Saturday, November 26, 2011

Are You Waiting til January 1st?

So tell me, those of you who are "off plan" right now. Are you going to start again tomorrow, or Monday? Or are you thinking, "there's no use in starting now with all the Christmas baking/parties/meals coming up. May as well wait and start on January 1st."

Really. Tell me. Post anonymously if you like. I think a lot of you know what I mean. And by "off plan" I mean if you are not sticking to whatever eating plan you are using to lose weight, whether it be calorie counting, eating clean, low carb, Weight Watchers, whatever. Thanksgiving is one of those tough days for many of us to stick to our guns and turn down whatever foods or portions we have deemed not beneficial to weight loss. I know some folks just eat whatever they want within reason that day. And some incorporate it into their "lifestyle change." But I am talking to those of you who want to lose weight, want to follow a certain plan to get there, but find yourself not doing it right now... whether it be because you ate too much at Thanksgiving or because you just slipped up and had a bunch of cookies last week. So today, right now, you are not eating the way you think you should to reach your goals.

What are you going to do? Wait until New Years and then jump in with both feet? Or do it right now and power through the holidays? Do you think you will weigh more on January 1st than you do today? Or less?

36 comments:

lisa~sunshine said...

Funny you should post this because it's exactly what I have been thinking.. Just finished Thanksgiving.. my daughters birthday is Dec 6th.. mine is Dec 10th.. then Christmas.. Last year I gained during this time.. so Today.. I'm on plan with a goal to be One pound less than I weigh today.. It's VERY achievable.. and it allows me to celebrate as well.. I know I can do this..

SO Lynn.. you didn't say.. how was your Thanksiving? DId you stay on your plan? What are you doing? Are you waiting until January 1st?

lisa~sunshine said...

I mean my goal is to be a pound less by January 1st.. this way I still have to work at it.. and the scale is a scary thing for me because it's not moved very well this year..

Anonymous said...

I'm actually planning on starting Medifast before the holidays. I'm talking to my health coach on Monday and putting in an order then.

Jo said...

I will not gain. Starting with Thanksgiving, I reduced my portions so that I can see the plate between each different food. And no seconds.

PaulaMP said...

I definitely ate what I wanted on Thanksgiving, including pie. I don't intend to go off plan again until Christmas dinner if possible. Still exercising like usual.

Leigh C. said...

Hi there, I am on plan right now and have no intention of going off plan for the holidays. I survived Thanksgiving and several banquet events while staying on plan. I know I can continue to do this and not use the holidays as an excuse to eat whatever I want. I need to do this because I'll need to really be careful for the rest of my life. Thanks for listening:)

Bee said...

I'm starting today!! I want to lose my extra weight and get in shape before the holidays!

liz said...

I'm struggling with that exact question. I want to eat(lots) like I use to and whatever I feel like eating. I know if I choose that route I will be up the 15 lbs I just lost. I'm going to stick with WW and try and do my best.

Diana said...

I started today by rejoining Weight Watchers! And I'm super excited. I just feel like it's the right time to get back to being 100% accountable and lose some weight before 2012.

The last thing I want to do is maintain or gain before 2012. Now is the time for all good men and women...to lose weight!

The Swan in.me said...

Very, very good post today Lynn!

I sent off plan for T-day only and immediately got back on plan Friday. I really expected sugar cravings to set in but I had none. Yeah!! My switch is "on" as you would say so right now I am doing well.

Dawn said...

This time last year I wanted to diet but thought the holiday wasn't a good time and waited until 1st January. It seemed for a couple of weeks it was food, food and more food and in the end I couldn't bear it and I couldn't wait for the 1st a minute longer and started my diet on 31st December and I'm still working hard.
When you start, what it is that gets you to face where you were and take you to where you need to be doesn't matter. It doesn't matter, what matters is that you start.
Just start.
We are all supporting each other since we did that and together we can succeed

Anonymous said...

Sadly - I am off plan at the moment. If I don't get back on I will definitely weigh more by Jan. 1. So it's clean out the leftover "goodies" and get back on plan Monday morning for me!

LHA said...

What an interesting post/question and so many interesting answers. For me, the worst thing I could do is to restrict my eating too much at holiday time (or any time really). Sadly, that always leads to overeating eventually. Like some other commenters, I follow not so much a plan as an eating style. After many years of "on or off plan eating", I am actually not thinking so much about food as I once did. It has been a really amazing revelation to me that this particular way of living my life (free of food phobias, fears and obsessions) could actually lead to weight loss! I lost two pounds in the past week, which included Thanksgiving Day, so I would assume I will continue to lose through the holidays. I hope everyone has success, in whatever way you want to define it, throughout these next few weeks.

