I love the Christmas season. My husband, though, is one of those guys who hates Christmas music before Thanksgiving. So, each year on Black Friday, the Christmas music is turned on, turned up, and the season officially begins for my family. And in addition to all the music, family time, and the fun of Christmas comes another not so welcomed December tradition- the weight gain of the holidays. This is why I am posting this Christmas weight loss challenge.
If you are new to my blog, you may want to read How I Lost 70 Pounds by Counting Calories to learn a little bit about me. You see, before I lost weight, I would permit myself to gain weight over Christmas. And I would always tell myself that I would lose the weight after the New Year. Sometimes I would, but more often I would not, and the weight started to accumulate.
Do you ever permit yourself to gain weight over Christmas? Well, this Christmas weight loss challenge is for you to NOT give yourself permission to gain weight. Instead, commit to losing weight.
How is this possible? If you saw my logo at the top of the page, you noticed that I am the Food Tracking Momma. I am a proponent of counting calories and logging them into a food diary to help lose weight. Now, if you are rolling your eyes and thinking “no way”, may I please ask that you read the next section before deciding if you will take this challenge?
Why Food Track over the Holidays
- It works! I lost 70 pounds counting calories. And over Thanksgiving I lost one pound. It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But I LOST instead of gained. That works for me!
- You don’t give yourself permission to gain weight. Instead you do the opposite. You commit to the challenge of losing weight (any little bit helps).
- It takes very little time. It takes me less than five minutes a day to track what I ate. How long do you spend on social media? Or watching TV? I’m asking you to commit a very small amount of time to meet this challenge.
- It’s not hard. If you are new, then set your goal calories to a manageable number so that it is not too hard for you to be successful. My daily calories are 1500 and I know that I can make that goal, even over the Christmas season.
If you take up this Christmas weight loss challenge, you might just learn a new way to lose weight. This is not a diet. You can eat whatever you want. Just keep it within your calories. You can do this.
So, I am challenging you! Will you count your calories and track your food/liquid intake throughout the Christmas season? Oh, and by the way, this method is free.
How to do it
- Weigh Yourself– I know! This is one of the hard steps. But it’s critical to know where you are starting and that you will commit to losing weight.
- Choose an electronic food diary app– Choose a food diary app to log your food and help you keep track of your daily calories. There are many good ones to choose from but here are a few suggestions: fatsecret.com, myfitnesspal.com, chronometer.com.
- Calculate your daily calories– Each app will have a way for you to calculate how many calories you can eat and lose weight. This is your calorie goal for each day.
- Just do it– Now track. If you eat it, log it. If you drink a caloric drink, log it. The goal is to eat up to your calorie goal without going over.
Christmas strategies to help
- Keep things in perspective– This is Christmas! This is a time when Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Focus on the birth of Jesus. Don’t beat yourself up. Be kind. Be focused on the true meaning of Christmas. If you do, everything else will fall into place.
- Be realistic– If this is your first time to count calories and track them, then don’t try to lose a bunch of weight over the holidays. Start with just a few pounds. If you are successful then you can aim to start losing more weight in January.
- Go slow– this is not a ‘lose 10 pounds over Christmas by drinking prune juice’ diet. No thanks. I want my Christmas cookie, thank you very much. Give yourself permission to go slow. There are things to rush, but lasting weight loss should never be rushed.
- Consider different traditions– In the past, my sisters, my mom and I gathered for a Christmas cookie exchange. I really don’t want to have access to a copious number of cookies this month. So instead of meeting to make cookies, I’m going to suggest we meet to go shopping and to have a fun girls day out.
- Increase activity– I don’t exercise that much. But I do chase a toddler around most of the day and that keeps me fairly active. But, during December, I do plan to increase my activity. ANYTHING. Any extra calories burned will help.
- Don’t drink your calories– Many times people increase their alcohol and caloric drink consumption during the holidays. This is one place I recommend you do try to reduce. Liquid calories are often hidden sources of weight gain.
Don’t try to do this alone. Find yourself a support system. Let your friends know that you have accepted this challenge. Share this challenge on Facebook and have some friends join you! I recommend you CLICK HERE to subscribe to this blog and let me help you live life more healthy and abundantly (John 10:10). You will receive the FREE eBook LOSING WEIGHT WITH FOOD TRACKING.
You can do this! I have committed to this challenge. Now who is with me? Please comment and let me know if you commit.