pieces of fruit (grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe). No starchy side dishes and no dessert.
Tonight I have another barbecue dinner where I plan to eat similarly. Tomorrow night I'm going out for Japanese food with a friend and have my meal planned out. Sunday night is a church dinner where I plan to eat moderately.
I went noticeably over at Thanksgiving--it was worth it, but I'm trying to be particularly careful now because I really, *really* want to weigh in at goal on Monday. I already weighed in at goal yesterday, one pound higher today. I won't be heartbroken if I weigh in at 146 rather than 145 on Monday, but it's actually provided good incentive not to go overboard the last few days.
12-17-2010, 08:49 PM
ugh. i am doing okay- but not great, truthfully. i have a big holiday party tomorrow- but it's more than the parties that's getting me. it's the cold, the rain, the sun going down early...it just makes me want to EAT!
i was hoping to be under 155 by christmas, but it's not looking too likely now. :-(
12-17-2010, 08:56 PM
I'm hanging in here, too. I've been having more "treats" than usual, but they are always within my calorie allotment. I'm up a couple of pounds, though, due to a med change.
12-18-2010, 12:39 AM
Today was our office holiday potluck. I packed a super healthy and delicious lunch: red cabbage, butternut squash and salmon. Then, I forgot my lunch! Instead I tried to choose from the luncheon. It was hard to find anything healthy, but I picked and chose and ended up still hungry. I HATE that! Skipped all of the desserts....
12-18-2010, 01:56 AM
I'm hanging in there OK. This Christmas is a 'non-stress' Christmas - I had conversations with all the adults in my life about how silly gift-giving is when you're 40 years old for heaven's sakes! All that stress and money and crap we don't need. I started the talks gently, feeling everyone out, and they ALL just JUMPED at the notion!! So stress-free is awesome I have to say! I bought gifts for friends' kids and that's IT :)
As for the food, every time I see a tray of something yummy I think about my mom's turkey dinner and how much MORE fabulous that will be, and I can walk by it! I reserved some calories to have a few shortbread cookies but that's about it.
At all the parties I've gone to, I've taken a pretty & festive fruit tray and it's always eaten in TWO minutes! people really DO want something plain once in a while after all the crap! Same with the veg platters - a nice dip and fresh crisp veggies goes really really fast -- but i'm not a total Debbie Downer, i take fun treats along too LOL
12-18-2010, 05:06 PM
This is my third Thanksgiving/Christmas season since starting this new lifestyle and I am not doing nearly as well as I did the last 2 years. I keep telling myself to gain control but I keep snatching a bite here and there. It is not OK, but I am still doing so much better than I did for the previous 30 years. :)
12-18-2010, 05:24 PM
I'm fine. I over did it at Thanksgiving--it was a perfect storm: I went to my grandmothers, so the situation was out of my control, my mom was cooking, and I am sentimental about her food, and (most importantly) I was in the middle of an infertility treatment--was actually inseminated Wednesday morning on my way out of town--and all my emotional energy was taken up by that. So I didn't plan like I usually do. I didn't go terribly overboard--I went over for 2 days instead of the one I planned--but it was the first time in this whole process that I didn't stick to my plan, because I didn't really have one.
I am not pregnant, so I am still mildly dieting, but I am trying not to be too extreme, as that seems like it could hurt my chances of conceiving. So I'm keeping at a calorie level that seems to take off 1/2-1 lb a week. That plan allows me to indulge a bit more than my old plan, and what holiday events have come up I have either avoided or been able to fit in comfortably.
On Xmas day itself we are going to my Aunts. She's a good cook but not a great one, and there's nothing epic about turning down your aunt's chocolate cake like there is about turning down your mom's cinnamon rolls that she only makes once every five years or so.
12-18-2010, 08:42 PM
I'm on plan food wise and exercise wise I'm getting back on top of things. We've bowed out of holiday parties and get togethers this year for other reasons so that's one thing I'm thankful not to have to worry about. Now if I can behave when all the candy gets marked 75 plus percent off in a week or so, I'll be thrilled.
12-19-2010, 12:39 AM
i'm hanging in, but i am probably drinking too much wine ;)
i am bringing vegan "chocolate chip cookies" to a Holiday party tomorrow-i hope no one makes a big deal over it. i just want to have something to nibble on and give the chance for people's kids to eat it (with so many allergies-these are gluten free). We'll see. i have never tried bringing a vegan treat with me-it may be the last time-hehe
12-19-2010, 04:30 PM
I've been in a bit of a slump this past week. I was snowed in a few days, and then I got sick. So I have given into a few temptations these past few days, and drank a bit too much alcohol last night. I won't expect a loss this week on the scale. I also have gotten out of my exercise routine these past five days. I haven't went to the gym at all. I hate feeling like this and realize just how one thing can spiral into another.
I plan on getting back on track tomorrow and will try to eat well next weekend when I know it'll be very tempting to eat all the amazing food my mom will be cooking.