TNTriathlete said...

Anonymous, why start Monday morning? What's wrong with tomorrow morning? Or right now?

Claire said...

I've been "off plan" since June. :( Trying to find my mojo, but I don't think it will be at the New Year. I want to start sooner rather than later; my health is at stake.

Bonnie said...

I am working on permanent change with REAL food in reasonable portions and daily exercise so if that's a plan I'm on plan, though I prefer to call it my life. This is how I want to live.

Taryl said...

Oh, I do it immediately. I was off plan on Thanksgiving and the day before with intent, and then off plan accidentally on the day after. Today I started my very first meal (the very next one after my off plan evening) on plan and continued throughout today. I ate a little extra icecream tonight than I was planning and yet still have a calorie deficit.

Every day I can begin again and often do. Usually the very next meal (if I have an off plan lunch, I'll try to get back on track with healthy eating at dinner). Taking a week or two off doesn't work for me, I gain like crazy. If I continually watch myself and keep on logging, measuring, and weighing, I might hold steady or gain a pound or two, but nothing like I would if I let myself go.

Amy said...

Are you reading my mind? I don't keep up with my blogs very well anymore, but the past couple times I've seen yours they really were speaking about what I'm thinking or going through! Crazy! But to answer the question - I'm waiting for New Years. I'm trying not to purposely ruin myself in the meantime... but I don't have the time to organize my routines and my food- especially when I'm not super motivated.

Spaghetti Cat said...

Well I have been pretty off plan lately, but I suppose its been a few months. It seems most times i try to "JUMP" in with both feet, I end up passing out because I go way too hard. However that post of yours from a year ago, saying how many days, I am worth % effort got me thinking.
I cant afford to get back on medifast but I do have fond memories of low carb, especially the hot chocolate, so last night I went ahead and ordered some low carb hot chocolate and also some Quest bars (have you heard of them? I think the are as expensive as medifast but they are mostly whole foods so I am happier with that)
No i dont plan on going 100% low carb for the next month, but I do plan on weighing less on Jan 1st then I do today.
Who knows maybe when I get it,I will decide to be super strict on low carb, but I am blending some atkins and premade stuff and see where it takes me. :)

jmaret said...

I'm staying op, it hasn't been easy and I'm sure it will get harder as the holidays come and go! My motivation is , My company is getting ready to do HUGE lay offs, I will probably be one of the ones that goes. So I have gotten enough mf food from E-bay and other places to get me through Jan. 1st then I will probably have to leave mf due to costs.

Diandra said...

The last four or so months, I have been at the same weight despite trying to lose some more. At least I hope to maintain this over the holidays. Losing more would be great, but... well, I don't want to set myself up for disappointment and failure.

I am counting calories and trying to make healthier choices with every meal - lots of vegetables and fruit, wholegrain stuff, healthy fats - plus I have promised myself to move at least 30min every day, be it an additional walk or some running or yoga or strenght training. I do not want to be an athlete, I just want to move, so there is no need for a real training plan (although I may try to stick to one come spring).

I am experimenting a lot with healthier baking and snacking recipes to find a good compromise between enjoying some special holiday treats and staying within my caloric limits. The best discovery I made on my journey, so far, is that I do not have to EAT EVERYTHING NOW, I can take one piece and put the rest away, and it will still be there later if I decide to return. Or tomorrow, or the day after. (Can you tell I come from a poor "Whoever eats fastest has the best chances of not leaving hungry" family?)

For anyone looking for healthier enjoyable recipes, I really recommend
http://www.skinnytaste.com/
and
http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

Anonymous said...

if we all waited till jan 1 that is like 10-15 pounds we could have off instead of 10 on...why wait, why does jan 1 have such meaning for starting a new life...its about now...

K. said...

I will DEFINITELY weigh less on Jan 1st than I do right now. We had two Thanksgiving dinners and a few extra meals with family that I thought were going to cause me more problems than they did. I haven't had time to workout this last week, but tomorrow I will be right back in there busting butt! No putting it off for me!

Anonymous said...

Good post. Unfortunatly, my answer is: I have no plan. And I feel so angry, sad,desperate and impotent because I lost the battle. That´s a fact.I can my weight is going to be the same by January 1st (my 43 birthday). Marina from Buenos Aires.

Anonymous said...

