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#1 of 3 Old 12-13-2012, 06:50 AM - Thread Starter
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I lost a good amount of weight this past year from eliminating sugar & processed foods and reducing most carbs. The only way I could do it was by totally eliminating those things completely from my diet. Over Thanksgiving I decided to let myself eat some different desserts and breads and I immediately gained 10 lbs in like a week! I also have thyroid issues, which might contribute to how fast I gain and how hard it is to lose. I am totally addicted to sugar, so I feel like an addict that was given a drug, and I just cannot get clean from it again. I've tried about 5 times since then to start again eating the way I know I need to in order to be healthy, but I just keep failing. I am just dreading Christmas because of all the food that is going to surround me. I definitely have pressure from family to eat the food they make, so that doesn't help. But, when I was "clean" and hadn't been eating sugar for such a long time, I didn't have the cravings and was able to just say no. I can't seem to get to that place again. Anyone else have such difficulty with food like this? What do you do over the holidays? Should I just say forget about it and I'll think about it after Christmas when I go back to normal life? I feel like a loser saying that because I probably will gain another 5 lbs at least and then I'll have even more to lose. I wish I would have never messed up my food habits over Tday so I'm angry at myself.

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I would say #1 stop beating yourself up over Tday! I know exactly what you mean and how hard it is to stay motivated.I'm the same way with the sweets. I actually joined an online weight loss retreat right before Halloween, and it was the first time I lost weight over those holidays. I think the thing that motivated me the most was the fact that there was a facebook group and different telephone calls/classes to keep my head in the right place. I ended up losing 10 pounds in 6 weeks, which is awesome and almost unheard of for me. Everyone in my house is sick right now, including me, and I gained back a pound. But I'm not panicking because I know I have this program going on, and I'll get back on track. I was hesitant to try it because there wasn't a lot of info on it online. However, something just told me to go for it. It's all clean eating, tons of great recipes, fitness videos (traditional and yoga), even a relationship expert. The girls who run it are fabulous. They answer questions on Facebook in the group, so if I was wondering about a recipe or how to make one of my recipes cleaner, they could help. The ladies in the group are super helpful too. Something just led me there, and I was so glad. So that's what works best for me. I tried Weight Watchers and I've been to a dietician, but even with both of those, it wasn't truly clean eating. But something where I don't have to drive out to the meeting and can listen in on the computer or phone works great. If you are interested, I think they start back up on Jan2nd, and from that time on, it will be a course that anyone can start at any time. It's called Lighten-Up by The Good Life Coalition.

In the mean time, I suggest trying to make ahead as many clean meals as possible for when things get crazy. I think McKenna Gordon, one of the ladies who runs the weight-loss retreat has a website and I believe there are some good recipes. She also has a book of holiday recipes that are clean-eating-friendly. I know she just posted a smoothie recipe on her Facebook page, and I have seen some of her stuff on Pinterest. Sorry I can't dig up links right now, but if you're interested, I can dig them up later.

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