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Are you going to "diet" on Christmas Day?


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Assuming you celebrate Christmas, that is.

I'm just interested ... I know it's early!

For fun (because I'm very sad and very bored, clearly!), I logged everything which I think I'll eat on Christmas Day (realistically, too, I pretty much put in what I usually eat on the day itself plus breakfast) ... and it only came to 1600kcal or so ... and I got an 'A' grade. It surprised me! That's a lot less than some non-holiday days.

Is anyone planning on sticking to their diet? Or blowing it off completely and eating ... I dunno ... half a Christmas pudding and three boxes of marzipan fruits?
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I don't think I'll count that day (starting at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve).  I do know I'll stay away from lots of foods though - a little of everything is better than a lot of everything.  (I can't say I've even had marzipan fruits.)
I'm staying on the diet - but it's easy for me since I don't live near family and will be alone.  New Years on the other-hand I'm planning to go have some fun with my friends =)

I don't diet - ever.  What I've done is changed the way I eat forever.  So, no, I won't be "dieting" on Christmas Day.  What I'll be doing is making smart choices in what I choose to eat and doing my best to control my portions.  I'll build a treat into my meal plan for the day too.  I might not log my foods that day though.

What I won't be doing is reverting to the habits that got me into this fix in the first place - eating too much of everything. 

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Nope!  Christmas is one of the few days of the year when I don't worry about food.  I don't plan to go crazy, but I will put my calorie count book away.  I plan to enjoy some Christmas drinks, eat a delicious breakfast, and have a large dinner.  :)  I usually eat very healthy, and in small portions, so even on cheat days, I usually end up doing quite well.    Still...you've got to have a few days when you just enjoy yourself!  Chocolate will definitly factor in on Christmas.  I can't wait.
Relax and enjoy it, its christmas after all. Surely one day cant damage your diet that much, but denying yourself the nice food and then getting tempted and binging will be far worse.

Just make sure that you dont keep loads of extra cake and chocolate in the house afterwards, otherwise you will be tempted daily.

My BF and i are going away for this weekend and he threatened that i had better not try to count calories while we were away.. hehe.

As for christmas, like others have said, moderation is key.  Have small samples of everything.  One day wont ruin your diet, and if you've been undereating, it could even kick start your weight loss again. ;) 

Yeah, seems like you guys are pretty much like me. I was careful to log a moderate amount of food for dinner, but included puff pastry and Christmas pud in it ... because it should be a treat day, in my opinion!

clairelaine, the "diet" was in inverted commas for a reason! Hah. I couldn't think of a better way of putting it ... calorie-counting, maybe? ;-)

I think the big break down of holidays and gain, is that people treat the whole month of December as an excuse to cheat.

They eat a little extra with the mentality that it's the holidays. If you stay loyal the other 29 days, I see no reason why anyone wouldn't cut loose on Christmas and New Years. Just keep it to those two days and you'll be fine.

I'm not gona go crazy or anything. I will probably eat a lot less then I have in the past. But will definately have a little of everything. I also am not planning on counting that day.

I'm not sure what I'll have. I'm going to my boyfriends parents house with him for the second time, but I can't remember what we had last year besides zucchini bread. Which I love.

Original Post by clairelaine:

I don't diet - ever.  What I've done is changed the way I eat forever.  So, no, I won't be "dieting" on Christmas Day.  What I'll be doing is making smart choices in what I choose to eat and doing my best to control my portions.  I'll build a treat into my meal plan for the day too.  I might not log my foods that day though.

What I won't be doing is reverting to the habits that got me into this fix in the first place - eating too much of everything. 

Pretend like I said this since it's word for word what I feel as well. ;-)

I am having a hard time with this whole season because I am so used to hot cocoa, cookies, thick stews, mashed potatoes with gravy, and heavy meals. My whole life the time from Thanksgiving up until New Years has been a time where there is no dieting, and no watching what you eat. I may go with that this year for the most part. Not cancelling anything out, but also working out, or eatting less of everything to still be at AT LEAST maintenance, then go back to the lighter foods and whatnot after new years. I lose weight relatively quickly when I am on track, so I am not going to worry about a month or so on maintenance calories.
Nope, 'cause holiday or not I don't change my eating habits.  I don't celebrate Christmas, but my family does and so does Alex's family (his is religious, mine believes in Santa), and we're expected to have lunches and dinners with the families.  Fortunately my family SUCKS at cooking and I'm too afraid to eat around his family, so I'll be sittin' pretty with whatever I eat at home.
Nope. It's Christmas, and I don't care. It's only one day. I'm not going to make myself ill, though. That's no fun, and I always regret that. I'm aiming to get through the day without any regrets, i.e. not eating something just because I 'can'. I'll only have what I really want, and I'll try to enjoy it in moderation... though coffee cake and moderation may prove difficult ;) Hopefully I'll be able to go for a run.
My plan is to enjoy Christmas.  I will eat what I want.  I will not overeat though.  Since I have "reset" my body, overeating feels really uncomfortable.  Basically, I will listen to my body. 

Our holiday celebrations don't involve food.

For me, it should just be another day in which I try to eat healthy.

=^..^= MOLLY

I'm not worried about the count on the food, except maybe I should be since my annual holiday tradition includes picking the fried fat off the ham ... drool ...

But the REAL reason I'm not counting on Christmas is the veritable buffet of alcoholic beverages that will be at my disposal.  And nothing ruins a good buzz like realizing punch + rum = 250 calories.  ;)

 

I will probably stick to what I've been doing. Honestly, I expected the thanksgiving meal to be uber like OMG so good and .. meh - no fireworks.

So, I don't think I'll "try" as hard on the menu/making the food as I did on Thanksgiving day. 

Nope, no counting for me.  I didn't count on Thanksgiving but I noticed that I didn't stuff myself either.  I was happy to have smaller portions of everything.  I enjoyed myself and didn't even think of counting.  I put on a pound but lost it within a day.  I am sure the sodium played a HUGE part in that.

I think it would be much harder if I had just started out with cc but since I have been with it since the beginning of Oct my body is use to smaller meals and I know when I am full and I stop.  Not like before where I would just keep eating because it tasted good.  I would always feel sick after eating on Thanksgiving.  I will remember to eat breakfast though because that gives me fuel for the day.

Good luck everyone!  Gotta get bush now getting things wrapped and shipped.  YIKES where has this month gone??????

I am deffinatly counting my calories on christmas...of course we are going to be flying home from vacation that day (disneyland and then a short visit at my grandmas) So it's not a big surprise that I will have no trouble with eating to much....more likely I will have trouble eating to little...as they don't allow food on the plane.......my troubles going to be hubbys christmas party saturay involving horderves an drinking (starts after dinner time) so I think I am probably only going to snack a little that day an save most of my calories for that night.

well since we're cuban we really don't do any all-out crazy fruitcake and bread pudding and gravy meals, although there will be a seemingly endless supply of white rice and roast pork (yum). oh, and my mom loves to stuff my stocking with kit-kats. delish.

i will not be counting or dieting on christmas.

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