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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two words that don't mix: Holidays & Diet

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December is here, and with December comes the official "holiday season". Thanksgiving and Halloween have already passed us by - and already did major damage to my diet. To make matters officially worse, I started off the "holiday season" in New Orleans (remember that trip?). So, basically, I shot myself in the foot in October & have been tripping all over myself since then.

I of course didn't mind not dieting while on my vacation, but then when I returned I just never really got back on track. Then it was Wurstfest with the family, and then Thanksgiving week. All of which adds up to a month's worth of diet-free bliss.

I'm glad I took a break. After all, I've been actively dieting since June. A break is nice.

But as I was hanging out with friends during Thanksgiving, eating to my heart's eye's desire, I decided to be pro-active starting this week. I decided instead of throwing in the towel until New Year's resolution time, I'd get a jump start & lose a few more quick pounds now.

So I went back to what successfully helped me get started in the summer: the lemon cayenne detox. The last time I was on the detox, I lost 11 pounds in 7 days. It helped return my body back to a clean, fresh state & I was then able to jump right into other diets (the summary of which you can read here).

This time around, though, everything's not as novel as it was before. And it's harder. I'm more tired (I slept 10 hours last night, and know at 9 again tonight I'll probably be ready for bed again.) I also started right out of Thanksgiving weekend, so my body had to adjust from splurging to not.

But, I already feel better. I haven't had a headache in a few days, and my face is clearing up already. Plus I'm already losing weight. And I have a goal to work towards... Christmas. I do ultimately have 30 pounds to lose before I hit that "goal weight", and if I could lose half of that before Christmas, than I'd be a very happy girl who could enjoy the holidays guilt-free!

So this brings up a big question for me. How do you stay healthy during the holidays? Especially during the cold days! (Once it gets cold, all I want to do is sit under a blanket and eat hearty soup or creamy hot chocolate!)

Love to hear some tips! ♥


  1. I think the detox is the way to go. You're probably tired because of extra food you ate last week. I know that makes me feel sluggish. I'm trying something new this year as far as staying healthy goes. My mom got me a Champion juicer for my birthday in October and I've been juicing every single day. My husband drinks it too. I juice 3 apples, 2 carrots, a few handfuls of spinach or kale and a 1/4 lemon with the peel. We've both noticed that our sense of smell has become super sensitive. Weird! Good luck on reaching your goal!

  2. When I diet I shoot for low carb. I used to follow South Beach, but these days it's more like "somewhere near the beach". I started dieting about a week into November and did okay, but I just accepted that Thanksgiving was going to blow it (and it did). Within a couple days of starting I felt WAY more energy than I'd felt in quite a while, but for the first week I'd get "carb headaches" in the evening as my body demanded sugar. Now that I'm starting over after Thanksgiving, I'm getting them again. It's no fun. I only weigh myself when I go to the gym, so I just kinda have to hope that this is actually doing some good.

  3. I have self-control problems, mostly: if food is out, I will eat it. So, I don't allow myself to eat while I help my grandma cook by telling myself that it's not sanitary, and then I sit as far from the buffet table with all the pies and cupcakes and delicious food as I can. Also, I fill up on all the turkey/ham first, and make myself wait twenty minutes after eating to even consider eating dessert.

  4. It can be hard! Maybe give yourself a christmas gift...the gift of health- a goal you want to have my Christmas. And maybe try something other than a weight goal...maybe it's running a mile or doing 10 guy style pushups. Something that's further along than where you are at that you can feel good about doing come Christmas!

    Without goals I'm lost. That's why I sign up for races months in advance...I have a motivating factor to run NOW.

    Best of luck! I'm cheering you on!

  5. You inspire me! I was just talking about this issue at lunch today. The holidays are NOT good for dieting, or even maintaining. I commend you for starting new this week and not waiting to January. I know it's much easier said than done, but you will feel so much better and be GLOWING at your holiday events! Good luck girl, I'm cheering for you!

  6. After reading this post, I booked an appointment to see my Naturopath Doctor. It's time I get back on track.

    I know I am going to eat a bunch of crap when I am in New York so I will have to FOR SURE watch what I eat when I return home.