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Thank you, Kristza! And Happy New Year! You sound very realistic in your assessment and your ability to manage.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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12/28/20 4:54 A

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Marsha, Maribeth, Suzy - congrats to your success, I'm happy for you!
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I did well most of the time, but ate more cookies than I had planned.
Still I'm glad I did this challenge, your posts helped me so much.
Without this, I would have gone off plan more often... or would have no plan at all.
Most of cookies, cakes and walnut rolls are now gone, and I think I can manage the leftovers : ) emoticon

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 12/28/2020 (04:56)
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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12/27/20 12:16 P

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I made some mistakes around this. But I forgave myself and got right back on track:) I am glad that others did well:)

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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emoticon emoticon I stuck to my meal plan for two days. DH was hiding one big cookie in the freezer for 4 days, I was surprised I did not find it and eat the whole thing. Christmas night we split the cookie and I skipped planned dessert of fruit and whipped cream. I realized it's normal to have food thoughts and not act on them. The walking every day in the winter wonderland of 5 - 12 degrees, does curb my appetite.
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Christmas eve and day were good - Saturday I strayed more from path.

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I did it!! Thank you. Pretty much I stuck to the plan.

I weighed 134.2 this morning, within my goal weight range of 130-135. That brings my current in goal streak to 10 days; I have been in range 23 of the past 25 days. There were a few unanticipated challenges including a gift box (huge) of ten kinds of dried fruits and lots and lots of nuts. I will deal with it. Once hubby gets what he wants out of the box right now I will put it out of sight. Will have to remind hubby to eat it, though, because he usually snacks on whatever he sees. there are still some calorie bombs in the fridge (pie, stuffing with butter) I'm not feeling tempted right now. Thanks so much for getting me to focus and plan this season. It really helped, especially since I have been bouncing around and over goal weight range all year.


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Hi Gail, you are welcome! sounds like a great plan.

24th December:
emoticon Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea - as always
emoticon Lunch: millet, red beans, salad, olive oil, a banana
emoticon Dinner: ham, 3 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 100 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll - didn't go well, ate one small cookie standing in the kitchen, and after that many more, and didn't eat the apple I had planned. Otherwise ate what was on my plan.

25th December: no festive meals due to pandemic
emoticon Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea
emoticon Lunch: 6 rice paper- soy-vegetable-sesame seed rolls (not fried), 30g sesame seeds, 60g pickled ginger, banana
emoticon Dinner: ham, 2 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 60 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll
emoticon I'm back on track!

26th December: my parents come over in the afternoon, dinner may be brought forward (it is not clear if they eat with us or we just chat wearing masks)
Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea
Lunch: brown rice, broccoli, 60g sesame seeds, soy sauce, banana
Dinner: ham, 2 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 60 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll

Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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12/24/20 11:05 A

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Thank you for doing this challenge, Kriszta.

December 24
Breakfast: blueberry/yogurt/bran muffin, 1 tsp. Margerine, 1 oz. cheese
Lunch: spinach/cheese omelette, whole wheat english muffin with hummus
Dinner: (French-Canadian tradition). Tourtiere, 1 small slice, cauliflower for me (mashed potatoes with gravy for Peter), 1 gingersnap cookie for me, Bouche-de-Noel for Peter
Snack: grapes, 1 cup nuts & bolts

December 25
Brunch: muffin, cheese
Mid-afternoon when youngest daughter, husband and granddaughter come over: 2 crackers, goat cheese with cranberries, shrimp and dip, 2 pieces puff pastry with cheese
Dinner: turkey, stuffing, carrots, broccoli, cranberries, 1/2 portion daughter’s Christmas pudding, 1 glass wine

December 26
Brunch: turkey sandwich with cranberries, mayonnaise, 2 cookies
Snacks: grapes, nuts & bolts, sherry
Dinner: left-overs... turkey, stuffing, broccoli

On the 27th, snacks and cookies will go out of sight. DH will get his own desserts and snacks and (hopefully) eat them when I’m not around.


Edited by: MARITIMER3 at: 12/24/2020 (11:05)
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12/24/20 3:46 A

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Great plans!
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@WHITE-GREEN that ice cream sounds challenging, I wish you success in managing the situation!

My challenge is milk bread and walnut/poppy seed rolls, not to mention the cookies my (adult) children insist on baking.
I told them in advance that I'm not eating cookies this Christmas, they responded they didn't care, they will bake anyway - so, it is up to them to eat or give away leftovers.
The milk bread and the rolls come in whole wheat and no-sugar versions too, and I put small amounts on my plan.

24th December:
emoticon Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea - as always
Lunch: millet, red beans, salad, olive oil, a banana
Dinner: ham, 3 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 100 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll (son and his girlfriend come over)

25th December: no festive meals due to pandemic
Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea
Lunch: 6 rice paper- soy-vegetable-sesame seed rolls (not fried), 30g sesame seeds, 60g pickled ginger, banana
Dinner: ham, 2 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 60 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll

26th December: my parents come over in the afternoon, dinner may be brought forward (it is not clear if they eat with us or we just chat wearing masks)
Breakfast: oats, sunflower seeds, oranges, green tea
Lunch: brown rice, broccoli, 60g sesame seeds, soy sauce, banana
Dinner: ham, 2 halves of devilled eggs, corn, vegetables, 1 apple, 60 g milk bread, 2 small slices of walnut/poppy seed roll

I'll read my Advantages Response Card every morning, and I commit to not eat anything while preparing, serving food or while cleaning up. No, no, no... I will eat everything sitting down, slowly, enjoying every bite.
Decide about drinking: normally I don't drink, only very small amounts at festive meals, but even that can derail my plans. I'll drink one small glass of wine or champagne at the two meals when we have guests.

Good luck to everyone in this challenge, and to all Sparkers in the team,
let's enjoy every bite of delicious food fully!
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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12/22/20 4:55 P

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Thank you for creating this challenge, Kriszta!

My food plan for Christmas:

December 25:
Usual breakfast (1 oz nuts, 1 oz oats, 4 oz soy yoghurt and 4 oz fruit).
Usual lunch (10 oz vegetables among which leafy greens and some onion, herbs, 1 Ts vegan mayonaise, 6 oz beans or other vegetarian protein, 2 oz fruit)
Snack: 4 oz soy yoghurt, 2 oz fruit, carrot or other vegetable
Dinner: baked potatoes, cauliflower and sauce 2-3 spoons, vegetarian burger, 3 oz soy yoghurt with blended frozen banana & some fruit for decoration

December 26th:
Breakfast: A banana-carrot muffin (one serving)
Usual lunch, see above.
Snack: 4 oz soy yoghurt, 2 oz fruit, carrot or other vegetable
Dinner: omelette of 2 eggs with mushrooms and onion, salad with herbs and dressing, roasted potatoes. Same dessert as the day before.

