I’m up 0.4 lbs this week.
No big deal. Although I was kind of hoping to hit my official WW 20-pound loss since it was also my 16th meeting (yes, I did get a key chain).
Now that the holiday season is upon is, it’s easy to get completely off track. I’ve always treated this time of year as a wash regardless of what diet I was on at the time. But my WW leader made a good point this week (she is full of good points) — how many days during the holidays are actually that difficult to navigate? It’s really just Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and maybe a holiday party or two. There’s no reason to let yourself binge for two months straight when there are only a handful of days you’ll be surrounded by food. And if you have countless social engagements coming up? It’s OK to not say “yes” to every invitation. It’s also OK to eat before a party and skip the food.
Speaking of which, my office has been full of food lately. We do a huge fundraiser for a local food bank and part of that involves us doing fundraisers in the office, most of which include bake sales, catered lunches, and snack carts coming around in the afternoon. I’ve done a pretty good job getting through it so far. And I’m helping out with a healthy fundraiser this week — a juice and smoothie bar. Normally I would be baking up a storm and bringing in unhealthy treats for something like this, so I’m glad I have a healthy way to contribute. Needless to say it’s been a little hard to keep saying no to all of this food when “it’s for charity”! I have no problem being Scrooge for the sake of my waistline.
In other news…
My Jawbone UP activity tracker has been amazing for motivation. I took 65,500 steps in a week which is around 26 miles. I’ll be writing a post about it soon.
I also replaced coffee with green juice for a week. Yes, I can’t believe I was able to function.
Do you usually gain weight this time of year? What is your strategy for staying on track during the holidays?