5 Tips For Navigating The Holiday Season Without Gaining Weight: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 7

5 Tips For Navigating The Holiday Season Without Gaining Weight: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 7

I cannot believe that it is the middle of November already! The holiday season is creeping up fast! I love everything about this time of the year and I look forward to it each and every year. What’s not to love? Parties, holiday dinners, Christmas trees… holiday shopping!!

Of course, along with the holidays comes food… and plenty of it. This is my first holiday season since I have been trying to live healthier and lose weight.


I’ve been hearing some people say that they aren’t trying to lose weight during the holidays and anticipate gaining weight during this time of the year. Now if that is your plan, that’s fine. Whatever is best for you then definitely do that, but for me, I want to continue my forward progress throughout the holiday season. I’m convinced that there are some things I can do during the holidays to avoid gaining weight and letting go of all the progress that has been made. I think it is possible to enjoy the holidays without gaining weight or feeling guilty when it’s all over.


I thought with Thanksgiving a week away that it would be fitting for me to share with you some ways that I am planning on avoiding weight gain during the holiday season, while still enjoying time with family and friends. Hopefully, these things will help you too or if nothing else just encourage you to think about how you’ll be navigating the holidays. These five things that I came up with are things that I will do for each and every holiday party or meal.

#1: Not skipping meals, to eat more later:

I will not skip meals in order to eat more later. It’s really tempting to think that if we just skip meals before whatever get-together that we are going to that it will balance out the big meal that we will be eating later. I do not believe that this is true. For me personally, I am 100% sure that if I skip meals, by the time the get-together happens, I’ll be ravenous and will eat a lot more than I would have if I had just eaten reasonably during the day. I’ve done the whole skipping meals thing. It. Does. Not. Work. so I plan to eat normally throughout the day, up to and after any holiday party or meal.

#2: Balancing my plate with veggies:

It is very tempting for me to fill my plate with all carbs and have little room for anything else during holiday meals. Dressing, mac and cheese, potato salad… all the carbs! I love carbs!! I mean who doesn’t though? My plan for avoiding going overboard on carbs is to work backwards this year, when it comes to making my plate. Start with veggies, then protein, then carbs! This will help me to balance out the meal more than if I just went straight to my favorites… which of course are the carb-filled dishes!

#3: Balancing out the day:

Although I do plan on eating during the day and not skipping meals, another thing I will be doing is balancing out my day. Just as an example: on Thanksgiving we will be eating dinner at my in-laws, so instead of me having let’s say…pancakes for breakfast, a chicken sandwich with a side of fries for lunch, and THEN going and having a large Thanksgiving dinner, I will balance out my day by having mostly protein, veggies, and fruit in my first two meals of the day. This will help me to have a more balanced day of eating.

#4: Stopping when I’m full:

It’s really easy to keep on eating past the point of fullness in order to finish everything on the plate. I will slow down my eating and stop eating when I’m full no matter what. No matter how much food is left on my plate.

#5: Staying hydrated: 

This may seem a bit silly to say, but honestly, I find that I eat a lot more during the day, the less water I drink. I found out that our bodies can sometimes mistake thirst for hunger. When this happens we eat more because we think we are still hungry, when really we are just thirsty. I plan on drinking water throughout the day and during meals.


These things are so simple, but I think they will be what makes the difference between me gaining or not gaining weight during this time of the year. If you are looking for even more tips for navigating this holiday season without gaining weight, check out my post 5 Tips to Lose Weight During The Holidays Without Depriving Yourself.


Alright now while we are in the vain of talking about how I’m planning on not gaining weight during the holidays, let me tell you how this week’s weigh-in went.



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

Weight Lost Since Last Week: -.8 lbs

Total Weight Lost Since January: -30 lbs


I am feeling soooo excited that I have lost 30 pounds!!!  I am beyond proud because I know all of the hard work that has gone into this weight loss. My weight loss is not happening overnight, but it is consistent and I’m very happy with that.

I am confident that I can continue to make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle no matter what time of the year it is. Sure, during the holiday season I do feel like it may be a bit more difficult because of all of the parties and holiday meals, but along with portion controlling my food and following the five tips that I was telling you about, I truly believe that I can continue to lose weight, even throughout the holiday season.

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