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10-02-2005, 02:29 PM
It's hard to believe, but we're entering the "holiday zone" this month. Rather than making this a weight loss type of challenge, how about joining me for a behavior challenge? I'd like as many of us as possible to make plans for the upcoming holidays and stick to those plans. Holidays are hard, but I'm hoping if we plan for them, publish those plans, and post when we need support in achieving our goals that we will make it through unscathed. I celebrate four holidays in the next few months and here are my plans for those holidays:

Halloween - I'm not going to eat any candy
Thanksgiving - No white potatoes, eat sensibly and make good choices, eat one small piece of pie
Christmas - On that day only, eat whatever I want--throw out or give away any leftovers that I can't handle the day after
New Year's - don't usually have much trouble with this day so I am going for an on-plan day

I'm betting that on Christmas I really won't want to eat as much as I have in the past.

Hoping that others will join me in making it through the next three months!

10-02-2005, 02:37 PM
That sounds like a great plan, Sheila. I am having a lot of company in November, so I am planning on making good choices possible at restaurants & sharing a dessert if I have to have one.

10-02-2005, 02:46 PM
Good idea! I'm feeling confident and strong right now, but that's probably because the challenges aren't staring me in the face. So I'll make some goals. :)

Halloween--not usually a problem, I don't like American chocolate. I'm going to avoid Halloween cakes/cookies.
Thanksgiving--usually a very small affair, I can plan to be OP for the day with 1 piece of pie extra.
Christmas--the day of Christmas won't be a problem, no family will be in town and we don't have kids (and so won't be having a big to-do). Leading up to Christmas will be challenging. I'll avoid Christmas cakes (except for once weekly) and will maintain my exercise goals (5-6 times a week, 45-60 minutes each).
New Year's--OP (I'm not a drinker). Maintain my exercise. :)

Looking at it, this holiday season don't look like it's going to be very challenging. Best be prepared and make sure it won't be! :)

10-02-2005, 03:18 PM
Okay, I'm in.

Thanksgiving -- Its next Sunday for me and will be quite a big family affair. I'm making all the veggie dishes, so I'll load up on those (no potatoes), eat white turkey meat and only have a spoonful or two of stuffing. I'll limit myself to one small slice of pumpkin pie (no whipped cream) and take a portion of my mum's english trifle home to have on holiday Monday (instead of having huge portions of both one after the other!)

Halloween -- I'm going to buy candy I don't like to shell out and have G hide the girl's booty.

Christmas -- Office party, business lunches/dinners, open houses, Christimas Eve, Day and Boxing Day festivities...this one is tough. I'll practice moderation and not let any occasion become a free-for-all (including Christmas day). I'll try to follow Beverly's buffet mantra and sample a little of everything I want, but not gorge!

New Year's -- I usually do okay on food because I hate to start off a brand new year feeling bloated and disgusted, so my challenge will be not to consume all my "points" in alcohol!

10-02-2005, 05:37 PM

We don't celebrate Halloween in England much, so no need for candies around the house. No one trick or treated in our neighbourhood last year, so this year if they do, they won't get anywhere at our place!!!

Guy Fawkes Night

We go to a big bonfire at our local hotel in the wilds of Lancashire on November Fourth. The food is fatty and boring, so I plan to take a flask of soup and some good home made bread for the two of us. I don't mind a treat night, if the food is a bit off plan and good!!!!!!!!!


I always feel a bit left out that we don't have thanksgiving here at all, so at least one less day of temptation.


I love Christmas and in the past I always baked, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, cookies, truffles all sorts of things. I have no children, it's just the two of us, so what doesn't get given as gifts gets eaten.........by us!!!! DH said at the beginning of the year that we are going out this year for Christmas lunch, so that there is less temptation in the house (which I thought was lovely - he is slim and is the best supporter ever) So I am just going to enjoy Christmas day and not care about the calories.

New year

I plan to be totally on plan New Years Eve. My resolution to lose weight was made on New Year's Eve last year, and I have stuck to it, so I plan to keep on plan as a gift to myself and a celebration of what I have achieved so far.

10-02-2005, 07:04 PM
I am applauding all you people who do such great forward planning......Since I'm not entirely sure yet what my festive/holiday season plans are, here is my best shot!

Jewish New Year - this is coming up on Tuesday. :D :D Family dinner at my parents place....I can predict some of the not-so-healthy-but-oh-so-good food on the menu will include chopped liver :devil: :devil: , roast potatoes :devil: :devil: ......so I will have small taster portions of these, skip the alcohol (no big deal for me), and have fruit for dessert. Its traditional to eat apple and honey (symbolising the sour and the sweet of the passing year, and the one to come...), so I will go very easy on the honey....

