Getting Back on Track after the Holidays


Now for the last question from the Mompreneurs Twitter party I was a guest expert on a couple weeks ago.  Before Christmas.  Time does fly….

Q5:  If I do put on a few extra pounds over the holidays, what’s the best way to get back on track without feeling deprived?

  • First realize that it’s normal to put on a few pounds.  If you aren’t weighing yourself, however, u might not even know it.
  • After the holidays, stock the house with what you really want to eat.  If it continues to be treats, you may be caught up in deprivation.
  • Plan regular, well-balanced meals and make them happen.  If you feed yourself regularly, won’t be so tempted by what u don’t really want.
  • Get regular physical activity.  Doesn’t have to be extreme.  Walking is a great way to take care of yourself physically.
  • Manage stress.  Weight worries are one of greatest stressors for many women.  Start thinking about health instd.  Focus on feeling great.

Were you able to get some self-care time in this holiday season?  If not, now’s a great time to start!

7 responses to “Getting Back on Track after the Holidays”

  1. Julie Trevor says:

    Short, “sweet” and to the point – I like that.

  2. Sagan says:

    I like this. I think it’s important to just go back to “normal”, to prevent further weight gain, and once you’re on track with your regular healthy way of eating you can do just a little more exercise and start cutting back on the food indulgences a little bit to lose the couple of extra pounds that were gained over the holidays.
    .-= Sagan’s last blog post..Perspective Adjustment =-.

  3. Marsha says:

    @Julie — Twitter is so great for keeping it to the point. Otherwise, I can get carried away.

    @Sagan — My point about stocking the house (or office or wherever) with what you really want to eat speaks to your point, I think. If we surround ourselves with what we really want and minimize the other foods (notice I said minimize, not necessarily eliminate), we can help our bodies naturally adjust. We won’t have to devote a lot of attention to “cutting back” or feel like we need to increase our exercise to lose a few temporary pounds Don’t know about you but I can get really tired of having to pay close attention to what I eat. Sometimes I’d rather make things sort of automatic (translated: easy to do without thinking too much about it). As far as exercise, if I’m doing it to burn calories, I have trouble with motivation. I’d rather leave exercise to the realm of making me feel good.

    See, I told Julie I can get long-winded. 🙂

  4. Great tips Marsha! It’s very hard to get back on track after the holidays – especially with leftovers and holiday baskets still around the office. In addition to your tips, I also recommend people write down their goals to keep them more in tune to what they want to accomplish. For more on this you can check out my blog post from last week. Happy new year!
    .-= Nutritioulicious’s last blog post..Real Maple Syrup =-.

  5. Marsha says:

    You are so right, Michelle. Guilt has no place in our eating yet it is a prevalent emotion that drives a lot of disordered eating. Glad you’re giving it up!

  6. Julie Trevor says:

    I should add that even my short 2 week stay at Green Mountain has had a lasting impact. To the best of my recollection this is the FIRST time I have ever gotten back on track so quickly and inclusively after the holidays.
    I have never before restarted my exercise (in this case weight training) after missing a few days…my thinking has definitely changed.
    Re: eating…when you spend your entire life worrying about dieting, it’s difficult to say that you’ve never recommitted to healthy eating after a few days of making other choices, but I would say it’s different this time because it’s simpler eat what I want, when I want it, in quantity sufficient to satisfy AND feeling good in my clothes, skin and body while doing it.

  7. Marsha says:

    You are doing so well, Julie! Congratulations!!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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