December 27th: food plan as usual.

We are not going out nor will we have visitors so that means no big surprises and unexpected eating situations.

I am however facing one challenge and that is that the delivery boy from the supermarket mixed up the groceries so now we ended up with TWO huge boxes with luxury ice cream. And here I was, feeling so pleased that this year there was not going to be any sugary treats in the house!!
My husband feels tempted to keep those treats but I hope we will give them away tomorrow.

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12/22/20 8:49 A

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Happy Holidays Everyone
Keeping it simple, taking the focus off food and on fun. The weather is great for walking, it's cold but I bundle-up. So many Christmas lights in the neighborhood. There are light displays around a lake with a mile walking trail.

Buying food today and plans for 3 days (Dec. 24-26) will be the same Green vegs and lean protein. I'll come back and post any variations. This year I have a rosemary tree emoticon I decorated for holidays. I want to find recipes for roasting Brussel sprouts, walnuts with herbs and fresh rosemary.

Plan and monitor every evening: 2 meals / day for 3 days - each meal:
2c. Baby greens, 1 avocado, 1 egg or 2 ounces wild caught sardines
Spray evoo/vinegar mix: herbs parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme and/or chives
Cabbage and saurkraut in chicken stock soup
Tbsp. almond slivers or T. sunflower seeds
T. coconut flakes with 1 square 100% cacao or T cacao nibs

Drinks: Water tracking 6-8 cups
This is extra: coffee, Matcha tea, & hot water cinnamon & ginger

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12/21/20 11:37 A

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Hi Marsha,
thanks for joining, I love how you handle the punch/seven up.
Your post reminds me that I will have tons of leftovers as well, so I need to build my strategy around that. My family will not travel, so at least I can send leftovers home with them!
I hope your DD tests negative.

My one and only real Christmas meal will be on 24th, with daughter, son and his girlfriend.
We meet my parents but no meals only exchange of food, especially cakes and cookies.
MIL will not come, as she is at high risk, so we communicate by exchange of food and on Teams.
Very weird

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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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12/20/20 8:21 A

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Thanks, Kriszta.

Yes, my challenge will be the meal on the 24th with my 2 granddaughters and DD & DSIL. (That will happen if my DD's covid test comes back negative.) The kids want to make several items and have asked me to buy strawberries, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon which I hope I can find this season. All of that looks okay for me, but I just have to watch portion. They asked for whipped cream, too. They want to make punch too, and want sherbet, pineapple juice, and 7-up. I plan to make a big deal about one sip and go on to other things.

One plate sounds like a good plan with plenty of veggies. I don't particularly enjoy rolls, so I'll skip them but I will have about a third of a cup of dressing and a couple tablespoons of gravy. I really like turkey breast, so reasonable portion of that. Don't really need mashed potatoes. I plan to skip dessert, but there will be fruit and I'll make sure the kids leave me some without sugar or whip cream. I do plan to have one piece of chocolate candy that my piano teacher gave to me.

My daughter and family are leaving for a two week trip right after our meal, so I can't send leftovers home with them. Probably can send the box of chocolates with them after I get one for me. I might be able to take some to my nephew. We'll see. My hubby has wanted me to avoid seeing him due to covid (he drives an ambulance and has had covid and been quarantined 3 times) so we'll see. Leftovers are usually more of a problem than the meal. We do have a single male neighbor who might appreciate some leftovers.

I will wait to make a plan for eating on Christmas Day and the following days depending on what I have leftover. I often freeze things we can use later in moderation. I will make this work and do my best to enjoy while remaining within my goal weight range!

Edited by: SLENDERELLA61 at: 12/20/2020 (08:23)

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Hi Team Members,

this challenge is about enjoying Christmas meals fully, without negative feelings at bedtime or the next morning.

Assignments:
-write a food plan on 23rd December for the next three days
-if you don't know what exactly you will eat, estimate
-whatever fancy food you wish to eat, put that on your plan too
-follow your plan on 24th and 25th and 26th December, monitor in writing
-use your Beck skills to stay on track, wherever you are in the program (eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite... plan and monitor eating in writing ... respond to sabotaging thoughts)

Share your plans and results on this challenge thread!

Eating at parties or in the home of friends or family members means uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!
For such events I find it helpful to decide upfront that I will have one plate of food, half of that will be vegetables, no seconds, and that I'll have 1 small cookie.
Good luck to finding out what works best for you!

I wish you all a merry Christmas,
may we all spend these days in safety, peace and kindness!

Hugs, Kriszta

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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Kriszta,
Thanks for your ongoing support! I honestly don't think I would have been able to resist yesterday if I hadn't been able to have a quick nap! Weighed myself this morning, 157.7; down 1/2 lb. from December 23.

Lots to do today as my daughter from Amsterdam arrives tomorrow morning for a 3-day visit.

I hope you have a very happy New Year. Your support and leadership in the BDS helps so many people. It took me 3 times on your twice-yearly reread to make the programme "stick".

Hugs,
Gail

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Hi Gail, congratulations to sticking to your food plan during Christmas celebrations!
I enjoyed reading your updates, and I'm so happy to read the festive food environment and people eating things not on your plan did not affect you.
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I'm sure you felt a lot better than I did yesterday after going off plan, suffering food coma and drowsiness.. but I'm back on track and feeling better already : )

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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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12/24/19 4:01 A

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Hi Gail, I'm sorry I'm late posting my plan, but here i it is! : )

24th December:
B: oats, flax seed, walnuts, cinnamon, oranges emoticon
L: healthiest sandwich and salad available at the water park we go to with sister and her family emoticon
D: 6 halves deviled eggs,lots of vegetables, corn, 1 slice of walnut roll, 1 apple - meh, this did not go well...on top of my plan I ate more cookies emoticon
but it was a very nice evening with family

25th December:
B: oats, flax seed, walnuts, cinnamon, oranges emoticon
L: bulgur, lentils, tomatoes, banana emoticon
D: 6 halves deviled eggs,lots of vegetables, corn, 1 slice of walnut roll, 1 apple emoticon

26th December:
B: oats, flax seed, walnuts, cinnamon, oranges emoticon
L: Hungarian cabbage rolls, vegetarian version, sour cream, rye bread, banana
>> I ate my planned lunch BUT I went off plan in many ways, due to emotional (social stress) eating. There was conflict in my extended family, and I ended up hosting a Christmas lunch in the last minute... suffice to say, I snacked before and after lunch, then suffered from drowsiness of food coma.
D: 6 halves deviled eggs,lots of vegetables, corn, 1 slice of walnut roll, 1 apple.
>> I felt stuffed at dinner time, so didn't eat. Later I ate an apple and a banana... and even later 3 cookies.
In brief: it didn't go well, but it went a LOT better than my before-Beck Christmas eating used to be. Today I'm so glad to return to my healthy routine!
I'll check with husband what he plans to eat from the remaining cookies, and give away the rest.