Christmas.........not my festival, although I usually spend it with friends. Possibly with my friend from Kenya this year, who is an excellent cook..and let me tell you, my favourite Kenyan dishes are full of fat and calories... :D :D ...However, I will aim to make healthy choices, and not to overeat. Which would be an improvement on last year. :devil: :devil:

New Year.....well, there is a small plan currently formulating to go away somewhere warm for a week or so, over New Year :D :D . The destination of choice is currently Morocco. I will aim to make this a vacation of eating healthily, with the occasional enjoyable treat ;) ;) . This ought to be very possible - North African cuisine is relatively healthy. (For those of you who count, yes, I travel a lot :dizzy: :dizzy: - and have not managed a healthy eating vacation :o :o yet this year, so its going to be a challenge!!).

10-03-2005, 12:18 AM
Great posts, lots of good ideas. I'm in....

Thanksgiving is this Monday for me and I am planning to go to my sisters. She is health conscious and trying to take care of her body so I don't think there will be trouble with healthy choices. I am planning to have a piece of pumpkin pie but not the crust, turkey, sweet potatoe (because of the antioxidants) and a lovely green leafy salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing.

****-o-ween (or at least that is what it is for me). This is a tough one. It seems like Halloween is the kick off for chocolate binging that lasts straight through to Easter (Halloween, Halloween sales, Christmas, Christmas sales, Valentine's Day, sales, you get the point). I have made many changes of the past few years - I don't buy chocolate and I only purchase healthier treats to give to our children in the neighbourhood. I consider sugar to be my personal poison. It is such an ellixir that one taste keeps me craving more. The more I have, the worse I feel and on it goes. This year - I have a cupboard full of pencils, erasers and bubble gum. I feel I am doing my part for children (as they egg my house for the lack of chocolate!!). However, there is then my children's baskets that come in the door. I haven't quite figured that one out yet - any thoughts?? I did offer them 20 dollars a piece last year if they would give me their candy (which I would them throw out) after they ate it for a few days - it was a no go. Sugar depletes the kids immunity too - awful stuff really. So I will need to really plan on what to do with Halloween. I think as a society we need to make changes to Halloween. Ever notice how our children get sick within a week to ten days of Halloween treat overload? Why don't we just have happy little home parties and give kids prizes of non-food fun? Maybe that is what I will do this year. Do you think my children would ever forgive me? Lol.

Christmas: Hmmm...I usually love to bake and give food gifts. Last year, I changed this behavior and I think the trend will continue this year. On Christmas Eve, I bought a tray of baking from a friend who caters and had just enough for one day for my family and our guests. There was one - not three- box of quality (ie expensive) chocolate and the rest of our time was spent on activities verses eating. I am going to try that again this year. I struggle with being a scrooge to my kids and not allowing them the Christmas' of my past (full of all sorts of food which helped contribute to my life long struggle) and setting new traditions for a hopefully healthier life for my children.

New Years - We go bowling with our children and then to a friends to ring in the New Year. Healthy choices are available and alcohol is not a concern (except maybe one wee little glass of lovely red wine!).

10-03-2005, 09:30 AM
Ah the holidays!!! Since I am chocholic, I always find this time of year very difficult. Is it me, or are people sometimes a little more pushy in getting you to eat the treats this time of year? I know when I refuse, people tell me, well one chocolate doesn't hurt, etc. What people do not realize is that I can not stop at one, and will go back for more. ;)

Thanksgiving-It is on Sunday for me and as I am doing most the cooking, I will be able to have better control over everything. I am going on a long hike on the Saturday so that should help as well.

Halloween-Not an issue, I live in a condo complex, and there are no children that come around, as well my dog goes berserk anytime the doorbell rings, which will ward off any kids that come around anyway. :D

Christmas-This is the bad one-it seems (at least in Canada anyway, fellow canucks correct if I am wrong), but the season starts right after Halloween, with Office parties, lunches, dinners, not to mention the day of. I am going to shoot for eating in moderation and stay on plan until the "big" day.

10-03-2005, 10:06 AM
Great thread and great ideas -- I'm sure for many the issue is complicated by the multiple factor. That is, I have family scattered and this year especially am likely to have multiple Christmases, which means multiple meals! Luckily (or perhaps not so), some of those members are also focused on weightloss/healthy eating (at least right now). Unluckily, the family that is scattered now includes my parents, who are going through a quickly-getting-messy divorce which is raising some emotional issues for me! Christmas may be the first time I see my Mom in this whole mess. So emotional issues are my biggest holiday concern.

Halloween: Buy candy I don't like on Halloween itself. Allow myself to have one piece or two if small and I want it, which will be less of an issue if I really don't like the candy in the first place! I am actually usually fine around this kind of candy short term. Throw out or donate any extra the next day.

Thanksgiving: This may be pretty easy as it may be just hubby and me, or a few others at our house. I may make a crustless pumpkin pie (pumpkin custard) as THAT is a big weakness of mine.

Christmas: I don't even know where I'll be yet or how many get togethers I'll have to go through. This is the one I'm worried about more for emotional reasons. I think it's good to know that now! I will have to fly home for all of this, and be gone a few days. I guess the thing to focus on is that if I do have issues to know that I can get back on track when I'm away from all of that...

