So how many pounds does the average person gain over the holidays in the US? I'm reading anywhere from one to ten pounds, with the most recent wisdom being that we don't gain that much, but that any weight we do gain tends to stick around. The real problem is that , if you follow this pattern, that will put you on track for gaining ten pounds in a decade. As I do not intend to go gently into that particular dark night, I have chosen to put a plan into action that will keep me headed in the right direction where my physical goals are concerned. Now that I think about it, this kind of planning is just as important for my emotional well being too. Missed workouts plus over eating equal sadness and frustration which I tend to take out on myself, my son, and my husband, and not necessarily in that order. Since peace begins at home, I need a plan for the greater good.