Merry Christmas!
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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 12/27/2019 (05:13)
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Plans for December 24, 25, 26, 2019:

Tuesday, December 24
- Breakfast: toasted whole wheat english muffin with 1 tsp. butter. 1 egg cooked in 1 tsp olive oil. Slivers of extra-old cheddar cheese, 1 cup 1% milk.

---------- ATE AS PLANNED


- Lunch: 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1/3 cup bran buds, 1/2 cup blueberries, sprinkle of salted sunflower seeds

---------- ATE AS PLANNED

- Late Dinner (before church... tradition): small piece tortiere, peas, 1/2 small potato. Bouche de Noel - sliver, just for the taste.

————— FIRST 2 MEALS WERE EATEN LATE, DH AND I DID NOT WANT DINNER. HAD HARD-BOILED EGG AND 1/2 SLICE OF BOUCHE DE NOEL.

Snack if necessary - fibre one bar OR hard-boiled egg

————-MID-AFTERNOON ATE FIBRE ONE BAR.


Wednesday, December 25 (traditional):
- Breakfast at our daughter’s home: breakfast helper fritatta with ham, eggs, cheese

--------- ATE AS PLANNED AT SIOBHAN'S. ALSO HAD 1 GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AND ORANGE JUICE, 1 CUP COFFEE


- Lunch at our house - I will have either my yogurt/fruit/fibre meal above OR the egg/muffin/cheese option, depending on which I feel like, 1% milk

---------- BRUNCH WAS LATE, AND WE DID NOT FEELING LIKE EATING LUNCH.

- Afternoon: 2 small hors d'oeuvres, shrimp, club soda or diet ginger ale

---------- NO ONE WANTED HORS D'OEUVRES OR SHRIMP. PUT OUT CHEESES, CRACKERS, SWEETS. ATE 4 SMALL RICE CRACKERS, 1 OZ. CREAM CHEESE, DIET GINGER ALE

- Dinner: whole turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli, pickled beets... small portion of potatoes... 1/2 plate vegetables, small helping of daughter’s Christmas pudding with rum sauce, sparkling wine

---------- TURKEY, WHITE MEAT, STUFFING, MASHED POTATOES, CARROTS, BROCCOLI, PICKLED BEETS, 1/2 SERVING STEAMED CHRISTMAS PUDDING WITH 1/4 CUP CUSTARD, 4 OZ. SPARKLING WINE.

Snacks: we may play games before or after dinner, I will have 1 cup home-made nuts & bolts and sparkling water or club soda

---------- DID NOT PUT OUT NUTS AND BOLTS, RACED SLOT CARS AND TALKED. AFTER SIOBHAN & CHRIS WENT HOME, PETER AND I WATCHED TV. WANTED PROTEIN RATHER THAN SWEETS OR SNACKS, SO HAD ANOTHER SMALL SLICE OF TURKEY AND A HARD-BOILED EGG. DIET GINGER ALE.

Note: Lots of sweets, salted nuts, candy out at both Siobhan's and our place. I didn't eat any... simply didn't want them. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG, LONG TIME, I WAS NOT TRIGGERED TO EAT SIMPLY BECAUSE OTHERS WERE EATING.


Thursday, December 26:
- Breakfast: egg/muffin/cheese as above, 1% milk

........... FIBRE ONE BAR, 1% MILK.

- Lunch: turkey sandwich on whole wheat bun

.......... WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFIN, 1 TSP. MARGARINE, 1 EGG COOKED IN 1 TSP. OLIVE OIL, 1 TBSP BOURSIN CHEESE

.......... HAD TO TAKE MYSELF AWAY FROM FOOD IN AFTERNOON... TOO MANY TEMPTATIONS. HAD 20-MINUTE NAP.

- Dinner: left-overs... turkey, stuffing, vegetables, 1/2 cup candy cane ice cream, 2 shortbreads

.......... SANDWICH ON WHOLE WHEAT ENGLISH MUFFIN WITH 2 OZ. TURKEY, 1 SLICE STUFFING, CRANBERRY SAUCE, 2 SHORTBREAD COOKIES NEIGHBOURS BROUGHT OVER FOR US.

- Snack: yogurt/berries/bran buds/sunflower seeds

.......... SHRIMP FROM SHRIMP RING, DIET GINGERALE, 6 GOODTHIN CRACKERS, 2 DATES


That’s the plan. Will report back on actuals each day. My weight this morning was 158.2; will check daily, and report on December 27.

Edited by: MARITIMER3 at: 12/26/2019 (19:41)
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Sounds like your winter holidays will be peaceful, and easier on the eating front.
I'm trying to achieve this too!
Yes, the mixer is a lovely gift, but hard to make healthy dishes with it. Most foods are more nutritious and filling when eaten in their original form. Mashed potatoes are OK : )
Also, I read hummus is healthy, despite chickpeas in puree state, there is something with carbs in legumes that makes them super healthy.
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I have been watching a lot of British baking shows lately and they have these amazing recipes that they all make in their kitchen aid mixers …. Guess what my in laws bought me? Yep! My mom in law bought me a Kitchen aid mixer. it's gorgeous and I realize the only thing you can make in that is delicious fattening desserts! I guess you can make mashed potatoes in that too,..
still, tons of carbs. No one says I have to make anything in that …. hmm

We are not going to any parties or having any so this will be an easier year for the pressure of food pushers.

I will plan out a menu that has a good meal with lots of veggies and a small but beautiful Christmas dessert.

Thank you for the reminder



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Hi Team Members,

this challenge is about enjoying Christmas meals fully, without negative feelings at bedtime or the next morning.

Assignments:
-write a food plan on 23rd December for the next three days
-if you don't know what exactly you will eat, estimate
-whatever fancy food you wish to eat, put that on your plan too
-follow your plan on 24th and 25th and 26th December, monitor in writing
-use your Beck skills to stay on track, wherever you are in the program (eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite... plan and monitor eating in writing ... respond to sabotaging thoughts... create/review escape plans...)

