It almost sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Weight-loss and holidays… hilarious! But I’m not joking you guys. It’s not exactly easy, but it is doable. And it does eventually pay off!
Here are a few things that help keep me motivated and on track.
1. Be Accountable
My mom told me about this app and I’ve been using it pretty faithfully for about 2 months now. There is an upgraded version you can purchase for $40 a year, but the FREE version works perfectly for me!
Basically you just enter a few facts about yourself (weight, gender, height, etc.) and the app creates a calorie budget for you each day. Then you just track all of your calories by typing them in or scanning bar codes with your phone.
Ultimately, it’s just calorie tracking and you could do the same thing with pen and paper but for me I love it because it’s easy to use, I don’t have to do any of the math myself, and I always have it on hand cause it’s on my phone. It also will show you a projection for what day you should hit your weightless goal if you stay faithful!
All in all? It’s not revolutionary but it’s fun, easy and keeps me accountable. And accountability is key.
2. Water, Water, Water
There is a reason everyone tells you to drink lots of water when you’re dieting… it works! It helps to keep you hydrated which ultimately helps to keep you full. It also helps your body to flush out any of the junk you may still be eating and it helps you to better digest food as well.
3. Eat Things You Like
Obviously I’m NOT a nutritionist (and I’m not saying that if you have a 1,300 calorie budget you should spend all 1,300 calories eating chocolate cake…), but if you don’t like carrots, what makes you think that just because you’re on a diet that will change? It won’t. In fact, if you have nothing but foods you DON’T like on hand you’re a lot more likely to give up and drive to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger (or two). So focus less on what you should eat and find diet-friendly things you will eat instead.
Some Things I like:
- Large Banana (approximately 130 calories)
- Popcorn (typically 100-300 calories a bag)
- Progresso Soup (Cheesy Enchilada is a personal favorite & 180 calories for the whole can)
- Healthy Choice Frozen Meal (I love the Salisbury Steak – 240 calories)
- Fresh Omelette made with 2 eggs, 2 oz of cheese, green bell pepper, onion and a slice of ham (approximately 300 calories)
- My morning coffee with cream (approximately 35 calories per TBSP of cream)
- Birdseye Steamable mixed veggies (150 calories per bag)
- Apple (approximately 60 calories)
Some of these are clearly healthier than others but ultimately they are all better choices than what I’d be eating/making if I were NOT on a diet. If I were NOT on a diet I’d be eating things like Doritos, candy bars, cookies, cereal, macaroni and cheese, etc. etc. (lots of carbs and virtually no fruit, vegetables or protein).
4. Have Cheat Meals NOT Cheat Days
There will be times where you will mess up. You’ll have 3 slices of pizza instead of 1… you’ll steal your toddlers cookies… you’ll polish of the Pringles (I did all 3 of these last night). But just because you mess up and lose it for a meal, that doesn’t mean you need to give up.
Add it to your tracker. Look at how many calories you just wasted on a binge, and use that as fuel to get back on track. Which brings me to my next point:
5. Create a Routine
I am soooo much more successful when I eat the same thing every single day. It sounds boring, but it really helps (especially if you are eating things you enjoy).
But essentially by eating the same thing every day you aren’t even giving yourself the opportunity to THINK about and therefore miss other foods. You don’t have to think about if you want a bagel for breakfast, because you already know you’re going to have an omelette. You don’t have to think about if you want to join your co-workers for lunch at your local Chinese buffet because you already know you’re going to have Salisbury steak with potatoes and gravy, green beans and cinnamon apple desert. You don’t have to think about if you want a cookie Frieda in Finance baked because you know you’re going to have a bag of kettle corn and a banana.
It makes it easier to say no, because you’ve already predestined what you’re going to say yes to.
What are some of your tips for continued weight-loss during the holidays?