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12/24/11 12:47 P

I agree on the food aspect. I got up early to grill a brisket on my Weber, I will eat some of it without guilt or worry. I am also losing the battle against my favorite cookie, some battles are worth losing! I always think about the cost/payoff of foods, but don't exclude anything I like, I just partake less frequently and in (usually) smaller amounts.

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12/23/11 8:07 A

I'll admit, I have it easy this year. I have absolutely nothing going on for the holidays and have had no parties to attend. This is not always true. My philosophy is this, holidays make up less than 3% of the total days in a year. If you throw in a vacation day or 3, you're probably flirting with 5-6% of total days in a year. So if I get my diet right 95% of the time, why should the 5% matter? Holidays are about enjoying folks and food. Now I'm not saying I go all out. Admittedly, since adopting better choices, I do adhere to that a lot more than I did in the past, but sometimes I don't. Holidays are more or less a free pass to me. I do what I want. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it isn't, but I don't dwell on it.

Like ERICWS, I would probably pass on the 2500 cals because spaghetti parm isn't worth the price (in calories), where in the past, I would not have given it any thought at all. But if someone is cooking up filet and bacon, I'm going to "power through" it and go back for seconds. hehehe.

That's just my rationale/opinion. Whatever works for you, of course!

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12/22/11 6:00 A

Once again, I agree w/ HG- I enjoy working out, so I "power through" as it is a stress release and something I look forward to!

I am cutting back as far as indulging in the yearly rich food onslaught, though- I am severely limiting cookie and dessert consumption, and will skip the company spaghetti parm 2500 calorie per plate lunch today!

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12/21/11 11:38 P

Yes, I don't have to do all the other stuff, like go to work, which gives me more time to work out, plus, I have fun doing it! Maybe Santa will bring me something new in fitness to try!

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12/21/11 8:55 P

yes no sort of.
I will be eating less
I will be eating healthier
I will eat a few holiday cookies and drink a spiked eggnog
I will eat my wife and sisters favorite turkey and sweet potatos without attempting to get them to alter thier recipes.
I will drink my water.
I will get right back to my regular diet routine as soon as the turkey is gone!

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12/21/11 3:40 P

Are you going to stick to your program even on days when you are traveling or going to Holiday parties?

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