I'm getting ready to wrap things up at the office and get prepared for 11 days of rest and recuperation before our traditional January weight loss jam fest. As it is for most people, the 11 days of Christmas (or 12 in some cultures) can be a perilous time. One way to think of it is the statistic that people gain an average of 7 pounds on a cruise. Does this also apply to 10 cold days in Connecticut, stuck inside with a buffet in the form of a refrigerator? Possibly.
So as not to have another Thanksgiving weekend holiday train wreck, I am going to try to go in with a rational plan this time around. So here I go (red marks BIG FUN/Bad Food days):
- Day 1 (Wed Dec 23): Have a healthy breakfast. Have a healthy lunch. Spend time with family in the city doing the big Christmas thing, and pre-select my select my dinner options from restaurant menu on the internet. And have a huge workout.
- Day 2 (Christmas Eve): Keep it together for breakfast and lunch. Have a huge workout. Abandon hope for Christmas Eve dinner at friend's house. Choose not to have remorse.
- Day 3 (Christmas Day): No exercise. Rich food. Candy. etc. etc. etc. Choose not to have remorse.
- Day 4/5 (Boxing Day and Day After Boxing Day): I've never celebrated Boxing Day before, but why not? Spending the weekend away with DSW. Will plan to get workouts in (probably not huge ones) to mitigate some of the damage. Not planning to be perfect this weekend.
- Day 6-8 (Mon-Wed): Exercise like a maniac. Live like a cold-hearted Puritan for all breakfasts and lunches. Keep it sane for dinner. Seek to avoid stealing candy from my children.
- Day 9 (New Years Eve): Big workout again. Keep it sane for breakfast/lunch. Behave poorly New Years Eve.
- Day 10 (New Years Day): Rub temples gently. Get a big workout. Keep it pretty normal for a Saturday.
- Day 11 (Sunday): Back on plan.
** Additional consideration: I will give myself bonus points if I can avoid the temptation to graze betwixt meals, particularly on BIG FUN days.
Predicted damage: I am conservatively forecasting about 8 to 10 meals not on program and roughly 24 meals on program. This translates into about 27% indulgence rate, which seems manageable for a young(ish) man on maintenance. Hopefully, 10 days of solid exercise will also be a mitigating factor. All-in-all, my plan feels fun/pretty relaxed while also unlikely to cause massive self-loathing and regret when it is all over. Unlike going on a cruise.
I'm planning on giving myself at least a few days before I get my weigh-in. If I were a betting man, I would put my post-vacation weight at about 3-4 lbs above goal. I am already planning to spend January working back down to fighting weight. I really don't want to have to start paying to go to my Weight Watchers meetings.