If you have not done so, be sure to LIKE the Healthy Through The Holidays Facebook page to join the contest.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about this contest. Not just because my sponsors from the Bariatric Breakthrough Challenge conference series have donated awesome prizes, but because I am looking forward to us all doing this together and getting through the Holiday season without feeling like we are off of our programs and having gained a few pounds and feeling bad.
I want us all to wake up January 1 with a smile and feeling like there are no resolutions to be made, just a continuance of everything we have already been doing. Each week there will be a blog to lay out that week’s instructions. This is going to be fun and will not take up too much time.
I have had several people email me and say they are not weight loss surgery patients, but want to participate and try to get through the holidays without weight gain and you are all welcome! I will try to tweak what we are doing to fit your lifestyle as well and healthy eating is healthy eating regardless of whether or not you have a body that has gone under the knife!
I am 150% committed to doing this with you all and so is Ben. We are keeping the notebooks just like you. The only difference is we cannot win! I want the 2011 holiday season to be about feeling joy and feeling healthy and spending time with your family and participating in traditions for your particular holidays that make you feel good and feeling good is a big part of overall health.
For so many of us, we spent years trapped in the clutches of the disease of obesity and it takes more than just surgery and losing the weight to stay clear of the monster. We also spent years beating ourselves up and thinking something was wrong with us because we couldn’t keep the weight off. Those days are over.
This week will not feature a lot of heavy exercise or food challenges but is really focused on reflection and preparation!
We are going to spend the next 7 weeks realizing what strong and amazing people we are and just how much we deserve to start 2012 off HAPPY, JOYFUL, AND HEALTHY.
Are you ready?
HERE WE GO!
For week one, I want to start by getting back to good habits and also by remembering how far we have come. I want each of you to get a before picture of yourselves and tape it or glue it to the first page of your notebooks. Put the date and your before weight at the top of the page. Here is mine. Taken right before my surgery. Nothing fancy, just a picture is all you need.
Often times, we will regain 10 or 15 pounds and all of a sudden we think we are failure and the tool is broken and we cannot call ourselves a success. NOTHING could be farther from the truth. For the next 7 weeks, EVERY TIME you get frustrated or feel bad about your journey, I want you to look at that picture and realize that every pound you have kept off since then is another pound closer to optimal health and be proud!
Remember that there is no end to this journey and we are all lifetime “works in progress”.
Now to get week one in gear- Every day this week, I want you to commit to doing two things for me. This is really a preparation week. At the top of the page, Write WEEK 1- and also write TAKE MY VITAMINS!!!! Each day, I want you to write down in your notebook At LEAST one thing you did that day that you couldn’t or wouldn’t do before surgery.
That is another initiative this week. We all need to remember to take our vitamins so if it is written on the top of your notebook page for the week, then that should help! Here is how mine looks:
Each day, after you write your one thing down, you have to also post it to the contest wall. You get one point for each day you do this. That is all you have to do to be in the contest. Just post your one thing you did that day that you could not do before weight loss surgery or for those who have lost weight in other ways, before you lost some weight and got healthier! If you are at the beginning of your journey, and have not lost any weight yet, I want you to write down one small thing you want to do each day once you lose some of your weight.
You can get SEVEN points/entries this week!
Now, for those with a little bit more time who want to take it a step further and really make this a life-changing journey for the next 7 weeks and do a little bit more, I challenge you to do this as well:
On another page, I want you to think about each time this week that you are tempted to make a bad food choice. Write down what emotions you were feeling at the time or what circumstances led to the bad choice. If we know our triggers and what leads us astray, it can help us avoid those situations in the future. I would love to see us all recognize those things BEFORE we get into the thick of the holiday season so that we can all be prepared!
If you have those moments, feel free to post them as a comment on this blog and we can all help each other through those kinds of events with our own personal tips. You never know what someone else has tried that may work for you! For everyone who does this extra exercise and posts their experiences on the blog, you get up to THREE extra entries for the week.
SO let’s get started and remember you can earn 7 entries this week from your posts on the contest page, and 3 if you do the extra activity!
WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!!!!! JANUARY AND 2012- HERE WE COME AND WE WILL ALL BE EVEN HEALTHIER WHEN WE MEET YOU!!!