Ok, so a lot of us on the forum are involved in this Weight Loss Group Challenge Support thing. We are about three weeks into it now, and Christmas Eve is one week from today with New Year’s Eve two weeks from today. This could be a bad thing. Many of our families are baking cookies and stuff. We are geting together to celebrate with our families and, if your family is anything like mine, many of your favorite foods will be a part of the party. There may also be some drinking going on, possibly on Christmas, almost definitely on New Year’s Eve. These are huge pitfalls for us fatties.

Now, I’m not telling you not to eat or not to drink. In fact, I’m saying go ahead! If you deprive yourself on a Holiday like that, you are just going to make yourself miserable. Hell, my wife already told me that she expects me to eat what I want when I get together with my family because she doesn’t want to deal with me being a bastard simply because I’m feeling deprived.

Yet, that totally doesn’t jive with our goal here at the Garagehammer Weight Loss Club. This is a legitimate concern. I could find celebrations and get togethers every other week full of excuses to binge eat and drink. That would certainly be bad. I’m not promoting that. What I’m saying is…IT’S CHRISTMAS! I am absolutely going to enjoy myself. However, I am going to do so in moderation. I’m going to eat what I want, but I won’t be going back for seconds, thirds, fourths…you get the idea.

My point here is, I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m not going on a bender, but I’m not going to deny myself. I will continue to work out. I will continue to eat right the rest of the week, when I’m not at these parties (I personally have 4 over the next two weeks!) and make certain I’m having salads and whatnot.

When I was a member of Weight Watchers and a holiday was coming up, the lady who ran our meetings would say, “You can choose to lose, you can choose to gain, or you can choose to maintain.” I am fairly certain that I will not be losing much if anything over the next two to three weeks. That does not excuse me from my Weight Loss plan. I am choosing to maintain with a lean toward loss.

And that’s what I’m trying to say here. If you’re in the Group with me, good luck and do your best over the next three weeks. If you find yourself overeating one day, don’t just give up on the week. If you find you’re up one week, don’t give up on the overall plan. REMEMBER! We are working together until the end of MAY. So keep that in mind!

If you can lose weight over the holidays, great! If you maintain, that’s just as great! If you gain, take it for what it is and get back on track as soon as you can. We will succeed together! All go, no quit!

As Peter Quincy Taggert would say, “Never give up! Never surrender!”


Merry Christmas brothers!