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I LOVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
This is my favorite time of year. The end of the year holiday season. There is a slight chill in the air that comes with the Fall and I know the holiday season is coming soon. I start getting excited in September when I see the seasonal, limited edition pumpkin-flavored foods popping up in stores. By October, Halloween candy is everywhere and I am in full-on holiday mode. I am looking forward to my kids in cute Halloween costumes and my birthday which follows soon after (Yay!). In my head, I’m already making plans for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas filled with fun, family, shopping friends and food. I am looking forward to matching Christmas PJs, decorating the Christmas trees, baking cookies, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, our family traditions and all sorts of other holiday fun. I want to fully enjoy the season and take in all the sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season that comes once a year.
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HOLIDAY DIETING SUCKS!
But then I start to feel a twinge of “oh no”. You know that feeling. I want to enjoy and get all into the holiday spirit, but I feel that I can’t fully indulge because I don’t want to gain weight. Because let’s be honest. From October 1st to January 1st, it’s just three months of cookies, candy, cakes and other delicious confections. And as we are about to go into another holiday season, I am faced with those thoughts and feelings of “I don’t want to follow a holiday diet”, “I don’t want to be in diet mode over the holidays” and “I want to have fun over the holidays and not be worried about what I eat.” I go through this every holiday. We all go through it. I mean, just the thought of a holiday diet makes me sad. But I am here to tell you that you can lose and not gain weight over the holidays. I know because I did it. And trust me, if I did it, you can do it too. Here’s how I did it. I was a busy mom taking care of twin babies plus my oldest child. I had 3 children under the age of four. I didn’t have the time to work out every day or think about what I was eating. I was just trying to sleep through the night. After about a year, my twins did start sleeping through the night but I was still exhausted from the sheer amount of work I had to do every day. By the time nighttime came, all I wanted to do was plop down on the couch in front of the television, get a snack and drink alcohol. And that’s exactly what I did each night. But as a result, I was over 200 lbs and couldn’t fit into my jeans or any of my old clothes. I had lost all my baby weight from after having my first child. But I had no idea when or how I would be able to lose my baby weight from having my twins. I just had the mindset that I could never be skinny again and I’d be a thick girl for the rest of my life. I was slowly, in my mind, just accepting the weight.
I JOINED REDBOOK MAGAZINE’S WEDDING DRESS CHALLENGE
Then, one day by chance, I came across a study that was looking for people who wanted to lose weight so they can fit back into their wedding dress. The people sponsoring the study were not revealed but I was instantly interested. I definitely wanted to lose weight but didn’t think I could ever fit back into my wedding dress. When I got married I was 150 pounds. I was my thinnest and fittest self when I walked down the aisle. I was a workout queen and only “good” carbs rarely passed through my lips. But now, I was a far cry from the girl who wore that wedding dress years ago. I sent an email to the group conducting the study and they responded by asking me to sent them photos of my in my wedding dress (at my wedding) and what I looked like now. They also wanted me to tell them why I wanted to lose the weight and how I gained the weight. I sent them back my pictures and story and guess what? I made it into the program. And to my complete surprise, I found out that Redbook magazine was sponsoring this program. Redbook provided the participants with expert fitness trainers, nutritionists and personalized help to get us through the process. I was excited to be working with Redbook magazine but I was more excited to have support and coaching through a weight loss program. I had everything at my disposal that I needed to lose the weight. I just had to do it and that was the hard part.
MY ACTUAL HOLIDAY DIET
So what exactly did I do to lose the weight? Well, I can’t give you any of the proprietary information that the trainers and nutritionists gave me, because that’s their livelihood. But I can tell you that on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, I was able to eat whatever I wanted. That’s right, even though I was dieting over the holidays, I wasn’t dieting on the actual holiday. Cool, right? But the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was back to my eating plan. And you know what? I was okay with that because the pounds were dropping off and that inspired me to stay on track. But if you’re reading this, you probably want to know exactly what I did to lose the weight over the holiday. So, if you want my holiday diet or my actual eating plans and workout routines, check out my eBook “Diet”. Hopefully, it will help you shed those excess pounds you want to lose. I am so thankful to Redbook magazine for allowing me to participate in this program. We had glamorous photo shoots in New York City to document our “before” and “after” bodies. It was a great way to mark the beginning and end of the program. It was like a celebration. I got to meet the other participants and the staff at Redbook magazine. The stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists at the shoots were amazing. All the ladies – and the one dude – were super sweet. Everyone was so cool! It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of. When I began working with Redbook magazine, my goal was to lose 20 pounds and fit back into my wedding dress. I did this program over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s and I lost a total of 18 lbs. I was able to get back into my wedding dress and a lot of other clothes that I had not been able to wear. Dieting over the holidays wasn’t super fun, but you know what? I didn’t gain one pound over the holidays. Not one. I actually lost weight. I would gladly do it again. It was a wonderful experience.
YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT FOLLOWING MY HOLIDAY DIET, TOO
At the beginning of the holiday season – or any other time of year – it may seem impossible to lose weight. But know that you can maintain and even lose weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas. I did it without skimping on my Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners and I didn’t follow an extreme diet. I wasn’t working out twice a day or spending 2 hours in the gym. I’m a busy mom of 3 young girls – including a set of twins and I was able to follow and succeed at a realistic plan that allowed me to lose weight safely. I am the original cookie monster. If I can succeed at losing weight over the holidays, I know I can help you do it too. I am here to offer you my support. To learn exactly how I did it, check out my eBook “The Busy Mom’s Guide on How to Lose Weight Fast: How Redbook Magazine Helped Me Lose 18 Pounds” where I tell you my exact holiday diet. I detail everything from my workouts, meal plans and more.
And let me know in the comments what you do over the holidays? Do you diet during the holidays? Diet after New Year’s? Or just go with the flow?