Share your plans and results on this challenge thread!

Eating at parties or in the home of friends or family members means uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!
For such events I find it helpful to decide upfront that I will have one plate of food, half of that will be vegetables, no seconds, and amount of cake / cookies.
Good luck to finding out what works best for you!

My plan: I eat my usual meals, except the one family celebration per day, on 24 - 25- 26 December. I write detailed food plan for the next 4 days. I'll enjoy the one festive meal per day slowly, mindfully, and eat 1 cookie or 1 slice of walnut roll per day. Lots of vegetables!
I wish you all a merry Christmas,
may we all spend these days in peace and kindness!

Hugs, Kriszta

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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Thanks, Krszta, I'm feeling much better today. Today was the first time I dressed up and left the house after my tooth extraction. Today was also my first day of solid food. I chose mostly softer foods. Each day just gets better!
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Thank you for participating in this challenge with me!
I'm glad planning helped to make good choices.
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Marybeth, baked chicken and lots of lettuce sounds great - exactly what the body needs!

Nancy, that's a good plan, and it was smart of you to swap cookies for the bonbons you got from your husband.I hope you are healing well after tooth extraction.

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-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I wrote my plan, not knowing what would be for dinner on Christmas Eve, as we were going to friends' home. I brought a spinach salad, and filled my plate with that. - as well as other foods that I figured would be there. Christmas Day was pretty close to plan, although my husband gave me Rocky Mountain chocolates as a gift and I did eat some - in place of the cookies that I had planned to eat. Dec 26 was wisdom tooth extraction day. My initial instructions were that I could only have clear liquids, so thought that was all that I'd have. But my post op instructions allowed yogurt. I needed something in my stomach for the antibiotic and pain pill, so I ate yogurt for each meal to get my pills down. Due to the anesthetic, drinking was a little difficult til much later in the day.

All in all, while I didn't follow the plan exactly, it was much better than not having a plan at all.
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Christmas holidays were great! No snow and easy to visit friends around town. Already planning the same menu for 4 days of New Year's celebration meals (minor splurges that balance out).
emoticon Dec. 24 and 25 went as planned. Dec. 26th, Wed., we went shopping after our swim. Feeling tired and hungry I bought baked chicken on sale. I had chicken and spinach for my main meal. Next meal, 2 hours before bedtime: salad without the usual protein on top. Drank more water to improve digest of animal protein.

Best idea was buying 5 pounds of leafy greens to eat for 7 days. I'm doing this every week for a while. I stopped buying lettuce mixed greens with the romaine recalls. Sam’s has a new produce vendor and reassures us they are safe to eat. It’s good to eliminate some foods for a week or two. They taste better when I add them back!
Krista your Hungarian cabbage rolls sound delicious. emoticon identify and recover from Clean-up Crew Trap. Thanks for holiday meal planning on our our Beck team. emoticon

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...and soon after I posted about how well I have been doing,
I ate a few bites of cabbage rolls stuffing (to taste, more times than necessary)... then the last spoonful from the bottom of the pot, and a few bites of ham while cleaning up after dinner...
all of them standing up and quickly.
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So I made mistakes in the end, and it is funny to see it was NOT some super enticing food in festive environment, Just ordinary food in my kitchen.
Lots of credit to me for getting back on track immediately,
and also for correctly identifying the Clean Up Crew trap in the Beck Blue challenge.
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I stayed away from all the other steps, yay me!

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-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Thank you for joining, Pam, Mary and Maribeth!
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Pam, it is a good idea to refrain from trigger food, if it has caused struggles in the past ,it is probably better to stay away from it. Your plan sounds great!

Two of the 3 holiday meals are behind me, and I'm glad to report that I stayed on plan on both occasions. Again I found that it is easier to not eat the first one planned bite than the second and the rest, and I have't had any cravings nor strong desire to eat when my planned food was gone.
Tomorrow I cook traditional Hungarian cabbage rolls, a very delicious and enticing meal, but at least it is free from sugar and flour so I don't expect problems. Except crusty bread... I'M committed to stick to my plan.

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-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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This is such a good idea, Kriszta! Thank you for this timely support. My plan is for my regular, light meals for B & L, with special dinners on the 24th & 25th. For the 26th I'll make soup from left over turkey (and watch the portion size of the crusty bread served with it). And I'll get some vigorous exercise every day. And will drink lots of water.

It may seem silly, but my biggest victory this year is the decision to NOT make my nemesis: STUFFING (which I know from past experience I would eat to excess for days until it was gone). Even though it was my Mother's recipe and I've had it for Thanksgiving and Christmas all my life (tradition!), I will SKIP it this year! Not to be deprived, I'll make a delicious but healthy version of a sweet potato gratin. I love it, but I know I will have just one serving and be satisfied. And I can easily control the amount I make. Lots of veggies and lean turkey breast round out the meal. Very light but delicious desserts planned.

I track everything, and pre-tracked these Holiday meals. The planning ahead helped me realized how deadly "just a handful" of things like Peanut M&M's can be. We traditionally have them out in special serving dishes for the Holidays. This year a small number will be counted out for Christmas morning and the rest of the package will be put away.

...And I will continue to work on mindful eating of every meal, every snack, every bite. At least I know there will be wonderful flavors to savor!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Edited by: PMEYHAUS at: 12/24/2018 (10:03)
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I only just noticed this in spark mail. Great idea. Thanks Kriszta.
We have a quiet holiday planned. Fresh local fish tonight, Christmas Eve, with veggies. Tomorrow night we will have a little beef which we almost never eat but there is something about the memory of childhood holiday meals that seems appealing. And we will have lots of veggies. Wednesday will be leftovers. And breakfasts and lunches will be our usual menus of whole grain homemade bread, nut butters, veggie omelette.

Have a lovely healthy holiday, whatever you celebrate, filled with love and good cheer.

