Have you ever been on a diet, over-indulged at a dinner or party, and thought, "Well, I blew that - I'll start again Monday" - then loaded up on cookies, breads or sweets until Monday rolled around? (I'm writing what I know about!)
If you're not on a diet, you won't be programmed to think like that. If you're working on lifestyle changes - a special dinner or once-in-a-great-while party food is part of life! You enjoy a treat and the next day continue on your healthy eating habits.
I rarely dine out - I don't think you can maintain healthy eating habits if you dine out often. (And you can put the money you save towards a gym membership or new, smaller clothes!) A week or so ago I attended a yearly family and friends dinner at a restaurant. I wouldn't normally order onion rings - but someone else did and I had a few, just because they were there. I had a roll - not so much because I wanted the bread, but there was a fabulous (and healthy!) olive tapenade. I ordered French Onion Soup because I knew they made an outstanding soup - more bread and gobs of cheese. I was stuffed - and I had also ordered an entree! I ate a little of that - chicken scallopini in a lemon/butter sauce with capers, artichoke hearts and mushrooms, served over angel hair pasta - I brought the rest home and had it for dinner the next night. Nothing I ate was horrifically unhealthy when eaten occasionally - the lemon butter sauce was even light on the butter - but I felt so uncomfortably full and sluggish - a good reminder of how much better I feel when I don't over-indulge. The thing is - I enjoyed everything, but I don't have any cravings to eat like that again anytime soon. My brain has been re-framed to really enjoy the healthy food I normally eat and like how it makes me feel.
A good tip is to eat something filling at home before you go out - like a bowl of oatmeal. That will help prevent eating too much of whatever is being served - but go ahead and enjoy a taste of this and that. You won't put on ten pounds overnight, your cholesterol levels won't soar - unless, of course, you do it several times a week for the entire month of December!
Busyness during the holidays can also throw a workout schedule off track - way off some weeks! "I'll get back to it the first of the year." Don't let yourself fall into that! Do what you can, when you can - just don't give it up. I've slacked off a bit at Curves the past couple of weeks. But if Thursday rolls around and I haven't been yet that week - I don't say, "I'll wait until Monday." I get in that one day, even if it's Friday. Five or six days without a Wii Active workout and boy do I feel it! But it feels good when I do it and makes me glad I didn't put it off until Monday, or next week, or next year ...