GoingGoal: Well at least you found out what didn't work for you. So it wasn't an experience wasted.
And good for you for having a positive attitude about it!
I found that eating a filling snack before eating the Thanksgiving meal helped stop me from overeating. That and limiting myself to one plate. Fortunately there was no dessert served although I would have limited myself to one piece of pie if it were.
The worst thing I used to do was eat a holiday meal after basically fasting for most of the day. And fortunately both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day land on weekdays (aka exercise days) so that helped limit the damage as well.
The only problem with exercise is that I have to arrange to do it earlier than usual because of the meal. I like getting it out of the way early so that if something comes up, I won't skip working out. Although things like doing the dishes can count as exercise as well.
Nightkatt: Congratulations on making your Christmas goal!
It takes me forever to see the scale shift because for some reason my body likes to shed weight in spurts rather than on a regular basis.
Sunday night I found some old college clothes that I had packed away and hadn't worn in years. And I actually managed to fit my ample rear into a pair of medium sized pants! Not only that ,but they fit correctly.
I knew that my large sweatpants were a bit loose, but it's good to know that I seem to be losing off of my hips. FINALLY.
I also have "new" shirts and pajamas to wear.