I’m all about preventative maintenance. I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t keep the oil changed in your car, bad things may happen to your engine that can cost you thousands of dollars. I’ve seen what happens if you let your termite bond lapse on your house, and unfortunate things can happen if you leave a dead tree too close to your house and you live in tornado alley.
This time of year, taking some preventative measures to avoid having an unnecessary weight gain over the next couple of weeks will help the scale stay within an acceptable range for you, keep on securely on your weight loss path, if you are trying to get to a healthy weight.
When I was on my own personal weight loss journey, I was nervous about Christmas because I loved to make and eat sugar cookies, couldn’t get enough Christmas candy, and never turned down a friend’s offer of a sweet dessert, even if I didn’t even like the dessert she made.
I’m proud, even after all these years, that I lost weight over Christmas that year, and didn’t feel deprived, but rather felt empowered that I could make good choices even throughout the holiday season. The empowered feeling gave me confidence as I continued to lose weight, because I knew if I had made it successfully through Christmas, I could also make it through other holidays and celebrations.
Some preventative measures that may help you avoid gaining weight throughout the holidays include:
- Avoid buying Christmas candy or desserts - If it is not in your house, you can’t eat it.
- Use a rating system for foods people offer you – I still rate my food on a scale of 1 to 10. If the food isn’t a 9 or 10, then I politely say no.
- Add 20 more minutes of physical activity – Use resistance bands to do a workout while you watch television, add a 20 minute fast walk after dinner, or increase your exercise time by 20 minutes to help rev your metabolism and burn some calories.
- Communicate your desires to your family and friends – If you do not clearly tell your family and friends that you do not want to be offered junky food and sweets, they may not believe that you are serious about your commitment during the holidays.
- Induldge in small ways – If Christmas isn’t complete without peppermint patties or chocolate covered cherries, allow yourself to have a few in order to not deprive yourself. Plan your indulgences in advance and eat without guilt.
These are some of the preventative measures that worked for me back then, and continue to work for me now.
I’d love it if you would share your best preventative tips for this holiday season. Diane