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Old 10-27-2019, 11:45 AM
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I'm looking for lots of input and advice on this one! I spent the summer and fall so far overhauling my exercise and eating to get healthy. I've lost a few pounds and started feeling so much better.

Now that I'm retired, it is easier to stay consistent with my exercise routine My problem is social events. Whenever I'm at a party or a dinner, my old habits take over and I have no willpower. I eat too much junk then feel terrible and angry with myself the next day. I don't want to sabotage all my hard work. I also don't want my good habits to fall by the wayside until January.

Help me get through this holiday season and face the New Year happier and healthier!!!


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Old 10-27-2019, 11:59 AM
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When party season arrives I try and stick to the low carb choices like fruit or veggies. No desserts. A small wine or two with seltzer in between.
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Old 10-27-2019, 12:07 PM
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Eat something with protein before you go. It will help you to not go over the deep end.
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Old 10-27-2019, 01:15 PM
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Maybe you can eat lighter during the day so you can enjoy some special foods at the events. Congrats on your progress.
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Old 10-27-2019, 01:33 PM
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I drink a lot of water and eat something healthy to fill me up.


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Old 10-27-2019, 02:14 PM
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I always try to eat something healthy before I go. Then I stick to water (mostly) at events and always try to bring something I know I can eat thatís not too bad. It gets easier to bypass the junk, but the urge never truly goes away.
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Old 10-27-2019, 02:44 PM
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I would recommend the book, The Diet Trap Solution by Dr. Beck. It has a whole chapter on holidays, family events, and other difficult situations. She also has 10 foundational principles that work with any program.

It is not an actual diet but a book about getting your mind/outlook right to lose and maintain weight loss. I found it to be an interesting read--it really addresses how your mind is so important in weight loss and maintenance.
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Old 10-27-2019, 03:44 PM
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I would plan ahead so I could have something at the party, whether that included eating a lighter breakfast and lunch or throwing in a bit more exercise that day. Then, when I went to the party, I would indulge in the thing I wanted most, and just have one portion. No one wants to go to a party and not get a chance to enjoy the goodies. Just survey the goods when you get there and then, when you choose your one thing, eat it without any guilt and really enjoy it. If you overeat or have some of everything, you really won't enjoy it because you will know you shouldn't be eating it. If you can't totally enjoy it, why eat it?
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