It’s the holiday season. We can say oh well, give up, eat all that we want and pick up again after the start of the new year. Or we can still allow ourselves to enjoy the holidays with our friends and family and maintain or even, get this, still loose weight.
Which would you rather choose?
Gain weight and have to work hard to get back off the pounds you worked hard to loose the first time or make smarter choices and plan for those big holiday meals accordingly. I’d rather choose the second. That’s just me though. There isn’t a wrong choice. You have to do what is going to work for you.
This week I knew that my work was having a Christmas party and so I planned my meals around that. I didn’t want to eat anything heavy so I stayed away from pasta. But I still wanted to be satisfied. You’ll just end up eating more if you aren’t satisfied.
I ate the same thing most every day. I make that sound like this week is different from other weeks. It’s not. At least in that sense.
It’s just me so when I make a meal it lasts all week long. Means I am able to cook less but it does mean I tend to eat the same thing every day.
For breakfast I ate 2 eggs (0 pts), 2 turkey sausage patties (3 pts) and a banana. This has been my breakfast most days for the last several months. Sometimes I’ll have a glass of milk (fat free – 3 pts) and sometimes not.
You would think I’d get bored with it but I haven’t yet. However, it is nice to eat something different every once in a while. Thanks to my nephew who insisted on wanting waffles when he stayed the night a couple weeks ago, I now have a box of waffles in my freezer. Fortunately, I got wheat and he couldn’t tell the difference. 2 waffles are 5 points, no butter, 2 tbsp’s of sugar free syrup (1 pt) and a banana. Yumm!
For lunch I was in the mood for tuna salad. Well honestly, I was craving some sort of chip action and this was my way of satisfying that since I eat the tuna on crackers. One can of tuna is 2 servings for me. I add in 2 eggs, 2 sweet pickles that I chop up and 2 tbsp of light mayo. It ends up being 2 pts a serving. Not bad.
I ate it with 9 Triscuit crackers (5 pts), baby carrots (0 pts) and some applesauce (0 pts). I go through phases where I love applesauce and want it all the time or I can not touch it for months. Weird. But this week it hit the spot.
For dinner I made a healthier version of Chicken Parm. Oh my, was it good! I posted the recipe yesterday. Check it out here. =)
The Chicken Parm itself was only 4 pts, green beans (0 pts), salad mix (0 pts) and my favorite dressing, Ken’s Lite Italian Dressing (1 pt for 1 tbsp). So good!
Wednesday was my company’s Christmas party and I wanted to be free to eat what I wanted while there. So…I ate as few points during the day as possible. Guess what? I didn’t starve myself doing so. Thanks to the recent changes in the program, my breakfast of 3 eggs was zero points. For lunch I had baby carrots, applesauce and a salad totaling 1 point. I was good to go come dinner. =)
This is what I mean by living life, being flexible, still enjoying events whatever those events might be but not giving up. I made smarter choices during the day and then enjoyed myself that evening and yes, I ate whatever and however much I wanted. I did not count. I do this from time to time. I think it’s ok. I just don’t go crazy and I start tracking the very next day.
Friday turned out to be a curve ball for me. This will happen! I had a half day at work and needed to run some errands. One of the errands was up North near my sister. I asked her if she wanted to join me for a late lunch. She did. I love it when we can get together. =)
That lunch turned in to hanging out with her the rest of the day including going to a birthday party at Olive Garden (Olive Garden!) and a Christmas party after. I did not plan for this. In fact I ate a somewhat unhealthy lunch, buffalo chicken flat bread pizza with alfredo ranch sauce, because I had had a lighter breakfast and knew how many points my dinner was going to be.
That all went out the window with Olive Garden though. Or did it?
My sister knew that I’ve been working hard to loose weight for about 8 months now. She suggested that we each just have a bowl of soup or share a dish. We ended up sharing a bowl of soup and an entree. She remembered that I had told her salmon was now zero points under the new program and suggested we eat that for dinner. So we split a bowl of Zuppa Toscana, our favorite, and a salmon entree with a veggie side dish. It was just right. I didn’t feel hungry nor stuffed. I even avoided the bread sticks, which is hard to do let me tell you!, but did enjoy a glass of wine. My original dinner for 4 points turned in to a 16 point dinner but it was all right. It could have been much, much worse!
The Christmas party was actually more difficult than dinner. There were so many goodies – chips, dips and the sweets! I wanted all of it. But I resisted. Though it wasn’t easy. I even had to leave the room in order to keep temptation at bay.
It was worth it though. I weighed in this morning and guess what? I’m down another 2 lbs this week, I received another 5 lb star (finally after more than 2 months since receiving my last one) and I’m 7 lbs away from goal. Lifetime is so within reach! I’m getting excited!!
I wouldn’t be this close to Lifetime if I had decided to give myself a pass for the entire holiday season. I would be getting farther and farther away and honestly, it would make it that much more difficult to get back on track after the new year. Once you fall off, it’s not easy getting back on. That’s why I give myself free passes every once in a while, more often now then when I first started, but then I immediately start tracking the next day. Life is all about balance. You can’t avoid certain situations and who would want to but you can’t give in all the time either.
So make smarter choices this holiday season, do what is going to be best for you and get back on track right after! Happy holidays!!