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Easy holiday meals again this year, I'm working and eating at home.
Keeping it simple
Bought food Friday and have to finish greens next 3 days (Dec. 24-26)
Plan and monitor every evening:
2 meals / day for 3 days - each meal:
2c. Baby greens, 1 avocado, 1 egg or 2 ounces wild caught sardines
Spray evoo/vinegar mix: herbs parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme and/or chives
Cabbage and saurkraut in chicken stock soup
Tbsp. almond slivers or T. sunflower seeds
T. coconut flakes with 1 square 100% cacao or T cacao nibs

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This is extra: coffee, Matcha tea, & hot water cinnamon & ginger



emoticon Krista emoticon emoticon holidays have "uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!" We may share a minor splurge while shopping but I aleady planned the nuts, coconut flakes and cacoa nibs at home.
Monday: Godiva G Cubes, Dark Chocolate Assortment 2 pieces, I was give 6 pieces but only ate 2 then tracked calories 80 carbs 9 gave the rest to DH (not worth-it)

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Thank you for joining, Nancy!
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Jeanne, your plan to enjoy one delicious main course sounds great!
Sounds like it is the smartest possible way to navigate Christmas time, avoiding food that doesn't agree with your body.

Now I have a plan of 2 routine meals and 1 celebration meal for 24, 25 and 26th December.
Written down, it is clear the celebration meals are at least 25% larger than the routine meals.
My routine meals have sustained me at my current weight in the past 4 years.
Without this plan, I could easily fool myself into eating second helpings and many cookies as if Christmas spirit magically removed calories from them.
Not this year!

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 12/23/2018 (04:21)
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-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I love this suggestion, Kristza. This worked for me at Thanksgiving. I'm going to do it again for Christmas.
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My plan is much like Kriszta's. I eat my usual meals, except the one family celebration Christmas day. There are no other celebratory meals or parties for me to contend with on the 24th or 26th of December. I continue routine, detailed nutrition tracking that's become habit over the past 5 years. I will not be eating desserts or drinking alcohol at all (because the ingredients in these foods pose the possibility of an inflammatory reaction at best or an anaphylaxis reaction at worst … not going there!). I will enjoy one main course with foods well tolerated by my body (which I will bring with me since I know everything on the planned menu will not be tolerated by my body … the hostess knows I will be doing this … I do not expect others to cook to accommodate the severe food restrictions I am under).

Also, I do not snack between meals and do not eat after dinner. So, there will be no hors d'oeuvres / appetizers before the celebratory meal.

December 23 will mark the 5-year anniversary of my foray into nutrition tracking. What a game changer for me!

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Hi Team Members,

this challenge is about enjoying Christmas meals fully, without negative feelings at bedtime or the next morning.

Assignments:
-write a food plan on 23rd December for the next three days
-if you don't know what exactly you will eat, estimate
-whatever fancy food you wish to eat, put that on your plan too
-follow your plan on 24th and 25th and 26th December, monitor in writing
-use your Beck skills to stay on track, wherever you are in the program (eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite... plan and monitor eating in writing ... respond to sabotaging thoughts... create/review escape plans...)

Share your plans and results on this challenge thread!

Eating at parties or in the home of friends or family members means uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!
For such events I find it helpful to decide upfront that I will have one plate of food, half of that will be vegetables, no seconds, and amount of cake / cookies.
Good luck to finding out what works best for you!

My plan: I eat my usual meals, except the one family celebration per day, on 24 - 25- 26 December. I write detailed food plan for the next 4 days, and I decided to not eat cookies at all, just enjoy one main course with lots of vegetables. That is still plenty!

I wish you all a merry Christmas,
may we all spend these days in peace and kindness!

Hugs, Kriszta

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Thanks Krista, I'm feeling fine Thursday. I get puffy eyes with salt. I lowered my intake of salt and found I don't need much. That's wonderful news, your children are eating more vegs & fruits. I have doubled veggies but limit fruit to frozen berries or green bananas for resistant starch. I can have 1/2 avacado / day that counts as healthy fat.
Holidays are getting to be regular eating days! Thanks for the challenge emoticon

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So, how did I comply with my Christmas food plan?
Fairly well and I deserve credit for many things.

The 2 usual meals per day went well, and I ate between meals only once (1/3 leftover cookie).
At the 1 special meal per day I ate what was on my plan plus 2-2 cookies on 24, 25 and 26th.
Of course the special meals were 20-25% larger than normal, and probably 200% extra salt,
so my weight is up 2-3 pounds (mostly salt and water, as my eyes are very puffy) and will go down after a few routine days.
I still feel heavy and low on energy, but feeling better every day.
I'm glad to be back to normal!
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It is funny to see how my son and daughter crave vegetable and fruits now - good for them! ; )


I consider this a succes


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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Wow, great job!
Planning makes it more manageable and reasonable : )
Take care in those chilly winds, get well soon!
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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Planning was Key! Actully ate less - being accountable. Having a head cold decreased my appetite & retaining fluids (weight same). That's terriffic! Weather is a deep freeze way bellow Zero & wind chill -26. Drank more water. Beck books ready for emoticon 2018. I'm going to do another round to practice writing down foods. To Buy & Eat!

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24th December went well, stuck to my plan, not 100% but still it helped me.
here is my blog about it:
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25th December: so far so good, I stuck to my plan almost completely,
with only 1 extra cookie after lunch.
Dinner I'll have to swap due to unforeseen invitation to friends,
but I have a good alternative, right amount of food, low on fat and salt.

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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Great plan, Elaine, thank you for sharing!
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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I haven't been in SP for two days because I neglected to make time. Daughter is here for Christmas when the family gets together for the traditional Christmas eve dinner (Slovak).

December 24th - Breakfast the same as usual, rice chex, almond milk, 1/2 banana, green decaf tea. Lunch - turkey breast on fajjta size tortilla, lettuce, tomato and onion slices, balsamic dressing. Dinner - cup mushroom/sauerkraut soup, one of each - perogie, fish fillet, hush puppy, 1/2 cup cole slaw, v. small slice cheesecake, decaf coffee

December 25th - Breakfast same as usual, cheerios, almond milk, 1/2 banana, green decaf tea. Lunch - baked ham sandwich on a mini kaiser with lettuce, mustard, tomato and onion slice, diet cola. Dinner - cup of beef broth, 1/2 cup potato salad, 1 cup broccoli, baked ham,
v sm slice cheesecake, decaf coffee

That's it for now.
Merry Christmas to all.

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Great plans, Suzy and Maribeth!
Realistic and doable, but still allowing some special treats.
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I plan something similar, eating normally except the 1 Special Meal per day,
the other 2 meals will be my usual food, and I will not eat between meals.

