I was at my lowest weight in 10 years on Thanksgiving morning, and I didn't want to see what damage was done by the feasting. But I made myself step on the scale a week later and, by golly, I was within a half pound of that weight. This is not unusual -- a study done in 2000 found that people only gain, on average, one pound during the holiday season, although they thought they had gained more. The bad news is that this pound is rarely lost, so they add up over the years.
My plan is to stay on my 1200 calorie diet five days per week. I use our free CalorieCount.about.com site and phone app to log my food and exercise. The two days that I am less strict are the days I do my long distance walking training. Yes, I can enjoy holiday eating, but only when balanced with exercise. I have become much more adept at estimating calories, but it helps to have little tools like my Holiday Calorie Calculator to keep me from eating too much fun holiday food. No eggnog milkshakes, dishes of candies, or quick snacks of anything except Cutie tangerines.
To keep me moving, I'll be walking the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon this weekend, and then a local Holiday Half Marathon two weeks later. In between, I'll be walking Christmas lights walks with my walking friends. How are you staying active this December?
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