My strategy for this upcoming (rapidly approaching) Thanksgiving holiday is pretty straight-forward. I'm going to practice discretion and take it a day at a time. How will I do this?
I will be sure I balance out my food intake as best I can. I have to plan if I decide to indulge in something (giving up something else, for the extra calorie food item I may want instead).
I am committing to NOT snacking - at least on non-vegetable items.
I'm going to enjoy everything I want at our traditional holiday feast, but I'm going to practice discretion too. No second helpings, except for vegetables.
I'm going to watch portion control.
I'm going to stay hydrated.
And I'm going to go for a walk after the big meal.
I'm going to avoid the typical holiday weight gain and still enjoy all my favorites! This is my plan for Thanksgiving, my goal, and the steps I plan to take to make this happen.
It will be important for me to maintain my motivation. In years past, this is the time I would most often quit dieting, with disasterous results. Taking a diet "break" for Thanksgiving Thursday often led to extending the "break" through New Year's Eve. So, I am taking actions now to maintain my motivation. I am putting my goals in writing (above). I may even put them on some post-it notes for my bathroom mirror, as a reminder over the holiday. I have specific steps to take to meet the goals.
Now, I need to figure out how I would handle the "what ifs" - should I deviate from this. Setbacks happen to everyone as they try to change behavior and long-established habits. That is just part of the natural process. If I don't have the "in case of emergency" plan - I'm more apt to wing it after a not-so-great decision, and I'd rather have a plan to implement in those instances. Winging it only ever leads to weight gain for me, and that is NOT happening this year. This year, I'm planning for success.
According to the SDDDY Challenge (Blog: Almost Gastric Bypass), which begins today, I am to drink a minimum of 121 oz. of fluid - given my current weight - by the time I go to bed tonight. And then I need to repeat that, each day. So, is it any wonder that today's motivational word is hydration?
Water, we've all heard, helps in the weight loss process.
I found an article online by Maia Appleby, entitled "Drinking Water and Weight Loss," that explains exactly how and why water actually (really) aids in the weight loss process. I appreciated the explanation of why we run to the bathroom so much, the first few days of drinking all we should. (And not to worry, as we KEEP UP the water intake to properly hydrate ourselves, our need to run so often to the bathroom will go away. This is known as the "breakthrough point.") Does it seem like the water is running right through me? Yes, but actually it is flushing out a lot more than I apparently realize. It is all good news!
WebMd.com has an article on the latest findings linking weight loss to water consumption. It looks like drinking 16 oz. of water before meals can greatly affect weight loss efforts. So, maybe I should pay a little attention to the timing of when I drink some of my water too, to better help my efforts.
Calories today: 1572
Beverages today: 143 oz. (about 18 glasses, spread throughout the day)
Day 112 and feeling well-watered!