Other than that, I have to worry about Eggnog. I love it and may just have to not have any this year.

New Years: Never really been a problem as I'm not a big drinker.

Anyone else worried about all the parties with the "once a year" treats? That's another place I'll need to strategize.

Great idea. It's VERY helpful to think about this now!

10-03-2005, 10:30 AM
Well, I'm going to give it a go this year too. Usually I use the holidays to pig out NONSTOP not only on the holiday itself but the whole two weeks around Christmas and New Years. I think this year I am just going to have the actual holiday be my free day and then on other days have whatever in SMALL amounts to stay within 2000 calories.

Halloween - I usually pass candy out at my mom's (I'm moving back for a while so I guess home instead of "my mom's") so I think I'll probably eat some candy. The key is going to be only having a few pieces instead of 20 mini candy bars... GAWD HELP ME! And then my Halloween party I'm going to... *sorry to say* I'll be drinking and drinking and drinking...lol I might be trying to lose weight but I'm still kind of a party girl sometimes. I'm only 23, single-ish *not married*, no kids...

Thanksgiving - I usually don't have much of a problem here. I eat a little bit of everything, including a small piece of the two pies we usually have... but I have NO other meals all day so who cares...lol

Christmas - Usually NO problem AT ALL. We don't have a big dinner. It's usually actually popcorn at the movies. That's my family tradition... we go to a movie on Christmas... Christmas Eve will be more of the problem but still... I'm not a HUGE eater anymore so I'm not too worried.

New Years - the Day... no problem. The EVE usually is my last hoorah for the year... Of course, it's usually more drinking than eating so whatever... Maybe I'm weird but I am not too concerned with gaining weight over the holidays. My biggest hurdle is the drinking 'cuz I do it a couple times a month anyway but it's not stopping me so far and when I DO have kids and stuff... it'll be more of a non-issue then.... SO YAY

10-03-2005, 11:18 AM
Please, count me in! From the beginning of October to the end of December I am SURROUNDED by temptation.

October 11 - My son's birthday. I've decided to make cupcakes instead of a regular cake and only one for each guest plus maybe three extras. I'm not even a big cake eater so I rarely get a piece but I'll fork it to death getting a little bite each time I walk by. Cupcakes will mean that I either eat one or I don't and, since I'm not a big cake eater, I probably won't. And if there aren't any leftovers to nibble on they can't find their way to my hips! We will be taking his friends out to Chuck E Cheese's to eat an play games so I'll have a small dinner at home before we go and then enjoy a salad with the kids.

Halloween - Candy doesn't usually cause much trouble for me. Just in case, any that we have leftover will be sent to my husband's office. My kids are pretty protective of their loot so I won't risk sticking my hand in their sacks and drawing back a nub! Anything they haven't eating after a week gets tossed (by this time they've usually picked through it all and eaten their favorites).

Thanksgiving - We will be traveling to my in-laws. I'll pack a cooler of appropriate snacks and meals for the road (it is an overnight drive) so that I'm not caught have to choose the from the lesser of all evils at a drive though. I think I can manage the main dinner on Thanksgiving day and will measure and weigh my portions as usual. The buffet of snacks and treats that are out all day for guests to nibble on will be my biggest challange. I'll find out ahead of time what all my MIL plans to make and decide the night before what I will have and STICK TO IT. Since we see this side of our family so infrequently there will be plenty of visiting for us to do. I'll make sure I do it in the living area and outside instead of the kitchen (a common social hub).

December 11 - Our twins' birthdays. Same plan as for my older son's birthday party.

Christmas - I'll be hosting our family at Christmas so I have the most control over the menu. This year I have decided NOT to over do it. I'm usually too busy on the day of festivities to overeat but the leftovers always kill me. In the past I've tried to have something for everyone so I would end up with a lot of pies and sides that maybe had a slice or two eaten from them then I'm stuck trying to avoid them for the rest of the week. This year I'll make MY favorite dessert and indulge in a small piece, measure and weigh my main meal portions, and freeze any leftovers in individual portions so that I'm not nibbling my way through the refrigerator. I'm not going to do the usual elaborate appetizer spread. Instead I'll have a fruit and vegetable tray and maybe some roasted nuts. I have a feeling that I'm going to disappoint some people but, hey, they can always volunteer to do all of the cooking next year if they don't like it! LOL.

New Years - We don't usually celebrate New Year's Eve. I'm too tired from the last three months to do much more than sleep! We'll spend New Years day watching football so I'll make a pot of chilli and the required black eyed peas both of which I can easily control myself around.

I'm actually really motivated to end the year well. December 26 will mark a year of healthy living for me and I am finding that making these last few months count (in terms of losing weight) is more exciting to me than the opportunities to indulge so, hopefully, that will keep me strong. If I stay buckled down I should be able to reach within 5 pounds or so of my ultimate goal weight. Now THAT would be something to celebrate!

