Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Slimdown Challenge!

Today I'm launching my Holiday Slimdown Challenge!
Everyone says losing weight during the Holidays is the hardest, and most people just assume they're naturally going to gain a pound or two or three or...from all the shenanigans. But I want to challenge that! I want prove that we can all stick with our weight loss goals and still have a great time this season. If we can lose weight during the holidays we can lose weight anytime. Even if it's only a pound I know that the sense of empowerment that will come from being lighter come January 2nd is going to be a great feeling!

So starting Wednesday, November 21 ('cuz I like my weeks to be balanced), my goal is to weigh less by Wednesday, January 2nd while still enjoying the Holidays.

Here's how:
*Be good about maintaining my workout schedule, and squeeze in more workouts when possible.  Even if that's just some extra push-ups and sit-ups before bed. I want to be very workout minded the next month and a half.

*Prioritize my treats. Food is everywhere during the holidays! I work at a school and parents bring in so many snacks for the office it doesn't even fit on our counters. But here's the thing - even though some of it is delicious... a lot of it isn't even that good. Is that store bought muffin really worth it? I don't think so.  That homemade zucchini bread though, I'd say, is worth it. That stale tin popcorn? Not worth it.  So yes, I'll still indulge in quality food - but I'm going to be very cautious about wasting calories on food just 'cuz it's there. A good rule of thumb is only indulging in homemade items.

*Have one or two off-limit foods. I have two off-limit foods that I never eat.  I never eat cookies and I never eat french fries. Now before you freak out and start hyperventilating - hear me out. This may not work for all of you - and I'm not saying those are the foods you should pick.  These are just the one's I've chosen and work for me. Here's why I chose cookies and fries.  They're always available and way too easy to eat too much of. Cookies are everywhere and who can stop at just one fry? Once I got into the habit of just believing, "I don't eat cookies" and, "I don't eat fries" they really aren't that tempting.  Plus, I don't deprive myself of other things.  I still eat tater tots and I still eat cake, so I still get the flavor - they're just harder to come by and thus I naturally eat them less often. So maybe just try this for the Holiday season. It can be any treat. I would however, pick something that's available during the Holidays but isn't exclusive to the holidays so you don't miss out.  So for example, I wouldn't pick egg nog, because that's only available for a short time and you don't want to deprive yourself.  Instead, maybe choose potato chips.  They're likely to be available at a lot of Holiday parties, but are you really going to feel deprived at the end of the day because you didn't eat chips at Christmas? No, I didn't think so.

*Be even more aware of what I'm eating at home. It's all about prioritizing. I would much rather have a salad when I am at home so I can have my mom's homemade mac 'n' cheese when I'm at their place on Christmas.

*And if I haven't said it enough, prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.  I really believe that's key. Plan ahead and decide what is worth it for you. Maybe you absolutely love holiday tin popcorn, but know in your heart you could pass on Christmas morning waffles and not feel sad.

And now for a chart, because who doesn't love a good chart?
So... who has the courage to join me? I know it's a little scary, and you might feel like you're setting yourself up for failure.  But as long as we prioritize and plan ahead I know we can do this together!

Keep me posted on your progress in the comments and on Twitter! #holidayslimdown


  1. I'll join you!! I'm probably going to eat ALOT so I will have to workout ALOT!

  2. Alright. I'm in. I've been trying to get motivated to start any kind of weight loss plan and it's always good to have company. :)