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Weight : 225.8 pounds
Lost in 2 weeks : 4 pounds
Total Lost : 27.2 pounds
I spent many days on a diet. Usually it goes something like this:
Pre-Thanksgiving: "I'll have a small filling and a cake, but not give anything."
After Thanksgiving: "OK, I ate the whole stuffing. No big deal. I'm back on a diet. I mean, I might have a Christmas biscuit … "
1. December: "Had my Christmas biscuit. What a pleasure! That's for sure everything I need by Christmas. "
. 2 December: "Hmmm, now I can not stop thinking of Christmas cookies. "
. 3 December: "It's holiday time, DAMMIT! Let me have all the sugar my blood can handle! "
27th December: "How did I gain 10 pounds in three weeks? Well, it's time to enjoy all that pound of See's sweets … "
Last year, after my doctor told me to eat 1,200 calories a day, I decided to let myself go What I wanted to do Thanksgiving Black Friday. Although I enjoyed my delicious supper, it was incredibly hard to go back to my diet. Here are some pictures of me this Friday morning.
For three days I had a strong desire. This Thanksgiving meal has changed a switch in my brain that transforms my mindset from "Let's get better" to "Let's see how many fats and carbohydrates I can get at each meal." I remember that I went to the supermarket and desperately wanted to buy sweets. It's the holiday season I thought. To avoid the unnecessary sugar, I had to remember Hey, the sweets go nowhere. You can have some for Christmas . By bribing myself with future sugar, I was able to follow through the desire and finally eat quite healthy again – of course until Christmas.
All this means: If you want to lose weight, the holidays are tough. There's sugar and alcohol everywhere, parties all year long, and big chic dinners with a green view in sight. To rob yourself of the whole season is miserable, but it's also not great to devour oneself.
So … how am I going to get through the holidays this year without erasing my progress so far?
Thanksgiving this year was pretty easy. We did not have friends-giving invitations, and my husband and I live too far from our families to survive the busiest travel day of the year for a turkey. So I had to choose my Thanksgiving meal.
We had a turkey breast (because I'm bored and just like white meat), cranberry sauce with monkfruitsweet, mashed potatoes and homemade pumpkin pie. I made only half a pie, so I would not have many desserts in the coming days that mock me.
It was a small Thanksgiving meal, but I got my favorite treat (I like mashed potatoes too much to give up) and healthier versions of some classics. Note: The cranberry sauce with Monkfruit was great! It's not the cheapest sweetener, but I like it more than stevia.
I've picked food that I like, but I'm not getting out of hand.
For some reason, filling and noodles make me spend days eating nothing but stuffing and noodles. The same applies to cakes. Does it make sense now that I have cakes and could not have longings, but having a full cake at home would put me in sugar mode? No. But this is how my brain works, so I opted for foods that I like, but not lose, and should avoid this being your brain-on-drugs catalyst.
In December I will try to have the same attitude. I will enjoy the treats that I really love but set aside the addictive stuff. I also try not to do something good every day. What is it about December that makes it completely reasonable – yes, 19459209 – 19459020 to eat a biscuit or candy every day? Maybe the fact that there are literally whole calendars that deal with distributing chocolate every 24 hours and that there is no advent calendar makes me feel like some kind of Scrooge. But I'll try to get the peer-peer-sugar pressure past me, and tend to treats about once a week.
I am confident that I can not lose control this year.
As much as I like These foods are not as important to me as they used to be. Previously, I felt that I had to get as many treats as possible before hating myself and starting the diet again. Now I do not hate myself. I can enjoy a little treat and enjoy all the other nice things that life – and this season – has to offer.
I love to make Christmas cookies, so I do. I love mulled wine, and I only have it once a year, so I will not feel bad. And See's sweets are the absolute best, but I know better now than to buy a box for myself – so I'll grab some truffles and call it a day.
Now I could easily avoid all this stuff. But I've done that before and it always ends with binge-eating behavior. My decision to purée potatoes and cakes may hamper my weight loss this week. And my desire to make cookies and go out for Christmas dinner could slow my weight loss even more. So what? This year I want to go through the holidays without feeling guilty or restrained.
I wish you luck.
Amber Petty is a writer based in L.A. Follow her as she describes her weight loss journey in her new bimonthly Slim Chance column. Follow her on Instagram @ Ambernpetty.