Does Thanksgiving stress you out? It used to be so stressful for me. There is so much GREAT tasting food. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream, YUM!
Now I enjoy Thanksgiving stress-free. I can do so because I have a plan for enjoying Thanksgiving while still continuing my weight loss journey. Here are four key elements of my plan.
Visualize having fun
Visualization is a performance tool used in sports psychology. In visualization you visualize what success feels like. When I was playing basketball I would visualize my sinking a free throw. I would visualize me holding the ball correctly, the fluid motion of my body and hands, the release, the ball in the air and then going through the basket. It works!
I do the same steps at Thanksgiving. I visualize what a great Thanksgiving feels like to me. I feel love. I can taste the pies and cookies. I see myself having fun. I also visualize doing things that will not diminish my fun but will help me from going overboard. This vision I convert into a Thanksgiving plan on how to still have fun, still eat a lot of great tasting food while still managing the process so I don’t go overboard. Try doing visualization before Thanksgiving. If it works for you like it does for me you will have a great time at Thanksgiving without the stress of worrying about what you are eating.
Get off the bathroom scale
If getting on a bathroom scale promoted weight loss then we would be fashion model thin. That bathroom scale is our enemy. It just stresses us out.
I do not get on a bathroom scale between now and April 1, 2017. That is because I now know that following the ten best practices in The Boomer Generation Diet will get me into my Spring clothes. In fact I now wear clothes I last wore in 1997. (So I am thinner but out of style, haha!)
The Boomer Generation Diet lets you get off the scale, enjoy Thanksgiving and still achieve sustained weight loss
Friend time is weight loss time
Friends are hugely important in achieving weight loss. A successful weight loss journey includes developing friends that align with your desire to get healthier.
The Holidays are a perfect time to explore for new friends or further strengthen old friendships. Ask them about their ideas on how to have fun and still sustain weight loss. Explore if any would like to do outdoor playtime. I am always pleasantly surprised at how engaged people are on this topic. It is a great way to start or expand a friend network of mutual support for a weight loss journey.
Use a snack plan to avoid those cookies
We are at great risk from impulse eating during Thanksgiving. I use a snack plan as a defense against munching all day on cookies and cakes laying around the workplace or home.
Here’s my snack plan:
10 am I get hungry after breakfast. I have sliced apples ready to eat. That helps me avoid those holiday coffee cakes!
2 pm I get hungry after lunch. I have a banana ready to eat. That helps me avoid cookies.
5 pm I have happy hour because I am hungry again and I want time with family or friends. I typically have salt free chips cooked in canola oil with homemade guacamole. That sustains me until dinner.
The key is to not allow yourself to get hungry. Hunger promotes impulse eating and impulse eating is fattening!
Lose weight, have fun and live more+
Being able to lose weight and still have holiday fun was a breakthrough in my personal weight loss journey. Using the Boomer Generation Diet’s best practices can make it so for you too!
About the author
Bill Roth is a clean tech pioneer who led the team that launched the first hydrogen fueled Prius. He is a featured contributor on Triple Pundit and Latin Business Today. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, has been used by thousands of business people to implement proven green best practices that make money and a difference. Bill’s latest book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is his personal story on how to achieve sustained weight loss while still having fun and living more. The book’s ten customizable best practices are the sustainable solutions to our national weight crisis that threatens our health and medical cost bankruptcy.