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

Transformatiom Tuesday: Work Edition

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If you do not know me, I work in a elementary school. In that school O work in a special needs room. My job is very physical. A lot of running, crawling, and lifting. When I started this job I could not do what I can do today. My physical ability was not there. I find it truly amazing that I changed this.
The interesting thing is when I started this job in 2010, I lost 20 lbs. 80 lbs later things have changed. I worked so hard to make myself a better and healthier person.

-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

Transformation Tuesday: Friends Edition

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I wanted to bring up how awesome my friend Allie is. I visited her over the weekend and she has done an amazing job on losing weight. She looks great!
Allie is now my motivation and inspiration because now I am struggling to lose weight and workout. When I see what Allie is up to..it keeps me keep on going. Congrats, Allie!! You are awesome!

-Jackie

A Difference Four Years Make

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I renewed my drivers licenses today. Here I am 80 lbs lighter..different hair cut..no glasses. When I am hard on myself for not accomplishing anything for the week, I need to look at the big picture. Look how much I have accomplished over all. This is why I do transformation posts like this. It helps me to keep going.

This week I lost a pound. I am happy about this. The holidays are coming up and I am nervous about it. I also started to work out again at the gym. I can not get up from sitting for a long period of time. My squaring ability is gone. It will come back..just need patience.

I am excited by my new drivers license and by getting back on track.

-Jackie

Newly Revised November

It is a new month! Halloween is over. I was a purple crayon at work. I had a doughnut and cupcake..and some candy. Bad choices all around!

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So it is November. I am calling this newly revised November. I say this because it is crunch time for my master’s thesis. I still have to write my conclusion and tweak my theoretical section and then revise. Lots and lots of revising is in my future for this month.

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Not only is my master’s thesis apart of newly revised November but so is my weight losing plan. I really did not keep on track. I did not follow Weight Watchers: Simple Plan. I was lacking due to my stress at both jobs and my studies. Here are my plans to keep on track this November.

1.) Go to the gym!!
It maybe shocking to know but I have not been to the gym all month. With my jobs, going to school, and being ill..I have not gone to the gym. This month I will get back on track with my spin and insanity classes.

2.) Bye Bye Pumpkin Spice!!

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I was addicted to Pumpkin Spice at Wawa. I never go into Wawa either. This Pumpkin Spice tasted like I was drinking a pumpkin pie. It was awesome..but since I was in Wawa, I thought it would be awesome to get a tuna hoagie or candy. So goodbye pumpkin spice and goodbye Wawa for that matter. I am not going to you unless I need gas.

3.) Staying with Weight Watchers: Simple Plan.
I started off strong with this but I started to find out I was eating the same things over and over again. I did not have time to actually cook something. I know that is a lame reason but it was true. I would come home from work at 3:45-4 and then have to leave for my second job at 5. So since the haunt is over I am going to follow this plan more.

4.) Keep my hands busy.

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I learned how to crochet and I find if I keep my hands busy I do not want to sit around and snack all the time. So I am going to sit around during my off time with my thesis and make Christmas gifts for everyone.

5.) Keep my self confidence and esteem up
This month has been a little rough with this. Most people do not know but I have been battling with this all month. I get diacourage easily and I do not like to fail.
I feel this way with a lot of things and not just with my weight. I feel this way when I could not scare someone at work, I can not master a crochet stitch, or I call out of work because I feel ill. It is just how I feel.
I am going to try and stop feeling this way. I am a strong person. I know I can do this..I just need to work harder.

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-Jackie