Weight Loss Support - Let's Calmly Reassess the Christmas Mess

12-27-2005, 09:26 AM
Before you cry out in despair and reach for another slice of pie, take a deep breath. Have a look at what really happened. Know that you were 'comin along' before the holidays and that a few days does not a weightloss break.

I had to put my track up 5 lbs this morning. But if I'm honest with myself, I know that I had a 'very busy couple of days loss' , hurrying, skipping meals. That wasn't truly fat loss. So those three pounds are not really part of my holiday regain.

I've really truly only gained a pound or two. And chances are they're just fluffly, salty, water weight. If I clean up my food act and go for a couple of nice walks, I'll be fine.

Carefully put away the left-overs. Pitch anything you really shouldn't eat. (I sent alot home with guests). Up your water intake and go far a nice calming walk.

It's not as bad as you think.

12-27-2005, 11:08 AM
:wave: i agree with susan. if yoou had a bad day start over, because it will get worse. then it you'll be back where you started. hope all had a good holiday
:) glen

12-27-2005, 11:28 AM
Last Tuesday I was 134 lbs, on Friday I was 132.2, and yesterday I was 133.6. I really don't think I did too bad. :) I'm back on track now, and trying to make my Jan. goal.

12-27-2005, 01:00 PM
Hm.. for whatever reason, even with all the good food, I couldn't bring myself to splurge on it. I had even left Christmas and Christmas eve open as designated eat whatever you want days. Sure, I ate more than I normally would, but overall I did alright. Down .4lbs from Friday.

Hope everyone else is doing alright!

12-27-2005, 01:07 PM
I just kept telling myself it wasn't *one* Christmas dinner that made me fat in the first place!. :) I had a fabulous Christmas last year too (in the middle of weight loss) and it didn't hold me back/slow me down at all!

12-27-2005, 01:09 PM
I didn't do so well.... it seems like I ate everything in sight, and that includes yesterday (Boxing Day). I feel very out on control being at home for the holidays... it seems like I am ruining all of my progress. But I know that can't be true, and I'm trying to get back on track. There is food *everywhere* in this house and it's not mine so I can't throw it out.. I am just trying to ignore it. :(

12-27-2005, 01:20 PM
I'm gaining during this season. I've decided to just roll with it, and not be too concerned. It may be a cliche, but I'll rededicate myself to getting back on track when the new year is here.

12-27-2005, 01:33 PM
You are right that we should remain calm, and not let small slips, become major backslides. Some questions to myself I use to refocus:

Why did I go off plan?
What will I do in the future when I want to go off plan again?
What is my plan of action?

12-27-2005, 02:37 PM
I relaxed on the food for the last week and and a half, but made the decision to get back on track yesterday...and I did! I feel so much better. No nausea or hurting tummy, my pants even feel better today than 2 days ago! So, I'm glad I was able to come out the other side with minimal damage done. I did maintain my workouts during the time, so that helped a lot! Even the mental part of it all was better because I really worked out hard! Here we go...a blessed New Year!

12-27-2005, 02:56 PM
A mixed bag for me...

I haven't seen my family since last Christmas, so I was pretty anxious about going back there. I knew that there would be lots of junk food around, so I packed a healthy bag lunch to eat once I got there (Yay!).

Sure enough, I was right. My mother had lemon tea cake, chocolate chip cookies, 2 pounds of butterscotch fudge, 2 pounds of regular fudge, and several boxes of old fashioned "nostalgia" candy that she had ordered (Boo!). I didn't eat ANY of it, though (Yay!!!).

But man, after a few hours in that house, I was climbing the walls, and eating chex mix by the handfull (Boo!). Oh well, at least now I know how I ended up weighing almost 215 pounds.

I did manage to eat a reasonable Christmas dinner, and came home yesterday an unofficial half pound lighter (double Yay!!).

Just have to say that the coolest thing is seeing everyone (regardless of their Christmas food setbacks or victories) back here and ready to dig in. You guys are a constant source of inspiration for me.

Here's to a happy, healthy, amazingly great new year for all of you! :hat:


12-27-2005, 03:00 PM
I didn't do that well either. I wish I could say I did, but it didn't happen. But its okay, I am back on track, so I know I will be back at where I was in no time. I also know that all of it can't be fat, its probably some water weight too. So, happy to be back on track!!!

12-27-2005, 03:19 PM
I didn't do that badly or that well... I picked at food a lot, I haven't weighed myself but I feel good and I'm drinking water by the gallon. I've started back full force with running every second day to hopefully ward off some of those extra calories. I just can't eat as much as I used to, I feel my tummy stetch when I eat a large meal and stop right in my tracks, but it's the picking at mini butter tarts inbetween meals that are killing me, they aren't filling so I never get the stretched tummy feeling... Anywho, I'm babbling, I'm doing the best I can during these holidays, when I'm good I'm good, so that has to count for something...

