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Who feels distracted?

I'm feeling very distracted from my weigh loss plan. I'll be so glad when the holidays are over and I can get back into my routine. Anyone else feel the same?

Fri. Dec 21, 1:43pm

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Me too! I just want to lie on my couch and eat popcorn and watch movies.

Friday, December 21, 2007, 1:47 PM

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Yes, it's been hard this holiday season with all the treats people bring to work, and the parties and stuff. I've managed to keep losing weight during this time, but it's been extremely difficult and distracting.

Friday, December 21, 2007, 2:21 PM

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You're right, but it is so comforting to know that others are going thru the same feelings as I am!!! My exercise has gone out the window, and my baking has totally derailed me! Thanks for being there!

Friday, December 21, 2007, 2:35 PM

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one of my tricks when baking for others.. make a smoothie so refreshing and sweet naturally.. I dont taste the cookies. I leave that to my family.

Friday, December 21, 2007, 2:52 PM

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Good thread! I like that some people are still losing weight despite all the goodies and sweets that are available.

Friday, December 21, 2007, 3:01 PM

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not only are the christmas goodies everywhere, we've also had several birthday parties at work this week... it's sooooooooo hard. although, i am eating LESS goodies than i did last year, and i'm thankful for that!

i'm looking forward to being focused!

Friday, December 21, 2007, 3:22 PM

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Right now I'm baking a gingerbread house for all the kids in the family, and I've discovered that you can chew gum, drink water, and eat cookie dough, all at the same time!

Friday, December 21, 2007, 3:30 PM

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3:03 LOL I've made many such discoveries!

Friday, December 21, 2007, 8:42 PM

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es.pecially when the Christmas Blues are around

Saturday, December 22, 2007, 7:46 PM

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what are the Christmas blues?

Saturday, December 22, 2007, 8:32 PM

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Christmas blues = depression. This time of year brings about a lot of reflection, and it doesn't always go well.

Cardiologists will tell you that they get a surge of patients with chest pains/palpitations in Nov-Dec; they've unofficially termed it "holiday heart syndrome". Ah, anxiety, depression's close companion.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 12:44 AM

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Yes, the Christmas blues have lead to one day of total crazy eating for me. I really would like to get back to my routine and my goals. I am not going to fight the blues but will try to limit my thoughts to the present. One day at a time.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 9:50 AM

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When baking. Make sugar free things. I do and there are allot less calories in them. I have allot of diabetics in the family so I make treats no one will ever know are sugar free. You can even make sugar free sugar cookies. And they make a great brown sugar substitute that is sugar free! Just some ideas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 11:43 AM

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Yeah I too go through a bit of sadness during the holidays. I already have anxiety/depression so it makes it worse. Last year was just so awful. I was sad for a week and a half during break and even cried on Christmas eve. Luckily this year I'm doing okay. Just not looking forward to seeing extended family on Christmas LOL. I also hate how the holidays have become a consumer holiday. It's silly. Ppl make such a big deal about buying presents. Luckily my immediate family don't do presents.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 2:01 PM

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I think everyone has forgotten what the holidays are really about. It has become a consumer holiday, just like valentines day is now a hallmark holiday. Its terrible what has happened. If you don't like something than I think you just shouldn't do it. Even if it has to do with family, why do so many people feel a need to completely stress themselves out and create an environment that leads them to do things they just don't want to and gain weight and end up feeling bad about themselves. I no longer do christmas stuff with people I don't enjoy, even if it is family. I announce well in advance that I have other plans and am not sure whether or not I can do the whole family thing this year. It has worked for me for the last 3 years and now I enjoy a calm, and stress free holiday. I do go places and spend time with people I love and enjoy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 2:13 PM

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2:01 here

Yeah I wish I could do the same and not go see family. Unfortunately, my mom is going (its her family; my dad has to work) and if I'm not there, then I'm seen as being disrespectful. It's not like my mom likes her family either; she just doesn't have an excuse (she made herself available to work on Thanksgiving haha). I actually wish I had to work that day lol. Maybe once I'm done with school and have a "real" job within the next two years I can plan my own little excursion.

Also, I wish people could stop obsessing over presents. I've had people ask me what I want for Christmas and I say nothing and they are suprised. I feel like I have all the resources that I need and to reach my goals, compared to many others in this world.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 2:35 PM

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I can't wait to get back on track. But I know I will. I haven't gained any,....yet! But I haven't worked out in a week and have been eating way too many sweets and let me tell you, my body is letting me know it! My face has been greasy, I haven't gone to the bathroom (If you know what I mean) and I feel tired! Blech! But, I am enjoying myself and visiting with family!

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 9:45 PM

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My temporary, mini-goal, is to just try not to gain. I've temporarily put the weight loss on hold. As long I can limit myself enough to maintain until New Years, I'll be not only happy, but proud.

Sunday, December 23, 2007, 11:45 PM

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OP HERE...

My Goodness! I'm obviously not alone here. Thanks for all your comments.

I've resolved to just trying to maintain my current weight. Once we get 2008 under way...its back in full swing to lose the last 10-15 lbs and start dating again.

You want to know something depressing about the Holidays? Well get this...I just bought a house (my 1st house) 3 months ago. I was burglarized last week. However, the perps did not get in since I have an alarm. 3 other homes were hit last week. 2 were successful break ins and 2 were attempted. Just awful!!!! Some people are terrible.

Monday, December 24, 2007, 2:44 PM

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im so tired of food right now, and in an hour Ill be eating again. the good part is that in a few days all will be calm and we will be so sick of fats and sugars and BLOATING sodium we will all drop at least 3 pounds of water weight by next week!!
good luck all!!

and OP
2008 will so go your way!! the wheel of life, it spins and you will soon be on top again! p.s. congrats on your new home! (and on your great alarm system!)

Monday, December 24, 2007, 6:08 PM

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Thanks 6:08

Thanks for your reassuring comments!!!!! Happy Holidays every body and hang in there!

Monday, December 24, 2007, 8:35 PM

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Christmas is hard in our home. My fiance's mom died the 26th 2 years ago now...so it is always hard. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, December 24, 2007, 9:23 PM

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Christmas time is so hard. I am single (divorced) and alone. I feel sad and it sucks. I am so glad it is almost over. I wish I didn't feel that way about the holidays, but I have been feeling awful for a few weeks now and cried last night and again today. I would have wanted to stay in bed all day if it were not going to cause a huge stir with the family. UGH.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007, 7:37 PM

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Yes, definitely feeling the distraction factor here!

I am always sorry to hear there are so many people dealing with depression and tragedy now or any other time of year. I hope things get better for you.

To the rest of you (and me) just keep your eyes on the prize or the goals you have set for yourself! There will always be distractions although I know the holidays always tend to have more.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 2:52 AM

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Boy, am I glad OP started this thread. I've been edgy since Thanksgiving, as I continue to normalize eating for myself (eg: not going whole hog). Still, I welcome the end of the holidays for a return to a comforting routine. And the return of results. Sigh. Happy Holidays, my beloved PT'ers!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 5:51 PM

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Now that Christmas is over I feel like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders, which is good, b/c I'm now dealing with extra weight around my middle! It's amazing what a few weeks of mindless eating and little or no exercise can do. My distractions are over and I'm back on!

Thursday, December 27, 2007, 8:01 AM

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