10-03-2005, 12:52 PM
I am finding that making these last few months count (in terms of losing weight) is more exciting to me than the opportunities to indulge so, hopefully, that will keep me strong. If I stay buckled down I should be able to reach within 5 pounds or so of my ultimate goal weight. Now THAT would be something to celebrate!

jawsmom: Oh, yes to all of that! I SO want to keep thinking that short term foods are not always worth long term consequences. That's how I've been thinking so far and it's working. I know it will help to keep that in mind throughout the holidays!

We're all rooting FOR you to get within that 5 pounds and ultimately TO your goal... good luck!

Goddess Jessica
10-03-2005, 01:22 PM
Okay, I'm in. :sigh:

Halloween - I make rockin' desserts in the shape of pumpkins, spiders with bloody guts, the works. Luckily, I hate icing and that's a big part of it so it's not hard to stay away from this stuff.

Thanksgiving - Okay, I don't have family here for Thanksgiving so it usually ends up to be a friend's feast. I'm with Sarah here - I'm a drinker. I love mulled wine and bonfires but I will keep it try to balance it with a drink and a glass of water. BUT I'm thinking of signing up for the 5K Thankgiving Walk for the Hungry. It's a great cause and will get me out of the house and exercising before anyone else has put the turkey in the oven.

The whole month of December - Stick to the holidays. No grazing on the office treats. No making treats for the office.

Christmas Eve - Did I mention that I'm a lush? Christmas Eve is usually spent with my Jewish friends and my friends with no family in the area at a Tiki Bar getting plastered and eating sushi and then back to my house for Monty Python's Life of Brian. Hmmm... drinking and water again and no hangover indulgences!

Christmas Day - The cute boyfriend and I always go to the beach with the dogs and take pictures to send back home to the family (it makes them green with envy). This year, we'll do the walking path around Ocean Beach and choose a dinner that is grande and sensible.

New Year's Eve - All bets are off.

New Year's Day - Bike around Coronado Island to start the year off right. THAT sounds like a plan.

10-03-2005, 01:23 PM
Great idea, Sheila! I love that you picked behaviours rather than a weight target because I'm a terror when presented with delicious foods. Not that I've ever actually needed a celebration as an excuse! ;)

This will be a big family (in-laws) do. I don't do well with lots of people, and in the past have dealt with it by consuming copious amounts of alcohol! :devil: :D So, depending on how I feel, I might just give it a miss this year. I'm not sure we'll be let off nicely though because we don't attend the Christmas affair either. If I do go, I'll have turkey breast and veggies for sustenance only. Any spare calories I have will be spent on wine. I plan on staying within my kcal limit, though I'm not too fussy about keeping those kcals healthy ones! :p

I don't do Hallowe'en other than buying ket for any door-knockers. This year, I've bought only Hershey's chocolate bars because I really can't stand the stuff. :barf: It tastes like cart grease to me! :lol: Hubby will demolish any leftovers. :ink: ::sigh:: No Cadbury for me this year.

Bonfire Night
Now this one I do celebrate. Last year I cooked up big pots of chilli and thick soup, and served it up around our bonfire, with hot buttered bread and jacket potatoes. :eek: This year I'll make a small pot of chilli for just the two of us, and maybe some warm bread to go with it. No doubt we'll be well into snow season by then so we'll need something warm and filling.

Same as every year: We get up and I make Buck's Fizz :cheers:, light the candles and incense, and phone my sister. Then we relax all day watching telly, listening to music, and eating smoked oysters, cheese, and crackers for lunch. :T I might just chuck in some raw veggies this year. :halffull: We duck out of the family dinner and book a table at a nice restaurant where we have a starter and main course, and maybe share a dessert.
I'm going to enjoy the day and not worry about being rigid with food choices.

New Year
A meal out and a trip to the cinema, followed by Downtown fireworks is how we've spent the last two New Year's Eves. We'll probably skip the meal and pictures this time, and just head out for the display.

10-03-2005, 02:14 PM
Ok I'm in. I don't worry to much about the holiday it's self. I have a treat day each week so on holidays I just use that day as my treat day. My goal is to not go off any other time. There is always candy and goodies at work during the holidays. So my goal is not to induldge in that.

We have three main meals during the holidays.

Thanksgiving with Family

Thanksgiving/Christmas with our best friends.

Christmas dinner with the family.

10-03-2005, 02:48 PM
I'm with Howie on this one :)

Those days are so special to me that I will not be worrying about what I eat. The individual days are not the problem for me...:lol:

It's the halloween candy that lasts until Christmas...and the days worth of leftovers from Thanksgiving...and the MONTH of wonderful goodies around Christmas...then on the 30th of Dec. it's my birthday and the next night is New Years Eve... :crazy:

I will just have to be EXTRA good on the in between days, although this time of year..it doesn't seem that there's very many of those!

Will be doing my best..to be sure ;)


10-03-2005, 02:57 PM
Hi guys, looks like you've got some wonderful and achievable goals set here. I also love that they are behavior based goals, rather than scaled based, since changing the behaviors is what will determine long-term, lasting success. Good job everyone; I believe each one of your goals can and will be met. Good luck!!


