Weekly Weigh in PLUS 8 Diet-friendly Strategies for Staying On Track During The Holidays #NSNATION

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I rode a bike this week.  Not a lot, but I rode a bike.  Me.  I didn’t even hyperventilate.  Of course, I was only going up and down the driveway.  But still.  I did it. I DID IT!

I also did some jumproping with my FitKit.  Again, not a lot, but some.  A start. I was pretty proud of myself for even trying.

I also decided to grill my Italian Flatbread Pizza since I had the grill turned on for asparagus anyway.  (Please note, shorten the cooking time when using a grill. I almost didn’t think to do that…)  Holy yum.  Seriously.  I love grilled pizza and the way the Nutrisystem pizza tasted rocked.  I put lots of broccoli on top as usual, but oh, it was delish.  Why is it that grilling makes things taste so yummy?

All this, and I lost a pound.  I have officially broken the 25 pound mark.  Literally 25.3, but 25 lbs feels to me like a milestone.  The pants I wore that were snug just three months ago are TOO big.  I have pants I wore last summer that I can wear but are honestly too big.  Nothing has been too big in a very, very long time.

I’d also found a pair of Columbia capris last summer on clearance, and couldn’t pass up the price.  When I got them home that day, I tried them on.  I couldn’t get them over my hips.

I’m wearing those capris now.  They fit nicely.  On me.

I can’t wait until those get too big.  I need to keep moving and exercising.  I also really need to get a bike helmet so any recommendations anyone has are much appreciated!!

Tomorrow is Easter, lots of tempations around.  Including jelly beans, which I already had several of while filling eggs.  We’ll see if I can keep that scale to stay the same or drop next week!!

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8 Simple Steps to Stay on Track During the Spring Holidays

The holiday season is a dreaded time for many people on a weight loss program, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are eight easy ways you can enjoy the celebration days without feeling punished or sacrificing your (Nutrisystem) progress.

1. Have a plan. Think things through before you get to the actual holiday meals and parties. Maybe your strategy is to take tiny portions of different dishes; that’s okay. If you’re cooking, you might want to have your bottle of water with you in the kitchen, so you’re less tempted to snack. Do what you can to stay away from the appetizer table. Plan to avoid anything that’s not homemade. The point is that if you go in with a plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught off-guard.

2. Stay on track. Holidays are not the time to skip meals in an attempt to “bank” calories. That’s a strategy that can backfire miserably. Instead, eat everything on your meal plan leading up to the holiday event, and make sure you’re drinking all your water. You’ll be less likely to overindulge at the big event.

3. Set a goal. There’s something about holidays that makes people forget what they do the rest of the year. Do you already have weight loss goals set up for November, December and January? If not you can start today. Once you’ve set a short-term goal, decide on a way to reward yourself once the goal has been reached.

4. Drink smart. Face it, overindulging during holiday events—whether it’s an office party, a family gathering or a neighborhood open house—can add a lot of extra calories to your day. In addition, when you’ve had too much to drink, it tends to weaken your previous resolve and derail any strategies and plans you might have had. Besides, you don’t want to end up as that karaoke-singing family member or neighbor everyone will be talking about for the next month.

5. Trim the calories. This tip is especially useful if you happen to be the primary cook for an event. In baked items, replace the fat with an equal amount of applesauce and the sugar with a sugar substitute; substitute a quarter cup of egg substitute for every egg called for in the recipe; replace whole milk with 1% milk and sour cream with yogurt; reduce the amount of nuts called for by half. And don’t forget both veggies and salad.

6. Enlist support. Trying to maintain your Nutrisystem program can be hard at the holidays, but there’s no reason you have to go it alone. Ask for your family’s understanding or even their help, so nobody’s trying to foist “seconds” on you. Nutrisystem counselors can help you strategize, based on your individual circumstances. Or you can go to the Nutrisystem Discussion Boards, where you’ll find people who definitely understand what you’re trying to do. Discuss your concerns; share tips of your own, or join one of the many weight loss challenges. Some of them are specifically geared to the holidays. Introduce yourself well before the event, so you have that support already in place.

7. Keep moving. Instead of just sitting around after dinner, suggest a family walk, or organize a touch-football game. Most people will be grateful for the chance to move around, and it can keep you on-track with your exercise plan.

8. Embrace the spirit. This last tip may just be the most important: You can get so caught up in all the planning and hoopla that you lose the whole meaning of the holiday season—coming together with friends and loved ones. It’s the time that’s really valuable, not the food and drink.

Remember, it’s Quality not Quantity

If you do plan to indulge in some of the traditional holiday foods, please use these portions as a guideline:

Turkey —3 oz. white meat, no skin (about the size of a deck of cards)

Mashed potatoes—1/3 cup (about the size of half of a baseball)

Gravy—1 Tbsp. (just drizzle it)

Relish made with sugar—1 Tbsp.

Stuffing—2 Tbsp.

Dinner Roll—if not homemade, skip it

Pie—1/12 of a 9” pie

All products have been provided to me free of charge as a selected blogger of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are 100% mine and no monetary compensation was given for my opinion.

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

2 comments… add one
  • I have to say I so happy to here you say you are proud of your self for even trying to jump rope and ride a bike. It is easy to get down on your self for not trying. I'm wishing for the very best in your success in your weight loss and healthy life style journey. Now if only I could decide upon a course of action for myself.
  • 25 pounds???? Girl you are rocking this diet! How exciting to be in those fabulous capris! Before you know it they WILL be to big too! I am so very very proud of you!!!! Keep up the great work!

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