I was out of town for the week of Thanksgiving. Did my best to eat well and exercise...but still ended up gaining 2.5 pounds. I'm hoping some of that is water retention (it's also PMS week). However, when I think of all the healthy choices I made (using the hotel treadmill, bringing hard boiled eggs for breakfast so I wouldn't have to deal with the high carb hotel continental fare) I'm a bit disappointed. No, I didn't always make the best of choices...I shared a slice of Paula Deen key lime pie with my husband and it was delicious and not something I'm going to have at home. But hopefully, this low-carb eating plan is the change, not until I lose 20 more pounds. I've lost 90 pounds, my biggest consideration right now is to not go back to old eating habits. So, while I indulged in a few tasty treats for Thanksgiving, I also turned down bread, potatoes and the stuffing that I thought wouldn't leave me feeling deprived. Today, it's back to eating like everyday and will be until Christmas week. I'm sure then, there will be some special treats for the special week. However, we'll be home, so I'm planning ahead for some low-carb/low-sugar treats.

Anonymous said...

I have decided that this year I was going to stay on plan through these holidays. I am NOT going to gain more weight if I can help it. I'm determined to not think of all these holidays as food holidays. I'm going to enjoy the company...the presents...the music...the decorations. I'm going to enjoy all the other things going on during this time instead of concentrating on the food. Its only food and I can have any of that food any other time of the year...its not going to be my priority.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that barely anyone admitted that they are struggling and off plan. If everyone really was sticking to plan, I'd expect to see much thinner people in everyday life, because eating is no biggie and easily controlled. Hmm. Just my opinion.

Amy @ Findingfitme said...

My plan is to weigh less on Jan 1. About 5 to 10 pounds less. I am training for a half marathon at the end of Jan, I better be 5 pounds less by Jan 1.

I feel the holidays are not an excuse to eat without control. If you make the holidays an excuse you can always find excuses in everything. Life is full of excuses so make eating healthy and exercising a regular part of your life. On the other hand I am not opposed to a slice of pie, etc. Just be sensible and don’t overdo. It is easy to spiral out of control.

Why does food have to be the thing to make a holiday enjoyable?

Amy @ http://findingfitme.blogspot.com/

Bzybee said...

I have worked too hard to stop and it is too hard to drop each pound to just go off plan and see those pounds I have lost come back.

I am 7lbs from 50 and will continue to work hard right through Christmas.

Amy @ Findingfitme said...

PS - I expanded on my comment with a post of my own here http://findingfitme.blogspot.com/. thank you for the inspiration.
Amy

Cathy said...

I reached a new low a couple weeks ago. Definitely had a setback this past week, but starting today with better eating. I figure for 3-4 weeks I can be cautious, and then Christmas week (which is also my birthday) I will let loose a little. I have lost and kept off 45+ lbs in a year and a half, and temporary setbacks don't rattle me.

N.R.E. said...

I'm determined to lose weight during the holidays. I've found that it helps to bring a dish, one that you know you can eat and enjoy. Your party host will appreciate you bringing a dish and it makes things easier for you! For instance, at Thanksgiving, my husband brought this apple zucchini orange mint salad that he makes. Everyone loved it and I had a yummy low cal dish to enjoy. Everyone won!

Toni said...

I have unfortunately been 'off plan' for awhile, thinking that I will just wait until that perfect time to start. But your post inspired me to think about starting before "that perfect time" actually gets here (if it ever does).

So I am starting fresh tomorrow (Monday)and I will be starting with a medically supervised detox program to give me a jump start.

Anonymous said...

Such a great post! I am not sure if I am really on-plan most of the time or just fooling myself. I realize I am lucky--I am only 10 pounds from goal, but the relatively small number less to lose gives me so many excuses when faced with treats and overeating. I am also a vegetarian, and fall into the, "I can't eat the entree so I get to have dessert," mindset, which isn't useful.

My main difficulty during the holidays are all the parties. I am a shy, anxious person at large parties, and tend to munch mindlessly on those snacks put out in bowls to keep my hands busy while I desperately try to think of things to say to people I don't know very well. Does anyone have any tips for that? I only drink water or diet soda at parties, so luckily too much alcohol isn't a problem....

Bonita Gordita said...

No, I'm not waiting. If I do, I'll hit 300 for sure.

Tammy said...

My eating has been OUT OF CONTROL the past month or so. Plus all the yummy goodies coming up..if I could just eat in MODERATION. But no, I can't eat just one cookie, I have to eat twelve! But I'm just trying to do the day to day thing. I REFUSE to weigh more on January 1st than I do now. So hopefully will be down some by then..or at least the same weight I am now.