10-03-2005, 03:13 PM
Hmm, I don't do all of these, so I think my plan will be to celebrate the ones I do celebrate properly and ignore the rest.

Thanksgiving - don't do.

Halloween - nothing special here. I'll be with my family in Spain where, as far as I know, it's not a big thing, so I can't envisage there being much temptation around.

Bonfire night - if I was here I'd probably go down to the big local bonfire, but I'm not, so I won't, and it's not celebrated in Spain. I probably wouldn't overeat anyway, as it's more a standing around watching fireworks thing for me rather than an eating related thing.

Christmas - I'll eat what I want. I may try to cut down my drinking a little, although this may be more from necessity than choice - I just can't drink like I used to!

New Years - I doubt I'll be celebrating this one particularly. It's not a particularly big one for me, last year I spent it setting up my new computer and getting ready to paint my study over the long weekend!

In terms of motivation, I'm going for the making it count theory - I want to be wearing a fantastic slinky dress at the work christmas party to really show off all my hard work. Incidentally I won't be overindulging there either, as I'm on the 7.10 train to Edinburgh the next day for some christmas shopping.

The bigger challenge for me is to cope with actual holidays away from home. I've got 4 days in Marrakesh and 2 separate trips to see my family before the end of the year. I think the behaviour thing will revolve around keeping up some exercise and being a bit more sensible with the booze (the booze thing shouldn't be a problem in Marrakesh during ramadan at least!)

Goddess Jessica
10-03-2005, 08:04 PM
What the heck is Bonfire Night?

10-03-2005, 08:59 PM
Here you go Goddess J:


I loved this night as a child! We'd go from door to door in the neighbourhood and plead for "a penny for the Guy, please", then we'd take whatever money we'd collected and buy the materials to make a Guy Fawkes effigy and burn him all to **** in the bonfire! Actually, we'd already have most of the materials on hand (old pillows for the head and dad's worn out clothes for the body), so we'd use the money to buy paints and brushes to make the face and spend the rest on sweets to eat during the burning!

10-03-2005, 09:39 PM
That sounds like fun and good memories.

10-03-2005, 09:58 PM
Great idea this challenge.

Halloween: My oldest daughter reacts strongly to processed sugars so we just don't eat them. We will be celebrating Halloween more as a Fall celebration with friends and costumes and plenty of fall/harvest healthy foods: soups etc. We leave town or go out somewhere Halloween night so as to avoid trick-or-treaters since we ourselves don't go trick-or-treating (it would be mean to go TOT when dd cannot have the loot).

Thanksgiving: If we are home, it will be easy. DH will make a fruit-sweetened, wheat-free (dd is allergic) cherry pie since I am not a fan of pumpkin; With youngest dd's allergy to wheat, no stuffing for us either. If we go to someone's house, though, it will be tough. I think I will fill up on turkey, despite my recent return to pesco-vegetarianism, and we will bring a healthy salad and maybe my healthy cookies or dh's pie. I don't do well having a free day so I will not make it one.

Christmas: the challenge will be getting ALL the treats that get sent to us by sweet, well-meaing relatives out of the house before they are even opened. I am lucky this year because I am nursing the baby dd, the one allergic to wheat, so I cannot have any wheat myself -- which knocks out A LOT of treats. I will focus on other components of Christmas besides the food. For Christmas eve dinner, we always have soup, French Onion, since it is the soup dh proposed to me over at a French Restaurant, so that should be easy (hmmm...though this year we'll have to make it without the croutons and with veggie broth). For Christmas dinner, I think we will buy some really high quality salmon or maybe some lobster and do it totally untraditionally (without all the stuffings and creamed veggies etc.). My new favorite thing to do it to steam cauliflower and mash it with olive oil and garlic and salt instead of mashed potatoes, so maybe we'll have that.

New Year's: We have 3 kids, 5 and under. There will be no New Year's for us until at least 2012 and I'll be thin by then and so enjoying maintenance I will not want to do anything but dance all night.

This helps. I hadn't thought about this yet. Now I am going to print this up. It is so helpful to plan ahead like this.

10-04-2005, 10:37 AM
Ok, here's mine.

Thanksgiving - It's this weekend. We haven't made any plans yet, but I should do ok. I was never a big pie fan - I just need to remember to go easy on the gravy.

Halloween - I'm buying the candy I don't like. I don't have any little ones around in my house to swipe candy from so buying something I don't like should keep me on track with the sweets intake.

Christmas - This is going to be a challenge. We're travelling to my parents house for the holidays. It's not just Christmas dinner to worry about but all of the great restaurants and home cooked meals that I miss out on living away from my hometown. I'm going to make a restaurant schedule and choose the meals I'll be ordering before we fly home. If I know where and what I'll be eating at those wonderful places I'll be able to rearrange my menu for the rest of the day to compensate for it.