Dinner on 24th (at home with family)
1 slice of ham, 1 devilled egg, lots of vegetables, 2 bread rolls, 2 small cookies, 1 glass of wine

Lunch on 25th (at my mom and dad's house)
1 fried turkey roll (mom's specialty), cabbage, potatoes, apple chutney (daughter's specialty), vegetables, 2 small cookies (and I'm driving)

Dinner or lunch (at home with different part of family)
same as on 24th
This allows me to eat all my favorites, without overeating, hopefully!
I remember last Christmas when I ate extra 1000 calories worth of cookies because I didn't pay attention ; )

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I am not celebrating Christmas, but I do have some challenges coming up this week. On the 24th and 25th, I'll be out-of-town. Not exactly traveling, but staying in my daughter's empty apartment in a neighborhood where I don't know the details of the food options.

So here' my plan - Breakfast and lunch on the 24th will be normal. On the 24th, I will also buy (or bring from home) breakfast food for the next two days.

I'll eat dinner out on the 24th and plan to have small servings of foods in my normal groupings - protein, carbs/fiber, and veg. Plus, since it's a special meal, I'll have one drink and one additional small serving of food.

25th - Breakfast (no problem - since I will have provided supplies). Either lunch or dinner will be a restaurant meal - same as the 24th, but with only one "extra" (either a drink, or one additional small serving). The other meal will be on my basic plan. This plan leaves calories for two snacks during the day - which will be either 30 almonds or something along the lines of a Kind bar.

Important both days to build in physical activity . The 24th will not be hard. Walking will be fine. The 25th is a little harder since it is a running day. This just requires discipline to get out of the house in the am and DO IT!





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***Update*** Sat. am woke-up stuffy head will switch to soup same vegs already to go.
Easy Holiday this year DH is out of town, I'm working and eat at home.
Kept it simple, bought food today... Most important to monitor everyday!
2 Meals / day Sat. Sun. Mon. same foods 1/2 am & 1/2pm
Big salad 1 raw avacado, 1 HB egg or 2 ounces wild caught sardines
1 pound raw mixed leafy greens spray oil mix: MCT, coconut, olive, avocado & herbs
1 pound of cooked broccoli cauliflower carrots with oil spray

Eve. treat: Fresh Blueberries, coconut flakes & 2 squares 100% cacoa

Drinks: Water tracking 6-8 cups
This is extra: coffee, green tea, & hot water cinnamon & ginger
BLC gave up cream in coffee for 5 days/week off 2 days
Sun. & Mon. may have special coffee with MCT oil

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Christmas is almost here - tomorrow is the time for us to plan meals the next 3 days. Any plan is better than no plan at all. I'll plan one special meal and 2-2 small cookies for each day. for myself.

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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First Day of Winter & writing down food related activity. Shopping early Thurs. & Fri. to avoid samples. DU is visiting his family in India. Meals when I am hungry. Same Sat. Sun. Mon. emoticon am. DGL=Dark Green Leafy with oil mix (coconut, Evoo)

Thurs. emoticon Did not avoid samples! Chocolate Pecans & coffee beans made me sick! I have got to stop going to bulk section. Will work on this! emoticon
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I'm so glad you joined!

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Count me in.
And K's suggestion that we plan on the foods we want to eat first just helped me with a dilemma about what to make for a pot luck tonight.

I realized I am craving veggies and I am going to make a big pan of seasoned roasted root veggies.

I will be all set no matter what others bring.
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Hi Team Members,

this challenge is about enjoying Christmas meals fully, without negative feelings at bedtime or the next morning.

Assignments:
-write a food plan on 23rd December for the next three days
-if you don't know what exactly you will eat, estimate
-whatever fancy food you wish to eat, put that on your plan too
-follow your plan on 24th and 25th and 26th December, monitor in writing
-use your Beck skills to stay on track, wherever you are in the program (eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite... plan and monitor eating in writing ... respond to sabotaging thoughts)

Share your plans and results on this challenge thread!

Eating at parties or in the home of friends or family members means uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!
For such events I find it helpful to decide upfront that I will have one plate of food, half of that will be vegetables, no seconds, and that I'll have 2 small cookies.
Good luck to finding out what works best for you!

I wish you all a merry Christmas,
may we all spend these days in peace and kindness!

Hugs, Kriszta

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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It is so good to see how well you all handled Christmas celebrations!
Thank you for participating and sharing your plans an results!
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My 26th December was good on the food front, followed my plan 100%, the only special meal on this day was a lunch at my mother-in-law. She was surprised I only ate a half slice of cake and no salty crackers at all - but commented on it in a positive way : )

So, I followed my plan at 8 of 9 meals, and did not eat between meals - I guess that spared me thousands of calories, and puts my 1000 extra calories eaten on 24th into perspective.
Not bad at all!
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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December 24 - ate 2 meals instead of the 3 planned. Caloric intake fine. Macronutrient targets could have been better -- protein/fiber were low and sodium high.

December 25 - ate 2 meals with dinner being an unexpected invitation to a family member's home. May have under eaten a bit. Macronutrient targets could have been better -- carbs were high, protein/fiber were low.

December 26 - ate 3 meals today with a return to more routine eating. Prepared a meal without tracking first and ended day with carbs high and protein a bit low.

Although I didn't do a good job of sticking to the plan and accepted an unexpected invitation, I feel okay about the last 3 days choices -- no grains consumed, declined foods that were iffy (tamales) as far as grains go and did not over eat. Was not the least bit tempted by any of the desserts.

The rest of my family does not share my aversion to sugar. We were talking last night about how surprised we were by all the desserts left over. Some weren't even touched! I don't believe a single dessert was entirely consumed. Actually, more fruit was consumed than desserts. There were three separate fruit dishes. One was entirely consumed and there was little remaining of the other two. Looks like the eating habits of the family may actually be changing.




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December 26: This was a routine day for me. I ended up eating less than I had planned. Lunch was filling and I knew I could make it to suppertime without a snack. I give myself credit for this!

Thanks, Kriszta for hosting this challenge.

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I woke up this morning weighing less than I have in a few weeks. Part of my Plan was hard work, and little time to eat. I'm told it was all delicious.

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So many of you rocked your plans! Terrific.

Of course, Dan and I veered from the plan. Why would I stick to my plan on any of these days? We didn't go out for Thai food after the movie. We went home. I made a really delicious high protein meal. We went out later for a couple of beers, talked with friends. I was about 150 calories over plan and I'm fine with that. I stayed true to my exercise plans over the weekend (including Christmas!)

Today I've got a normal day planned for food. I'm taking a holiday from strength training, but I will do my planned drills for swimming.

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Glad to report success. This challenge really helped me too. There was something about planning for three days in a row that gave me more consciousness and resolve. Now on to the New Year festivities. Happy Merry to all.

