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It’s that time of year again–the time when we throw caution to the wind, ignore all of our boundaries, and eat, eat, eat! It comes right before the New Year’s resolutions season–when we vow to lose weight, get back on the wagon, and then suffer, suffer, suffer, trying to get those pounds off again.
Here’s my question: is it really worth all that eating when you think of the consequences? Or would it be better to avoid holiday weight gain and stick to our boundaries?
That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast!
In today’s episode, we’ll be renewing our minds with the Holiday/Vacation Eating questions and a couple of the Bible verses from the I Deserve a Donut app. I’ve included the questions and an example of how I might answer them below as well.
11 Questions That Will Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually thinking about what I’d like to eat over the holidays, not what I’d like to weigh! This is an important question to ask, though, because it reminds us: Oh, that’s right. If I eat what I want, I won’t end up weighing what I want. Maybe I better be a little careful.
2. What will you need to do to accomplish your goal?
This will be different for each of us, depending on our boundaries. One of my current boundaries (thinking of making it a lifelong boundary) is no sweets unless it’s a social occasion or a holiday.
I was thinking of adding sweets for the holidays since I love Christmas cookies. Then I did this podcast, answered the questions and thought, Wait a minute. If I start adding in cookies, I’ll get out of the “no sweets” mindset and it will be really hard to get back into it.
So I’ve decided to stick to my regular boundaries. Taking the time to renew my mind (while working on the podcast) made me see the logic of following my boundaries, and now I actually want to follow them.
3. Will eating as much as you want make the holiday more fun? Explain, taking all factors into consideration.
No. It may be fun in the moment, but it’s not fun to a) gain weight, b) dread losing it, c) not fit into clothes, d) feel crummy from all that food, e) be tired all the time, and f) feel discouraged about ever being able to lose weight and keep it off.
4. What usually happens when you eat as much as you want on holidays and vacations?
All of the above, right? When we adopt an “it’s the holidays–let’s eat!!!” mindset, we don’t usually stop at moderate. Instead we eat far more than is good for us and end up discouraged and five or ten pounds heavier than when we began.
5. Do you want that to happen?
No. I don’t think we do. Do you?
6. Will you need to modify your boundaries during this vacation/holiday to make them easier to follow?
This will also be different for each of us. I’m not planning on modifying mine much, although I may have more friends over so I can eat more Christmas cookies. :) (If you’re my friend and I invite you over, don’t worry, I’m not just inviting you over so I can eat cookies.)
7. What do you think would be the most effective boundaries to use?
Again, think about this. You know your personality. You know if you do better sticking to a schedule without changes, or if you would be better modifying your boundaries a bit. Try to decide ahead of time, and not when that leftover pumpkin pie is staring you in the face!
8. Are boundaries easy to follow, or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?
We almost always have to give up something to follow our boundaries. That’s why we have them–because we know we tend to be out of control in that area of our life. Because of that, we should expect that at times it will be difficult to follow them. It’s inevitable.
9. What will have to give up to follow your boundaries this time?
I will have to give up my normal two or three cookie a day Christmas habit and my eggnog and whip cream for lunch most days habit. But it will be worth it! Can you think of any things you might need to give up?
10. What will you gain if you follow your boundaries?
Lots! We won’t gain weight. We’ll feel more energetic. We’ll be one step closer to lifelong maintenance with food. And we’ll feel hopeful. Come January 1st, we’ll be happy we stuck to those boundaries!
11. When you think of what you’ll gain, is it worth the sacrifice?
If you struggle with holiday eating, it might be helpful to go through these questions every few days over the holidays. I give a little more info on the podcast but wanted to include the basics here in case you don’t have time to listen to podcasts.
If you’d like more help, click here to read a post I wrote for my friend Melanie’s blog that includes a lie/truth chart with lies, truths, and Bible verses that will help you avoid holiday weight gain.
Discussion: Do you have any other tips for avoiding holiday weight gain?