Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful in many ways. One of those is the sudden abundance of food. Rich meals and sweet treats seem to be around every corner. It’s hard to avoid! However, since using MyFitnessPal I’ve felt less stress regarding the indulgence of the holidays. Here are two things that have kept me grounded this holiday season and will go with me into the new year:
- Plan Ahead-I cannot say this enough! If I know I’m going to be eating out or eating a rich meal (like Thanksgiving), I’ll plan my calories appropriately that day. Keeping my calories lower for breakfast and lunch has allowed me to enjoy a meal out or that Thanksgiving stuffing.
- Portion Control-I know you probably hear this all the time, but it’s true. Moderation is key in maintaining or losing weight. So, if you do decide to treat yourself, don’t go crazy. Choose your dinner sides wisely and go for more veggies, less starch/bread. But do have that stuffing and macaroni, just keep that portion in check. Also, if you find yourself surrounded by sweet treats at a party, have some. Eat a few things you truly like and enjoy! One meal or cookie will not ruin your diet.
Since using MyFitnessPal, I have really started to prioritize my calories. It has caused me to think before I eat. Treats are truly a treat now! I can honestly say (desserts, biscuits, macaroni or whatever your poison may be), tastes so much better now and much more satisfying! From the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had from Poole’s Diner in Raleigh over the fall or the fudge I made at Christmas, I didn’t feel bad because I planned ahead.
To date, I’ve lost 19 pounds, so yay me! It’s been a long journey because I am not depending on exercise. I know eventually, I’ll need to incorporate it, but I don’t want to depend on it. What I decide to eat and how much, ultimately results in my weight. It has taken me awhile to realize that, but now that I am focused, I know I’ll be successful!
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are on a weight loss journey, just remember you can do it! You can be successful 🙂