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I shared my food plan for the holidays with a friend and stuck to it completely, yesterday!

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I was on plan today, but it was a Christmas Plan. I make the same menu every year, 19 of us here, and I was so tired I didn't eat much. I have found that the more work I put into cooking, the less I eat. The cookies, cake, bread and leftovers are out of the house for people better able to handle them than I am.

It's 11:00 and I've just finished cleaning up and moving the furniture back into place. It's been a long day. I'm at just under 17,000 steps and I haven't left the house all day. I will sleep tonight. It was a wonderful day.

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December 25: Stayed on plan and grateful to have planned out exactly what I would eat and what would be my treat. Everything tastes so much better this way.

Keep up the good work, everyone!

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Yay! Way to go, everybody! emoticon Wish I'd known about the Beck Christmas challenge. I may have eaten a little better. I'm resolving to come to this Team more consistently---I just noticed all of you who are at goal and maintaining. Hopefully I'll join you by April. You inspire me!!!

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Merry Christmas Everybody. Definitely didn't do as well as I had been doing, but certainly didn't overeat as much as I've done in the past. Tried to remember that "Being healthy is more important than the momentary pleasure of overeating on special occasions"

Time to weigh tomorrow and use that data to get me back on track. The good news is that all of the so-called goodies are out of the house now.

We can do it!!! If God is With us, Who can be against us?
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I'm so proud of myself for sticking to the plan on the 24th. I anticipated up to 800 extra calories, and finished at just about 500 calories. Victory! Sticking to home-made treats helped a lot, and I followed most of my plans for limiting snacks. There was no cherry fluff this year. I had two servings of cheese instead of one, but I did put my snacks on a plate, which also helped a lot. I wrote down everything I ate as I went along so I wouldn't forget anything. I feel like a genius superwoman for coming out better than expected.

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The 25th went well - I followed my plan,
did not eat anything unplanned and nothing standing up.
I cannot tell how much better I feel than last night!

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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December 24 went as planned for me.

STRONGDAWG and Krizsta, great job getting back on track. That is what I am taking away from your results -- that maintainers know how to get back on track without delay.

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So far mixed results.

The 23rd was going to be the toughest day for me in terms of staying anywhere close to my regular meal plan. I was more than 1000 calories over budget. I knew I'd be over, but the change in plans really messed me up. The big problem was the venues for lunch and dinner were not what I expected. Both the work husband and the real husband wanted something different. For differing reasons that are more important to me than weight loss, I went along with what they both wanted. End result? Deep fried food at both meals.

The 24th went according to plan. The extra alcohol put me over almost 200 calories, but I expected that. The goals for these three days is to minimize damage. I had no intentions of staying on plan.

Today will be the easiest day. Just me and Dan. We keep Christmas very low key. We're going for Thai food and I am heading over to the restaurant's website to figure out what I'm going to eat right now!

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Wow, congrats to both of you, I'm happy for you!
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I didn't do so well: I had my usual food on 24th for breakfast and lunch, and followed my plan very well at dinner... except cookies.
And that is a BIG except: instead of the planned 100 grams I ate 260 grams, which sent me 1000 calories over my goal. No food pushers, it was my own choice.
Oh well... didn't feel great when I woke up today but after yoga, running outside, eating my usual oatmeal with oranges and lots of water and green tea I feel good again.
Today I'll pay more attention and will do a better effort to follow my plan. It is a good and doable plan.
Will write a blog later today about my insights on Christmas cookie induced irrational thinking : )

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I've reread my plan for today and wrote it on a card. Also wrote down the per-serving calorie count for some of the temptations I will face today so I know what I'm getting into.

I did not make a plan for yesterday other than to stay the normal course and honor my Sweets & Treats Fast. I'm proud to say I thoroughly enjoyed our family cookie frosting time, and resisted 1) licking my fingers, 2) snitching the broken pieces, and 3) eating just a small cookie when we were done. Certainly I was tempted, but I proved to myself that I can resist.

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Side benefit of planning like this...yesterday DH wanted to have chowder for lunch out at his favorite clam shack which happens to be next door to the fish monger where I stopped for fish that was on the plan for yesterday. I said no thanks thats not on my food plan today. So he skipped it too. He's seen how this works for me and how much weight I've lost. I did not have to preach. Now that is a holiday gift.

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Hurray for planning!

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Great plans, thank you for sharing!
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I have entered my meals for the next 3 days in SP nutrition tracker.
Hmmm...
I thought I was very modest when I planned 2-2 small cookies per day - they turned out to be 200 - 250 calories each! That means I'll be over my range, but I allow myself to have them and enjoy them fully. I skip my usual sweets (a banana at lunch and a square of dark chocolate at dinner) in return.
It is good I planned and calculated, otherwise I could have easily eaten 4-5 cookies per day!

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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OK! Done. Today, egg and home made ww bread for breakfast with unsalted butter and a clementine, Lunch cereal, banana, yogurt, dinner is bean soup and ww bread. Apple for a snack
12/24 old fashioned oatmeal and apple for breakfast, ww bread and almond butter for lunch. Lobster and beet salad for dinner. Skim milk and banana for snack.
12/25 egg and ww brad for breakfast with unsalted butter and a clementine. Lunch is banana, yogurt, granola and prunes. Dinner is baked ham (not my idea of fun but it is the DH's favorite for Christmas), mashed potato and turnip, homemade unsweetened applesauce, brussels sprouts. Snack ww bread and unsalted butter.

It was a challenge getting all the nutrients right. But this is a good plan.

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I need to plan for today!

Holiday staff breakfast - I ate a chicken sausage before my strength training work out. Bagel, cream cheese (2tbs), black coffee. NO Coffee Cake. I bought the kind that I don't like. Greek yogurt if I am struggling.

Lunch - Annual holiday tradition with my work husband and COO. Two bourbons (4 oz) tops. Salad with protein.

Dinner date with Dan - Chicken Cesar wrap, dressing on the side. 2 bourbons.

Christmas Eve - regular meal plan. I may meet friends for lunch. If I do, standard Chicken Cesar salad.

Christmas - high protein breakfast
Chinese for lunch
Pop corn at the movie
Soup and vegetables for dinner

Snacks will be Greek yogurt or Small cereal with almond milk and some almonds.

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Great suggestion and I am in. Will work on this when I get some quiet time. Meantime Happy Holidays to all. (I add happy solstice to Jean's list as it is a very important day to me!)

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Thank you Kriszta, what a good idea to post this thread!

So true: an inaccurate plan is so much better than no plan at all!