12-27-2005, 03:24 PM
I've got a cure for holiday weight gain, it isn't pleasant, but it's still in the development stages. On Wednesday I came down with a gastric bug. I shall spare you the details, good friends! Anyway, it wasn't until Christmas day that I could actually eat anything at all, and could only eat half my dinner, but did manage all my pudding!

So it was just one of my standard lapse days really. I have a week off the eating plan every two months, so I just built it in to my regular routine. Haven't weighed yet, but I went shopping today, and I have gone down a bra size and bought a size 16 (a US size 12) jacket!!! I was a size 26 this time last year!!!

12-28-2005, 02:38 AM
I'm sure most of my weight gain was water. My fingers were so swollen on weigh in day. I am sure I only actually gained 1-2 pounds from holiday munchies instead of 4. I will work to get those off quickly, and get back on track.

12-28-2005, 07:41 AM
Last Friday I was 165.5lbs. Tuesday, I weighed in at 167 - although I only splurged a bit on Xmas Day itself and even then walked on Xmas Day and ran on Boxing Day, and was right back on track Boxing Day, and I didn't go entirely crazy even on Xmas Day... So how come this morning I'm up even more to 168.5? Doesn't make sense as I was already back to my usual diet before I weighed in at 167... And I only had one day off exercise!

So despite getting straight back on track on Dec 26th, my weight's gone up 3lb - half of that since I got back on track! I'm just hoping it's a blip and things start to shift downwards again, but there's no way I'm giving up as I was only 10lb off a normal BMI before xmas set me back!

PhatP x

12-28-2005, 03:26 PM
I didn't do too bad. Still 141. Which means I didn't lose anything, but I didn't gain anything, either. Which is a plus.

I didn't weigh myself all last week because it was that time of the month for me, plus I wanted to wait until a few days after Christmas to get on the scale, and I fully expected to be back up to at least 143, having gained a couple of pounds over the holiday. But I'm still 141, so I was happy with that :)

12-28-2005, 06:44 PM
I'm certainly glad to see I am not the only one that didn't do well over the holidays :)

It's only one week, and easily corrected come the new year =)

12-28-2005, 08:28 PM
Well, I look at it this way - I'm sure many of us feel we could have done better. But we could have done lots worse, too.

12-28-2005, 09:03 PM
I feel this way about it - I have changed how I eat forever. I am not on a diet, this is the way I eat. The way I eat is to have a big Christmas throw down at my mom's house with all the fixings, including pie. There is no eating plan that would work long term for me that didn't include holiday celebration meals :) One Christmas dinner did not make me a fat person before I lost weight and one Christmas dinner will not make a fat person since I have lost the weight.

12-28-2005, 09:15 PM
I don't think I did too bad (and I *did* journal everything I ate). I'm not liking the scale right now, but there is NO WAY that I ate enough food to warrant the extra 2-3 pounds that pops up. I simultaneously did some BIG workouts (we're talking multi-hour) and I think most of what's happening is water gain as my body adjusts to the exercise stress along with a little water gain from the food over the weekend (and hey, I DID go to the gym on Christmas day--yikes!).

I'm back on track, but it's HARD this week because I'm on vacation. Makes me very aware of how "vacation" to me has so often been defined by food indulgences. Sigh. But...I keep thinking of the clothes my mom got me that I had to take back today and exchange for a size smaller :)

12-28-2005, 09:29 PM
I feel this way about it - I have changed how I eat forever. I am not on a diet, this is the way I eat. The way I eat is to have a big Christmas throw down at my mom's house with all the fixings, including pie. There is no eating plan that would work long term for me that didn't include holiday celebration meals :) One Christmas dinner did not make me a fat person before I lost weight and one Christmas dinner will not make a fat person since I have lost the weight.

It's so nice to see someone else who thinks the same way I do ;)

12-29-2005, 06:55 AM
I agree - have also found a way of eating I can live with forever. What worried me about the gain was it was down to a few biscuits and some handmade chockies - in every other way even for the big meal itself, I just stuck to my normal diet. If I could gain 3lb just over that, and so fast, I'm worried about the implications for when I'm on maintenance!

That said, I did this same diet 10 years ago and maintained easily for 5 years til I got pregnant again (that always messes me up royally - maybe as I have PCOS so there's hormones everywhere).

It's knocked my confidence seeing how little it takes to gain - but then, I'm not beating myself up over it, either, as I stuck to the straight and narrow for 6 months now, and I've got to the point where I don't crave fatty things at all, and I'm genuinely enjoying what I eat. Just unsettled that a handful of chockies could wreak such havoc! (That said they were probably 200 cal a throw!)

PhatP x

12-29-2005, 08:06 AM
Yeah I have to make a tracker change up to :dizzy:
But im getting back to the gym today and ringing in the new year on a exersise note. ;)