New Years - I've been making out ok with Virgin Caesar's for the most part, but I don't know if that's something I can drink all night long. I think I'll try 2 waters for every light beer that I drink. That should help with any hangover that is to be expected the next morning.

Good plans everyone - we can do this!!!


10-04-2005, 12:57 PM
I think I'll try 2 waters for every light beer that I drink.

That's a good idea. I have a football party to go to this weekend. I think I'll give that a try.

10-04-2005, 12:58 PM
Paula - I love your humour! 2012 New Years sounds about the time I will be busting loose to go out. However, I am thinking by that time I will be thin but too old to dance!!

10-04-2005, 01:37 PM
Newfie: What is a virgin ceaser?

10-04-2005, 02:37 PM
2012 New Years sounds about the time I will be busting loose to go out. However, I am thinking by that time I will be thin but too old to dance!!

Nah -- you'll be in such good shape, you'll be boogying with the rest of us and amazed at how wonderfully your body keeps up! :hat:

10-04-2005, 03:00 PM
This challenge is a great idea! Here are my goals:

Halloween Not a problem, since we don't celebrate it.
Thanksgiving The baby is due that weekend, so I'll either have a newborn or be 40 weeks pregnant. Either way, no big turkey dinner for us :)
Christmas I won't be working at the office, so at least I can avoid the temptation of all of the treats surrounding me 8 hours a day. :) We have several celebrations/dinners to attend. For each family gathering, I will snack on veggie sticks (instead of nuts and sweets), and limit my dessert to one piece of pie (instead of the usual sampler plate).
New Years Same as Christmas, since we're getting together with one side of the family to celebrate Chirstmas that weekend. We don't drink, so NYEve won't be a problem.

10-04-2005, 03:42 PM
Newfie: What is a virgin ceaser?

Caesar (or Bloody Caesar)
Celery Salt rimmed glass
Clamato Juice
Tobasco Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
Celery & Lime garnish

Virgin Caesar - minus the vodka

Excellent drink! I've noticed that since I've started drinking them virgin I never really tasted to vodka anyway (kinda like the cheese on subway subs).


10-04-2005, 03:48 PM
I know what you mean about the cheese on Subway subs. I quit that a few months back and don't miss it what so ever. I realized with all the veggies I always get you can't taste the cheese anyway. I am a huge cheese lover but I don't notice a difference.

10-05-2005, 02:18 AM
Holidays (except Halloween) aren't too hard for me actually...not sure why.

Halloween ~ This is a tough one for me BUT I've decided to NOT give out candy anymore. I ordered some cool glow bracelets to give out instead and then maybe I'll give out like little packs of goldfish, or cereal bars...something other than the standard candy. I've wanted to do this for a long time and since at our current house, we don't get a lot of kids coming by - this will be perfect and not cost much! :) My kids trick or treat but they are still small so we only go up and down our street - 15 houses maybe - so they won't have much of a haul to worry about. :) In the past, it's been terrible for me, b/c I would buy all the candy to give out and then end up eating the leftovers (which was sometimes A LOT!). By, not giving out junk this year, I'm eliminating almost all of the problem! :D

Thanksgiving ~ I won't be within my calories - I'm going to eat what I want. BUT, my husband has to work this day so I'm not cooking. My mom and the kids and I are all going out to a buffet instead. So, no leftovers to worry about.

Christmas ~ Hubby has to work again :( so there won't be a big feast. My mom doesn't eat ANY sugar - and I don't really make a lot of sweets on Christmas anyway. I'll make probably just a normal dinner - maybe fish or something. Shouldn't be a big deal.

New Years ~ Hubby has to work (are you sensing a theme here :( ) and with two small children, it's not like I do anything exciting! LOL! I usually just rent a movie to watch after the kiddos are in bed - there may be popcorn involved. ;)

Candy Making ~ Now, I do make cookies and candy to give away during the holidays (December). I give it to neighbors and hubby's work, etc. So, I'm going to make sure that nearly ALL of it gets given away (which usually it does anyway).

I just have to watch all the days in between since I get SUPER busy and I could see myself getting lax...

* Hubby works for the police department in public safety - that's why all the holiday work. <sigh>

10-06-2005, 04:43 PM
Halloween: To be consistently exercising 1 hour a day, at least 6 days a week
Thanksgiving: To be consistently eating according to the new Pyramid (http://www.mypyramid.gov) guidelines
Christmas: To be able to continue my healthy eating habits and exercise throughout the season. I know I will have tons of parties and gatheries from the first of December through Jan. 1 and I hope to just be able to make it through the season.
New Year's Day: This one I actually do have two "number" goals. 1. I would like to be back in virgin fat, below 250. 2. I would like my BF% to be at or below 45%. I'm at 52% now so I think 20 pounds and 7% drop in BF isn't that far fetched in about 3 months.

10-13-2005, 07:37 PM
How did everyone who already celebrated a holiday (Canadian Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah, for example) do with their holiday challenge so far??

