9 Oct 2013
Are you tempted to throw up your hands and give up when it comes to your weight loss efforts during the fall months? I can certainly understand it if you are, because there are a lot of holidays during October, November, and December.
You’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and other celebrations that fall between now and the end of the year. It’s enough to make anyone decide to put off losing weight and just wait until the first of the year to get to a healthy weight.
Personally, the fall months were the hardest months for me to stick with my weight loss plan when I was morbidly obese. After all, how could I be expected to say no to candy corn, pumpkin pie, peppermint candy, and all the other delectable treats that seemed to be the cornerstone of every holiday we celebrated?
Every time I started a diet in the fall I lasted about two weeks before I quit and had to start again another time. I found it hard to resist the lure of aisles of candy, endcaps full of holiday cookies, and cookbooks filled to the brim with dessert recipes.
For 10 years I failed to lose any weight during the fall months until my final weight loss effort. When I finally got serious about my weight loss efforts, I realized that I couldn’t just quit because the weather turned cooler and the stores started stocking holiday candy. If I quit, I’d regain all the weight I had lost thus far and the thought of that depressed me.
The alternative was to learn to continue to lose weight through the fall months even with the abundance of high calorie, unhealthy foods all around me. So I did learn. There were five lessons that were very important to me when I was dieting during the fall months.
1. Not All Fall Foods Are Sweet
There is more fall food to be had than candy corn. You probably knew that, but in my mind, October equaled candy corn. As I was losing weight the healthy way, I found out that pumpkin was great in a smoothie, fall apples were delicious to eat as a snack or dessert, and vegetable soups with fall vegetables filled me up and kept my mind off high calorie foods.
2. Fall is a Beautiful Time to Go Outdoors
I lived in the South when I was obese and summers were hot, hot, hot. One thing I learned to appreciate as I lost weight was the fact that the cool weather made it feel easier to exercise. I spent more time outdoors with the kids, took longer walks, and enjoyed wearing exercise clothes that I purchased in the regular sized department rather than the plus sized department.
3. Portions Still Mattered
If I decided that I could have a little taste of pie or baked an apple for dessert, the portion size still mattered no matter the season. If you are trying to lose weight this fall, remember that portion sizes have a direct correlation on your caloric consumption.
4. Cravings Could be Conquered
In the past, I felt powerless against the cravings for the fall holiday sweets. As I slowly changed my lifestyle and learned to enjoy healthy, natural foods, I also learned that I could control my cravings for cakes, pies, candy, and all the other foods that usually caused me to fall off my weight loss plan. It took some planning and effort, but cravings could be conquered.
5. Celebrations Were Not Just About Food
Although it rarely happens, it is theoretically possible to have a party without food! I learned that I needed to celebrate the event, the people, and the reason for the party instead of the abundant food spread. If you are tempted to forgo losing weight during this time of year, I’d encourage you to stick with your healthy weight loss plan. Celebrate with joy, be aware of what you eat, exercise enthusiastically, and keep losing weight!
Do you think about stopping your weight loss plan during the fall holiday season? How do you stay strong?
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