5 Tips To lose weight during the holidays without depriving yourself: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 9

5 Tips To lose weight during the holidays without depriving yourself: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 9

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! For me Thanksgiving was amazing. I was able to visit my in-laws in Orlando and get some needed family time. I enjoyed every minute of it. Quality time. Laughter. Good food… such a relaxing time! I wish we could have stayed longer, but this year we had to make it a quick trip and head back home. I had to quickly jump right back into my normal routine once Thanksgiving was over. Part of that routine, of course, is Wednesday’s weigh-in so I wanted to jump on and let you know how I did on the scale this week.

I am very happy with how the weigh-in went today!



Starting Weight in January: 253

Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0

Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6

Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2

Week 4 Weigh-In: 227.0

Week 5 Weigh-In: 224.2

Week 6 Weigh-In: 223.8

Week 7 Weigh-In: 223.0

Week 8 Weigh-In: 221.8

Week 9 Weigh-In: 220.2

Weight Lost Since Last Week: -1.6 lbs

Total Weight Lost Since January: -32.8


I am absolutely convinced that weight can be lost during the holidays. Today I was down 1.6 pounds on the scale since last week. Now… 1.6 pounds down on the scale ANY week is great, but the week after holiday??? I’m jumping for joy!

Usually, I am one of those people that gain and gain during the holidays because it’s the holiday season so why not enjoy it to the fullest? And by enjoying it to the fullest I meant eat every cookie, every piece of cake, and all the carbs all November and December and then feel guilty come January and say “this year I’m going to make a change” Does that sound familiar to you or is it just me?

This year I set a goal to continue to lose weight during the holidays, while still having fun and never depriving myself. So far, so good! There are some things that I believe really helped me stay on track and still lose weight this week, despite the holiday. I wanted to share those things with you because Christmas is right around the corner and I think they could come in handy for you too!

Tip #1: Prior to the holiday meal plan and meal prep to make sure you are eating well the rest of the week

How did this play out practically for me?

I meal prepped on Sunday for all of the days that we would be home, prior to Thanksgiving. We did not leave town until Wednesday night so I meal planned dinner meals for Monday-Wednesday. In addition to planning out dinners for the days that we would be home, I prepped breakfasts and lunches for the week. I also prepped snacks and made sure that fruits and vegetables were washed and cut up.

How did this help me?

By meal planning and meal prepping the guesswork was taken out of what I was going to eat. It was one less thing I had to think about, which made the week go by a lot smoother!

Tip #2: Be sure to eat meals throughout the day

How this played out practically for me?

On Thanksgiving, I got a late start to the day because I decided to sleep in a bit. Me and my husband made a big brunch for the family that kept me full until dinner.

How did this help me?

Usually on holidays once my family starts cooking it’s really hard to stop and have a meal. It’s just too easy to get wrapped up in cooking the holiday meal. Because I had a filling meal before we started to cook, I was able to feel satisfied until dinner. This helped me to avoid excessive snacking during the day and keep me from feeling famished by the time dinner rolled around, which helped me to avoid overeating.

Tip #3: When making your holiday plate, start with the vegetables first

How this played out practically for me?

Instead of going straight for the carbs like I usually do, I started filling my plate with the vegetables that were on the table first. I started with the kale salad, then went to the green beans, then the greens. The vegetables filled about 1/3 of my plate and then I served myself my favorites: mac and cheese, potato salad, dressing… among other things of course. ?

How did this help me?

Because I started with the vegetables first, I was able to have a more balanced meal. I was still able to enjoy all my favorite holiday dishes, but by starting with the vegetables, I naturally served myself a smaller portion of each of those favorites.

Tip #4: Stop eating when you are full, no matter what

How this played out practically for me?

I stopped eating when I was full, which meant I had to leave food on my plate. To be specific: this year at Thanksgiving dinner I had quite a bit of turkey left on my plate once I was already full. Even though I still had food on my plate I stopped eating.

How did this help me?

I was able to stop eating before I was overly full. After dinner, I did not feel tired and sluggish like I usually do after big holiday meals. I also learned to say no during this time, because once I was full, I turned down everything else that was offered to me. Stopping when I was full helped me to avoid overeating.

Tip #5: Let the holiday be the holiday

How did this play out practically for me?

I don’t know about you, but in previous years I did not just celebrate a holiday and move on (as far as eating was concerned). I would have a holiday meal, eat leftovers the next day, eat desserts the next day, and honestly follow this process for 3-4 days after the holiday was over.

This year I told myself that Thanksgiving is ONE DAY… NOT THE WHOLE WEEK. I believe in enjoying myself, eating good food in moderation during holiday get-togethers and then moving on. I did not take any leftovers home with me, because I wanted to jump right back into my normal way of eating the next day.

How did this help me?

I was able to enjoy indulgent foods during Thanksgiving, but by looking at the holiday as it is “just one day” I was able to get right back on track with my eating the next day and not jeopardize any of my weight loss goals.


These are the five things that helped me to continue to lose weight, despite last week being Thanksgiving. If you are looking for even more tips, check out my post Navigating the Holiday Season Without Gaining WeightI hope you find these tips helpful and decide to try a couple at your next holiday party or on Christmas day itself.

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