Curious minds want to know. . .

10-14-2005, 09:17 AM
Sheila, thanks for asking, Thanksgiving went off without a hitch. I cooked everything, and I find I am not as hungry when I have been cooking in the kitchen most of the day. I limited my nibbles as well, so it was really good. I was only up half a pound after last night's weigh in, which I consider water retention because of the amount of salt intake I had this week! :D

10-14-2005, 03:23 PM
I stayed within my kcal allowance at Thanksgiving, although most of them were consumed in alcohol. :o I even got my exercise in too. Thing is, all that wine didn't leave enough space for water so I fell way short on that score. I had a 1 pound drop at the next WI, so I consider it a success. :)

10-28-2005, 07:11 PM
Just bumping this up to remind us of our Halloween "goals." :)

10-31-2005, 12:51 PM
Halloween: To be consistently exercising 1 hour a day, at least 6 days a week
With the exception of this weekend, I've been doing this. I had added more to this challenge but forgot to put it on here. It's been my goal to get in my protein and veggies each day and have been doing well at it too.

Just a reminder of my other holiday goals :)
Thanksgiving: To be consistently eating according to the new Pyramid (http://www.mypyramid.gov) guidelines
Christmas: To be able to continue my healthy eating habits and exercise throughout the season. I know I will have tons of parties and gatheries from the first of December through Jan. 1 and I hope to just be able to make it through the season.
New Year's Day: This one I actually do have two "number" goals. 1. I would like to be back in virgin fat, below 250. 2. I would like my BF% to be at or below 45%. I'm at 52% now so I think 20 pounds and 7% drop in BF isn't that far fetched in about 3 months.
I'll add in that I'm starting the couch to 5k program I saw on the exercise thread. It takes 9 weeks which would put me at the end of the year so I hope to be running/jogging a 5k by the end of the year.

10-31-2005, 01:19 PM
I'm jumping in on this:

Halloween: I will eat halloween candy. I am going to eat one reese's peanutbutter cup - not those little mini things but a full size one. I am not giving out candy this year but have two kids. I will tell my oldest to hide the candy in his room and deny me any candy if I ask. The baby will be given a few pieces and the rest I will have dh hide. We are not giving any candy out this year.

Thanksgiving: We are eating at the inlaws. I normally have this holiday with my mom so I don't like their food as much. I plan on one serving of everything.My weakness will be the fudge our aunt makes. I will have one piece for desert and make myself stop- I will drink water the rest of the day.
I will write down every bite and every mouthful.

Christmas: Going to my mom's. SHe is a weight watcher also so hopefully there won't be anything bad- I'll request that she not make anything sweet unless it is weight watchers.

11-01-2005, 12:26 PM
Okay, how did the Halloween challengers do?

I made my goal of not eating any Halloween candy yesterday, and the remainder is getting tossed this morning so that won't be a temptation.

11-01-2005, 12:41 PM
Okay, how did the Halloween challengers do?

I made my goal of not eating any Halloween candy yesterday, and the remainder is getting tossed this morning so that won't be a temptation.

I did great! (Or horribly, if we're going by Neighborhood Popularity ;)) We put a sign on our door that said, "Sorry! No candy!" and turned off the porch light. We had salad with grilled chicken for dinner, and I had a cup of tea then went to bed.

Of course, it does help that I don't like American chocolate. But I know myself, and I know that I'd eat it anyway if it were there! :o

Next challenge is Thanksgiving, which we're talkined about making reservations at a restaurant for. Hopefully won't be too bad!

11-06-2005, 11:08 PM
:rofl: I like your technique, mousie!

Well, there's Bonfire Night under my belt. I didn't make the chili but cooked up a big pot of thick broth instead. I stayed within my kcal allowance--no toasted marshmallows for me, but only because I don't like them! ;) And there was no snow to dig out of the fire pit either! :woo:

That's my celebrations over with until Christmas. Hope our Stateside friends have a good Thanksgiving. :)

11-15-2005, 01:41 AM
As we get closer to (American) Thanksgiving, I just wanted to remind everyone of their holiday plans. I know I need a reminder just about now. :)

11-15-2005, 01:23 PM
I've been taking steps. I eliminated one dish we usually have (full of nuts and sugar). I had a conversation (actually two, one conversation and one reminder conversation :lol: ) with bf of portion control with any leftovers. I have it in my mind that this will be a holiday where I can enjoy myself but not a free- for-all eat-your-brains-out type of celebration.

11-21-2005, 10:06 PM
I'm bumping this up because I wanted to refer back to it, and I figured other people might want to check their goals too! :)

Thanksgiving is in 3 days and we have NO plans so far--seriously. I'm not even certain if we're having dinner with my parents or if we're just winging it on our own! :lol: My gym is open and I'll be taking my regular morning class, but then we're at loose ends for the day.

I need to make cookies for Bah Humbug Day (Dec 1) but I can tell myself that they ALL need to be mailed out, and keep myself out of them that way. I hope! :crossed: I'll have to be careful to get just enough "fixins" to make all the cookies, but none extra.

