Holiday season and cheat days
October through December can feel like one continuous holiday challenge, what with the stores starting so early with all the Halloween candy etc. Then there's Thanksgiving and Christmas, and in my family, my own birthday and my daughter's birthday!
Usually, my cheat days are Saturdays. But to navigate it all last year, I took the calendar down in October and marked each of those special days as a cheat day. Where there were long spans between, I chose another day midway as a cheat day. In all, I had about the same number of cheat days for the 3-month period than I would have had if they all had been Saturdays.
The result was that I was able to sail through the entire season knowing that I would not be deprived of (or feeling guilty about) any of the traditonal holiday foods and by the time the new year came, I was actually 15 lbs lighter than I had been at the beginning of October! This was the coolest thing ever, since prior to doing SCD (I've been doing it 17 months now), I'd usually find myself gaining at least 10 lbs each holiday season.
Just thought I'd pass along that tip because it was one that really worked well for me (and also made me feel like some kind of genius. LOL!)
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Way to go!! I did that exact same thing from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve! I, too, lost 14 lbs in the holiday season. NOW I don't expect to lose this holiday season. I want to maintain(even though I am still losing btw!) So, I will navigate my cheat day through the holidays. Extend if I need to extend and shorten if that is the case. I am half-hoping my Hubby will be just about DONE with strict slow carbing that we can relax a bit over the holidays. Yeah that may mean a bit of gain, but nothing that can' t be lost with 5 days of slow carbing, right?
I find myself still keeping to 100% slow carb and doing a cheat day because I am just so used to it. I have to "wean" myself off of the cheat day(which is sometimes, if not almost always a bit bingey). But, I rather enjoy my cheat days. I find if I relax "too much" I fear I may go backwards again...which is what I am subconsciously thinking as I am in maintenance mode, BUT still losing.
I figure once I hit my body fat % goal, which is closer than it was a few weeks ago and gave me renewed motivation to go further. And hubby is at his goal, then I can start ramping up having less bingey cheat days, and have a more relaxed cheat weekend with Monday-Friday being closer to strict slow carb, but more of a balance as we'd be incorporating non-SCD foods during the week as well.
It's all about self-experimentation....right? Good Luck this year! I hope to maintain my weight throughout the holidays as well.
I don't think it's as difficult as it has to be...
Halloween? Well, candy is all-around, it's up to you if you want to indulge or not.
I actually don't think Thanksgiving or Christmas will be an issue because I can eat plenty of turkey and ham. My bigger issue is when there isn't anything SCD friendly at the table. As long as there is something there that I can eat, I'm good...
I was just thinking about this myself, thanksgiving, christmas, and my birthday are all coming up soon. I know I'll adjust but the rule is no less than 5 days no more than 9 right? For christmas and my birthday I'm gonna have to pick one or the other since they are continuous. I'll have to do some calendar crunching to see what I come up with.
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