This year I am going to maintain my weight from Thanksgiving thru the start of 2011! This is my pledge! If I lose a little bit, that’s ok too, but I am definitely not going to gain any weight. The Rite Bite is doing something great this year. We are giving our members the opportunity to do the same – pledge to maintain their weight this holiday season. I like doing this every year because it really motivates me to think twice about all of the holiday treats that will soon be available at every turn. Well-meaning neighbors that bring plates of cookies and fudge over (I confess I have done this before), office potlucks and work parties that combine rich foods and possibly alcoholic beverages, and the family gatherings and feasts on the actual holiday.
In order to maintain my weight this year I am going to focus on two strategies. Diet and Exercise. Yep, boring, but true. My exercise goal is to walk 30 minutes every day this holiday season. I do not need to walk fast, I just have to walk. I’ll probably do the 30 minutes all in one shot, but you could break it up into smaller chunks of time. My diet goal is more complex because there are three and not just one. First, I am going to eat at least 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables every day this holiday season. Second, I am going to eat small portions of my favorite holiday desserts. For example, a half-slice of pumpkin pie instead of a full piece. Third, I will avoid the mindset of all or nothing. To me this means, I can indulge a little one day and then get back to my usual healthy eating right away. I will not give myself permission to overindulge until the New Year because I went a little crazy at one work party.
Will you pledge to maintain your weight this holiday season? You can do with a comment on this blog. The impact of actually doing it, cements your goal and makes it real. Don’t just say you will, actually pledge with a comment here. Just copy and paste this into your comment.
I, _____________________, pledge to maintain my weight and not gain weight this holiday season. Please also add your goals/tricks for staying healthy over the holidays for all of our readers!
And if you are a member of The Rite Bite, stop in today to find out how you can get your pledge posted at our center. The accountability this provides is a huge motivating factor!