Okay, so since I had the crazy idea to finally recommit to losing weight on Thanksgiving week of all weeks, I have to have a plan, right? Especially considering that we’ll be eating Thanksgiving dinner at three different places this week and I’ll be going shopping with my mom and sister the day after (which means eating out).
So, what’s my plan?
Well, several years ago, I did Weight Watchers for the first time. I actually did well that time, too, until I hit a plateau. I’d lost, like, 35 pounds in 3 or 4 months. Anyway, I actually lost weight the week of Thanksgiving — I didn’t lose much, but I didn’t gain. My main strategy was only eating my favorite things. I didn’t even go for the things that might be healthier — like green beans, for example. I chose to eat — in moderation — the things that I typically only get at Thanksgiving dinners: my mother-in-law’s delicious stuffing, my broccoli casserole and sweet potato casserole, my aunt’s squash casserole.
When it came to desserts, I did the same thing; I only chose my favorite — one slice of cheese cake. I split that, right down the middle, with my mom because, really, an eighth of a slice of cheese cake is plenty.
As for the shopping day, we typically eat a big breakfast at either IHOP or Waffle House. (Yeah, we’re fancy folks, I know…but yum!) I decided at the beginning of my first Weight Watchers journey that every week I’d let myself have a “cheat day.” I’m pretty sure they even do that on Biggest Loser, although they don’t advertise that fact. I’ve caught a couple of mentions of it from time to time.
(You know, I’ve just decided that I don’t like the term “cheat” day. It goes back to that whole psychology of “good” food and “bad” food, as well as implying that I’m on a diet. I don’t want to be on a diet. Diets are temporary. I want to learn lifestyle changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. How about an “indulgence” day instead, in which one might indulge in things enjoyed in moderation?)
So, anyway, when I was doing WW, I’d use a good portion of my flex points on Saturday mornings, after weigh-in, when my mom, my sister and I would go to brunch. I decided to apply the same principal to our Black Friday brunch, figuring that surely some of the extra calories would be off-set by the fact that we’d be walking all day. This year, I might even check out IHOP’s healthier menu items.
That’s my plan for this year, too — a little common sense, a little grace for the journey.
Do you have any tips that you’ve successfully used to keep from losing weight-loss ground while still enjoying the holidays?