Wednesday, November 20, 2013

no seconds december challenge


one of my biggest struggles when it comes to food (and an overall healthy lifestyle) is portion control. i've been an over eater for as long as i can remember and its a devastatingly hard habit to break. as the over eating has crept up again on me in the past month, i needed some sort of something to help me get my portions in balance. hence the idea for "no seconds december." the idea is simple: no second helpings for the month of december. of course, i created some guidelines to ensure that the challenge wasn't completely restrictive because going cold turkey usually leads to a relapse and thats not what i want!

my goal for doing this is simple. i don't want to count calories because that can trigger destructive feelings and habits, plus who wants to be tracking calories at a holiday party? i also no longer believe in "dieting." yup, you heard me right. the girl who would try any quickie diet in the books to lose a few pounds is marking "diet" as a dirty four letter word. what i really want is to learn how to eat according to what my goals are and my goals this holiday are to not over eat but to still be able to enjoy all the festivities (and delicious food) the holidays have to offer.

so here's to tossing dieting out the window and adopting a new mantra (and the theme for no seconds december): "i don't diet - i eat according to my goals."

here are my "no seconds december" guidelines

  • no second helpings (duh).
  • this counts for alcohol, too. so sip on that delightful beverage slowly ;)
  • desserts, if separate from dinner, do not count as "seconds." but, if you go back for more dessert, that is considered a second helping.
  • the only acceptable type of second helping (if absolutely necessary) may be plain fruits or veggies. this means nothing soaked in oils, butter or other flavor additives. here's the catch, before you reach for the helping of veggies or fruit, seriously think about if you're hungry or not. have a full glass of water and then wait a few minutes before deciding to cash in on the legumes!
  • success = some kind of success rate. you can make this whatever you need it to be. if you slip up, thats totally fine - you won't be able to go your whole life without enjoying a second helping so the goal here isn't perfection or deprivation. my target success rate is 85% or about 26-27 days out of the month without second helpings. 

these are my guidelines and they're up to interpretation for whatever someone else needs according to their goals, but i wanted to share them to give an idea of how i'm trying to tackle the festive food holiday season. its estimated that the average person can consume an extra 1,000 calories a day during the holiday season. if thats not enough reason to be more mindful about whats going on your plate and how many times its going on your plate then i don't know what is!

if you're interested in participating, i'm open to making this a formal "challenge." if we can get a minimum of 20 challenge participants, we'll have prizes, too! please indicate your interest using the following form. i'm also looking for co-sponsors who might be willing to donate prizes. susan is my first co-sponsor and is helping me organize this challenge!

the challenge will formally run from december 1st to december 31st.

i also made a cute little banner you can put up on your site (hint, adding the banner to your site will earn you bonus points in the challenge). feel free to nab it with the code below. if you do join, also add your blog link to the challenge page - this way we can showcase everyone who is participating!

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whether we can get enough participants for a formal challenge or not, i'm here to support you and i hope you'll support me, too! :)




10 comments:

  1. I like this idea! I think I might be in!

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    1. Please do! I really hope this comes across as the right way. Its not about deprivation at all but learning how to eat according to what your body needs, rather than the emotional tug we have to holiday food.

      Anywho, hope to see you participate!

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  2. I hate the idea of dieting too...People go on a diet and when they lose the weight they start to eat normally again and they gain it back! I'm a big believer in changing the lifestyle up and eating when you are hungry and practicing portion control. dieting is worthless unless you intend to make that your normal intake of food for the rest of your life.

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    1. Absolutely agreed. It took me a long time to realize this. I'm in my twenties - am I going to diet my whole life? No! There will be ebbs and flows in how much I eat. Just like life - nothing is constant and it all can be adjusted!

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  3. Good for you taking control, girl!! I like the idea of enjoying the holidays, but doing it in moderation.

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    1. I'm the only one who is responsible for what I do. And I'm going to feel good about all my decisions this year :)

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  4. Having only one drink is a great guideline! There are times I'd rather drink my calories, but I love holiday food!

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    1. I've always preferred to eat my calories rather than drink 'em! Everyone has a preference, though!

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  5. I like the idea of this challenge! Your goals are great, too! I'm signed up! :0)

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  6. I am in and will also sponsor a small, potentially calorie-free prize.

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