I just made my plan this morning. It is for Christmas and New Year's Eve, and my dad has a birthday in between, too.

Sunday 12/25/16:
Breakfast: regular (oats and nuts and fruit)
Lunch: regular: 2 slices bread and soup and raw veggies
Snack: 1 piece of cake or large cookie
Evening meal: soup, potato wedges, 1 Ts mayonaise, cauliflower with max. 2 spoons sauce, 1 glass of port.
Evening snack: Trifle (for dessert)
If necessary (after long trip home): 1 or 2 pieces fruit

Monday 12/26/16:
Breakfast: regular
Lunch: 2 spelt rolls / buns with a special spread, soup.
Snack: as usual (fruit and 1 slice bread and veggies)
Evening meal: vegetable pie 1/3 of whole, salad, 1 glass of port.
Evening snack: ice cream, 2 'slices', and 1 fruit.

The next days I will follow my usual food plan, on my father's birthday I will have 1 piece of cake but no other treats nor a special meal. OR, in case only a special / calorie rich meal is served, I will limit the serving I eat.
New Years eve: eat according to regular plan for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and evening meal. At night: 2 pieces of traditional 'Old Year's treats', 1 port, 2 crackers with brie or egg salad. Maybe 1 can of (light) soda.
If needed 2 pieces of fruit OR 1 slice bread late at night. (if we go to sleep more than 2-3 hours after last snack).

And then, it's a NEW year and everyone will be dieting and we won't have to face all the temptations for a while (I hope!). :)

Good luck everyone! emoticon

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December 24: 3 routine meals. One wrapped chocolate as my planned snack. No eating after 7 pm.

December 25: 2 routine meals. One cookie as my planned snack. One special evening meal with my portions controlled and a slice (sliver!) of pumpkin pie for dessert. No eating after 7 pm.

December 26: 3 routine meals. One planned snack. No eating after 7 pm.

Thank you for starting this challenge. I am glad I have my decisions made now instead of doing on the day of the holiday!

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December 24: Normal breakfast (lighter) and normal lunch (lighter). Supper will be soups, ham and sandwich fixings. I'll only eat the soup. Veggies and Christmas cookies. Snack foods.

December 25 we are traveling to my in-laws about 6 hours. Food will be what we find on the road and any foods we take.

December 26: with the in-laws. I cook while at their house. They are shut in and live in a small town. So, we treat them with giving them a break from cooking, etc while we are there. My husband will probably fix his egg cups for breakfast. Then, I'll fix other meals. They only eat two meals a day and snack in the evening. But, we'll shake that up while we are there. I'll probably cook like I do at home, soups etc. They prefer lighter meals.


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Thank you, Kriszta!

December 24 - normal breakfast, normal lunch, gathering with extended family for dinner, tri tip and ham will be available along with salads, fruit, desserts. I will pass on the ham since it is too salty for my body to tolerate. I will pass on desserts due to body's grain intolerance. I will select tri tip, green salad, other vegetables and fruit. Any questionable sauces, dressings will be passed over to prevent accidental gluten/grain exposure. I will enjoy the company of those present. I am really looking forward to seeing a niece I've not seen in years.

December 25 - plans remain unknown. It will likely be a routine day for us with routine eating.

December 26 - no plans. It will likely be a routine day for us with routine eating.

Routine eating for me is 2 - 3 meals per day, no snacking, no eating after dinner, plenty of protein with breakfast, and reduced (30%) carbohydrate intake.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays to all!

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Christmas Eve is celebrated with my family-in-law who are all wonderful cooks. I have no guilty feelings indulging on the three occasions a year that we get together. However, I still have a plan so my indulgence doesn't become a disaster.

Dec 24 - normal breakfast, normal lunch and no snacks during the day. Dinner - fill up on lots of fruits and vegetables, limit cheese, black olives and cherry fluff to one serving. Stay out of the kitchen except to help with dishes. Wait until gift opening time later in the evening to begin enjoying desserts. Serve indulgent snacks on a plate. No digging out of the bowl/bag. Drink water all night long so I don't get dehydrated and carb-hungry. I'm not sure if I can pull off THIS one, but I intend to spend my calories on the home-made treats rather than the store-bought ones that I can have any old day of the year.
I usually plan for an additional 800 calories on Christmas Eve.

Dec 25 - enjoy breakfast as served by hosts - probably bacon, toast and eggs - but only one serving. Wait until we return to our house in the afternoon before having any snacks. Ration Brach's Christmas Nougat pieces to 10 throughout the evening. Supper as served, but opt for cereal if the cook chooses burgers or brats. Enjoy two cut-out cookies sometime during the festivities. Drink lots and lots of water and tea. Maybe even take a nap in the afternoon.

Dec 26 - get back on track with normal everything. The biggest challenge will be that my self-imposed Sweets & Treats Fast will be over, and I will have to be careful to control my desires for all the sweet treats that will be surrounding me while my kiddos are home. I have the day off work, so the lack of structure will add a level of difficulty to the day.

Happy Planning, everyone. May your Christmas be merry and bright! And may you still be able to see your toes on Tuesday. :-)

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I'll have three special meals at Christmas:

Dinner on 24th in our home, MIL and boyfriend of DD will be with us
Lunch on 25th at my parents' house, my two sisters and their families will come too
Lunch on 26th at my MIL's house

I'll ask mom and MIL what they are cooking and plan in SP tracker.
At these special meals I'll eat my usual portions (max 700 cal) plus 2 small cookies.
At all other times I'll eat my normal breakfast, lunch and dinner, nothing in between.


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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Team Members,

this challenge is about enjoying Christmas meals fully, without negative feelings at bedtime or the next morning.

Assignments:
-write a food plan on 23rd December for the next three days
-if you don't know what exactly you will eat, estimate
-whatever fancy food you wish to eat, put that on your plan too
-follow your plan on 24th and 25th and 26th December, monitor in writing
-use your Beck skills to stay on track, wherever you are in the program (eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite... plan and monitor eating in writing ... respond to sabotaging thoughts)

Share your plans and results on this challenge thread!

Eating at parties or in the home of friends or family members means uncertainty and inaccuracy, but an inaccurate plan is much better than no plan at all!
For such events I find it helpful to decide upfront that I will have one plate of food, half of that will be vegetables, no seconds, and that I'll have 2 small cookies.
Good luck to finding out what works best for you!

I wish you all a merry Christmas,
may we all spend these days in peace and kindness!

Hugs, Kriszta

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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 10/27/2017 (16:57)
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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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