How to Survive Thanksgiving When Losing Weight

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Here we are again. The Holiday season. The time of year everyone goes absolutely crazy with eating. Well, I am with you this year. I have been struggling to keep track and eat clean lately. This holiday season frightens me. I need to stop thinking negatively. If we keep our minds in the right state and keep our confidence up we can accomplish anything.

The average person will consume over 4,500 on Thanksgiving. That is a lot! BUT..one day will not ruin your life style. People are always asking me, “What do you do?” or “What did you do last year?” My Mom cooked the meal and we ate! Yes, we do things a little differently such as fat free gravy or more veggies but last year I still ate turkey, mash potatoes and pie. I still also consumed some adult beverages as well. The idea of one day should not stress you out. You should enjoy the day with your family and then the next day go back to normal. People have high anxiety of the holidays but I think one day is not bad. I always complain about the summer because there are more BBQ and events. Thanksgiving is only one day. ENJOY IT!

 

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I feel I should give my list once again to keep us all on track!:

1.) Do not pile things onto your plate.

2.) Do not drown your food in gravy or butter

3.) Try to plan your plate accordingly. You should have more veggies on your plate and some protein/crabs.

4.) If you wish to go for seconds..Pick two/three things you loved and eat them. Why make a whole plate again? If you loved that turkey then have some more. If you loved Grandmom’s corn bread then go ahead. Do not pile everything on again.

5.) Drink water. If you wish to have adult beverages that is fine but drink water during the meal. Also, coffee or tea is great if offered.

6.) Small piece of dessert. Do not do seconds.

8.) Try to work out before your big meal. I am taking a morning spin class. 

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9.) Still eat before dinner. You do not want to go starving. It will make you eat more.

10.) Eat slowly. Take small bites. It will fill you up faster.

Enjoy the day!!! Just enjoy being with your family and be happy to even be alive. One day will not ruin everything. Get back on track on Friday. I promise it will be okay!

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

-Jackie

Finding Motivation to Lose Weight

I am having a hard time getting motivated to loss weight. I am even having a hard time keeping off all the weight I lost. I still go to WAWA..I buy candy like it is going out of style and I barely go to the gym. This needs to end!!

I am having a hard staying motivated. I should be motivated to not gain the weight back but I am just not. Nothing seems to motivated me..to keep me going. Family does not understand..I do not have a group I can vent to, and ect…I have been stress eating. My job has been stressful, my thesis is coming to a close, my defense is December 8th, I am not getting job offers, and thinking of my student loans has me going crazy. I am stressed..so I eat. I get lazy. I shut down.

I have one more plan. To me..words are stronger then action.

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This is inside my car. I put it in there yesterday. I always go somewhere after work on Friday but when I kept looking at the words it made me not go anywhere. A woman parked to me at work yesterday asked what that means and I responded, “motivation!”

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I placed sticky notes everywhere. Motivational things on them. I need to be motivated!! I need this motivation.

I also stated writing down everything I am consuming. I stopped writing things down and when I stop then weight gain happens. I am so nervous for the holiday season..I have something planned every weekend. I hope I can be stronger than I have been. I need the motivation..

-Jackie

First Weigh In…I FORGOT!!

 

 

Yes, my first monthly weigh in was on Dec 6..and yes I forgot to weigh in! I was in the middle of eating my breakfast and forgot to step on that scale! I am so used to not stepping on the scale that I totally forgot. I guess this proved that I am more then a number. Also, it proved that I am less stressed out due to my weight. I weighed myself later that day but it was at my gyms scale. It said I gained a pound. Then when I came home after my work out it said I gained two pounds. So either I gained a pound in the month or I stayed the same. I am really not upset by this because I know Thanksgiving happened but also I notice a difference with my body. My arms and stomach look different to me. I have been trying all these new classes at my gym that I am never bored. Tomorrow I am going to get my butt kicked by my trainer. I hope he gives me a cool new work out routine to try. Right now i feel like I am in a good place. I feel like sculpting my body is the way to go.

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This semester is coming to a close..THANK GOD! This semester went by so quickly but was pretty crazy. Going to school three days a week was rough. Also, writing a response paper all the time was so not cool. My goal is not to snack/over eat due to stress with school. I am going to try very hard to be good leading up to the end. I will not wait until the last minute to write my papers. I am almost done one. I have another to start. Also, my thesis proposal which seems like will never happen due to conflicts with the professors.  Speaking of that..I literally just sent an email to the head of the thesis writing due to this sentence.

Keep_Calm_Its_Christmas With all this stress of graduate work, Christmas is literally around the corner as well! So much stress but fun. I have purchased most of my gifts due to Black Friday but I still need to buy a couple of more things. The junk food during this holiday season is crazy too. I have to bake something for a cookie swap at a graduate school event. I also want to bake cup cakes for my first graders I watch during lunch. Lots of treats! Then who knows what else to follow. I am training hard for this holiday season because for Christmas and NYE..it is me not caring. I want to live! Well, enough with my rambling. I need to finish homework.

-Jackie

 

December Fitness

workingout Everyone always seems to ask me what do I do for work outs. I love working out and I love to try new things. I thought since I joined a new gym I should start something new. This is my fitness schedule for December. It is a rough draft because things do come up and thing can change but I felt it was kind of cool to schedule certain things. Classes are set because of time but if you notice it will say weight training or cardio. I am not sure what I will do during those days but I figure I would focus on one or the other. So I plan to do a schedule like this every month. I think a schedule will really motivate me to keep going. I think it will make me feel like I need to be somewhere. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! I am doing a boot camp class tomorrow! Wish me luck. =D

-Jackie

 

Gobble Gobble..Stop Worrying!!! How to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving

Keep Calm and GOBBLE On copy Sorry for being quiet but my graduate courses are killing me! Not only is the semester coming to a close but I am also trying to prepare for my thesis that starts next semester! AH!! Good thing Thanksgiving is this week! Now I have been getting some emails lately about what I should tell you all to do for Thanksgiving. How about enjoy it? 

 I know, the average person will consume over 4,500 on Thanksgiving. That is a lot! BUT..one day will not ruin your life style. People are always asking me, “What do you do?” or “What did you do last year?” My Mom cooked the meal and we ate! Yes, we do things a little differently such as fat free gravy or more veggies but last year I still ate turkey, mash potatoes and pie. I still also consumed some adult beverages as well. The idea of one day should not stress you out. You should enjoy the day with your family and then the next day go back to normal. People have high anxiety of the holidays but I think one day is not bad. I always complain about the summer because there are more BBQ and events. Thanksgiving is only one day. ENJOY IT!

 If you wish for some advice then here is what I will say:

1.) Do not pile things onto your plate.

2.) Do not drown your food in gravy or butter

3.) Try to plan your plate accordingly. You should have more veggies on your plate and some protein/crabs.

4.) If you wish to go for seconds..Pick two/three things you loved and eat them. Why make a whole plate again? If you loved that turkey then have some more. If you loved Grandmom’s corn bread then go ahead. Do not pile everything on again.

5.) Drink water. If you wish to have adult beverages that is fine but drink water during the meal. Also, coffee or tea is great if offered.

6.) Small piece of dessert. Do not do seconds.

8.) Try to work out before your big meal. I know I am going to the gym before dinner and you should too!

9.) Still eat before dinner. You do not want to go starving. It will make you eat more.

10.) Eat slowly. Take small bites. It will fill you up faster.

Enjoy the day!!! Just enjoy being with your family and be happy to even be alive. One day will not ruin everything. Get back on track on Friday. I promise it will be okay!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

-Jackie