I'm getting a little nervous, because I don't know what ambushes I'm going to be facing in the coming few weeks. But I figure, get as many 'good' days under my belt as I can, and hopefully they'll 'protect' me!

So how's everyone else doing?

11-22-2005, 03:31 PM
I make cookies as presents every year, so that will be a little tricky for me too.

I go to the gym on Friday, so don't have too much problem there.

Rob bought pannetone and eggnog :o :p that, I'm going to have to handle. I love eggnog but can keep it in moderation; we usually end up throwing away half of it.

I'm nervous too, but gotta keep at it. Posting here to keep reminding myself of the ultimate goal, too.

11-25-2005, 12:08 PM
Okay, time to share how we did on Thanksgiving.

I'm happy to say that I stuck to my plan of turkey, salad, 1 muffin (lowfat lemon), good veggies and one small piece of lowfat pumpkins pie. This Thanksgiving went SO much better than last year's. :)

11-25-2005, 12:33 PM
Went brilliantly! I had planned for two pieces of pie, even, but I only had a tiny piece of cherry cheesecake! We went out to Hometown Buffet (no one felt like cooking) and I had a reasonable meal--started with salad and soup, had a slice of ham, 1/2 cup mac&cheese, and 3 chunks of candied yam. Woo me!

Next challenge is cookie-making, but my confidence is high! :)

11-25-2005, 02:37 PM
I did really really good. I feel great about yesterday. I ate stuff I normally won't get during other meals. So I had the ham and fried turkey. I also had a serving of mashed potatoes(just because!), one dumpling from the chicken and dumplings, a serving spoonful of brocolli rice and homemade mac and cheese. These are things my in laws make, unusual for thanksgiving but good. I ate some fudge but was fine because I really only ate thanksgiving dinner all day. I drank tea and water all day. We ate at noon, we had to pick up the fried turkey at 11 so I didn't eat breakfast and then I picked on the turkey later at home at dinner.
The one big difference is I walked about a mile to a local park and played with the kids.
No alcohol and no PECAN PIE !! (12 points alone for pecan pie, it was there and I didn't eat it!!! )

11-25-2005, 04:33 PM
Survived Halloween by not passing out candy.

Survived Thanksgiving.:thanks2: I watched portions, had plenty of veggies and yams (not candied just seasoned) and then splurged a bit with a piece of pumpkin pie and half a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. I Ate lightly the rest of the day and stayed OP. I also exercised a bit extra.

Christmas plan... Exercise extra the day before and after. :tread: I will take the day off on Christmas. I plan to eat what I want but watch my portions. I have a great way to make hot chocolate low cal. which is one of my favorite cold weather treats. I will probably end up baking peanut blossoms but thats about it for cookies. The things that I have to be the most careful of are the dill dip I make and the cheesecake. :devil: Also I have a weakness for egg nog. However that will depend on how good the egg nog is from the dairy here. I used to live in NY and they had these convienience stores called Stewarts everywhere. They made their own dairy products and had the best egg nog. So I cant stand the grocery store variety. In CO we have our dairy delivered and their products are excellent. So I am assuming the egg nog will be too.

New years- New Years eve used to be a killer calorie wise. I would always drink in the new year. This year will be different as DH can't stand my getting drunk so I may have one or two drinks but thats it:( Oh well it will be good for my waist line.

11-26-2005, 12:31 PM
I did pretty bad for Thanksgiving. I stuck to my plan for our dinner but then blew it a bit latter in the day. I still did not stuff myself like in previous years but I did eat more than I needed to and ate when I was not hungry.

We got rid of our pies and we put the turkey in the freezer to make soups or whatever latter. I am going to have a tough time today. I really need to stay on plan and we are having friends over for a Christmas dinner. This is usually a big stuff yourself fest but not today. I'm counting calories and am going to stay on plan. I really want to have this next 7 lbs off by Jan 1st. I want to make it to my original goal of 245 before my surgery and then get to my new and final goal of 230 by April 31st which is my two year anniversary of starting this diet.

11-26-2005, 01:47 PM
I feel a little upset today. I did well up until T-day dinner (did have an eggnog with a little rum in the afternoon). We used our smaller dinner plates, but I got seconds of the stuffing and turkey, then had a small extra piece of the sweet potato pie. I had a couple of glasses of champagne too. Then I had a piece of apple pie from SIL later in the night, I wasn't even hungry, just wanted to eat it. I felt stuffed, not just full.

I'm especially upset because I've been struggling the last few weeks, had a couple of seriuos setbacks end of Sept and Oct, a death in the family, then I had problems with my leg muscles. I'm working to get back in my groove.

Friday I did well, and spent extra time in the gym. Today is good too so far. I just haven't been meeting the goals I wanted to meet. :(

12-18-2005, 04:50 PM
bumping this back up so you can check on your plan for the upcoming holidays