Holiday Weight Loss Tips and Weekly Weigh In

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Tomorrow is the big Turkey Day!  What are you thankful for?  Above all, I’m thankful for my family.  And, on a serious note, I realize that my weight could be shortening my time with them.  Isn’t that the best reason for wanting to lose weight – your health?  Okay, enough, I’m stopping before I need the tissue box….

I’m hanging in there – this week was what I call a “stabilizing week”.   I didn’t lose a lot, but I’m happy to still be losing.  I was reminded this week that Diet + Exercise = Weight Loss.  Rosie and I were playing and I pulled a muscle in my back.  Waiting for it to heal, I’ve been sitting around and not exercising.  It makes a difference!


21 Days

Starting Weight:  185.0

Current Weight:  176.2

Total Loss:  8.8

Goal Weight:  145.0

For everyone trying to control their weight, here are some Holiday Weight Loss Tips from Nutrisystem:

Holiday Survival Smarts

Diet-friendly Strategies for The Holiday Season and Beyond

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: Quality not Quantity

If you do plan to indulge in some of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, 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

Disclosure: If you are interested in joining or learning more about Nutrisystem you can do so here or call 888-853-4689. 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.


  1. 1

    “Weigh” to go! :)

    I agree, improving your health is certainly one of the best things you can do for your family.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. 2

    Way to keep the positive mojo going :) Did you measure yourself at the beginning. I bet you are losing inches, too!!!
    WAY TO GO Kelly!!

    (I stumbled you!!)

  3. 3

    Awesome job! Losing weight is hard work! Kudos to you!
    You’ve been stumbled!

  4. 4


    I struggle with my weight right now too. I just had my second baby six months ago and I’m so tired most of the time that I haven’t even thought about losing the weight.

  5. 5

    You are awesome!! Keep up the great job!! Remember losing weight is a journey, not a race :) Meredith

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