The Twelve Pounds of Christmas

Submitted by Carolyn on Mon, 12/17/2007 - 7:58am.

My New Year's resolution is to lose weight (again). Let's be honest, how many times have we made losing weight our goal for the new year? Personally, if I ACTUALLY lost weight every year that I promised to - I would have disappeared due to weight loss!!!!! My story that can be found on the web site details my weight loss journey that, unfortunately, came about as a result of my husband's untimely death due to a heart attack. Over the past two years, I have lost 106 pounds naturally. I now have a New Year's EVE resolution for 2007. My resolution is to get through the holidays without the twelve pounds of Christmas. Will I attend parties? Yes. Will I enjoy foods that are not on my "new menu"? Yes. Will I control my cravings????? There's the big question. The holidays are always difficult for healthy choices but we can stick to our new menu and still enjoy the festivities. Here's the secret....sample DON'T graze!!!!! If you know that you have a holiday luncheon or dinner, adjust your calorie intake for the remainder of the day. Walk a little more, bend and stretch. Turn on the Christmas music and dance!!!!! Remember - this music goes back into the closet on December 26th. Pretend you're a Rockette!!!!! Sing along with Burl, Andy, Dean and Harry!!!!! Drink lots of water. Bottom line, if we don't gain the infamous "12 pounds of Christmas" - we have less to lose for the new year!!!!! Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.