Thanksgiving is Over – What Now?

5 12 2011

Jessica Peacock

One major holiday down, but more to go….how did you do over the Thanksgiving holiday? An important part of creating a healthy lifestyle is assessing your progress during challenging times in order to figure out what you did well and what you can still improve upon. Some of you probably did pretty well over Thanksgiving and either maintained your weight or kept on losing (and if so, congratulations!). Others of you may be feeling pretty down though, and many people give up around the holidays because they think they’ve “failed” and there’s no point in continuing to work at weight loss when it is so difficult.

No matter what camp you fall into, we can all still learn from Thanksgiving and use it to help us as we move further into the holiday season.

If you feel you were successful over Thanksgiving, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What strategies did you use that helped you maintain your weight or continue to lose?

 2. Were there people around you who were supportive and helped you through this difficult holiday? In what ways were they helpful?

 3. Overall, what can you take away from a successful Thanksgiving that will help you with other upcoming holidays?

If you didn’t fare so well at Thanksgiving and gained a few pounds, don’t get too down on yourself – the holidays are one of the toughest times of the year for weight maintenance. But while you may be disappointed with a lack of progress, this time of year still offers an excellent opportunity to learn and figure out how to do better moving forward. Reflect on the following questions and use them to begin to prepare your plan for the remainder of the holiday season:

1. What was the most challenging thing for you to manage related to your eating/exercise habits?How could you do better with this in the future?

2. What were some of the specific barriers that prevented you from being able to exercise (i.e. travel, family in town, etc.), and how might you overcome these more effectively?

3. Did you have support for your healthy behaviors over the holiday, and if not, how could you improve your level of support moving forward?

4. If you could go back in time and do things differently over Thanksgiving, what would you change?

 No matter whether you gained, lost, or maintained this Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to take stock of how you did in order to continue making progress in a positive direction. Successfully creating a healthy lifestyle means continually learning – both from our successes and our slip-ups. Thinking about Thanksgiving will help you better prepare and have a game plan ready for the rest of the holiday season!




2 responses

12 12 2011

I did pretty well over the holiday. I reduced the amount I was going to eat for breakfast and dinner on Thanksgiving and allowed myself a little bit bigger lunch.

Also planned a walk with a couple other people in the afternoon since I was unable to get to the gym.

Also in November I got in about 21 gym visits.

My plan is to continue losing through the Christmas holiday by reducing calories some, continuing to increase cardio and practice just saying no at parties.

13 12 2011

Those are all great strategies Randy! Sounds like you did a fantastic job staying on track over Thanksgiving…all it takes is some thought and preparation, as well as the continued commitment to your goals! Keep up the great work.

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