Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Holiday Fat Loss Plan

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.  As a matter of fact, I wrote out my holiday menu today, any one want to read it?
5oz. Turkey
1 Sweet Potato w/butter spray, maybe some cinnamon
1 Cup Green Peas (tradition!)
Mixed green salad with low calorie sugar free dressing
Sugar free chocolate mousse
Yum, yum, yum.  I am leaving out the stuffing, gravy, and cranberry jelly, but this looks like a fantastic meal to me!
I just went over to Fit Day and entered my eating plan for the whole day.  The calories came in at 1,585, and the nutrient balance is just about 40,30,30 with the 40% as protein.  That's about 300 more calories than I would be having on my fat loss plan.  I will also be doing theTurbulence Training Adrenaline Workout at home.
     One of the best things about a bigger holiday meal is that it can fuel muscle growth and crank up the metabolism at the same time.
I have come to a decision on wine and sugar. I had hoped to include an occasional glass of wine and a few sugary sweets over the holidays, but they just don't work for me. I simply cannot find a safe amount of either of these particular substances that I can consume without risking an episode of eating out of control. The sugar/wine roller coaster is a heck of a lot of fun when I first get on, but then I find that I can't get back off. How do I feel about this? Actually pretty good. All I have to do is consider the incredible gifts I get in return. Strength, vitality, and lasting feelings of well being. I have spent a lot of time away from sweets and wine over the past 3 years, and if I have to let them go completely in order to see all of my dreams come true, why wouldn't I let them go? Once you begin to see what freedom has in store for you, why would you choose anything else?
This all comes up because I allowed my self a big planned cheat after the talk on the 17th. By the way, my cheat after the photo shoot went just fine. I suppose that lulled me into a false sense of security. The cheat on the 17th spun out of control. Not. Worth. It. I was flying so high after the show I got scared and had to do something to bring myself back down.  All I can do now is learn from that experience.  It is time to break the pattern of reaching a fat loss goal, letting a cheat get out of control, and bouncing right back up over my old plateau weight.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?
     What will be my most important tools for preventing this scenario?  First of all, I will pick and schedule specific TT workouts to cover the period from now through January first.  Wait a minute, make that through Valentines day!  I will plan meals that include satisfying indulgences for the big celebration days. (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve) This may be a little bit unusual, but I will make sure I do workouts at home on those big days to take advantage of the calorie bump.  Lastly, I will have to set a goal for my weight and body fat on February 15th.  I'll have to check the numbers tomorrow and post that later.  This year will be a time of hope, health, happiness, and togetherness.  By keeping my focus on the bigger ideas of love, peace, and giving I can help make these the happiest holidays ever.