Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beware of holidays

I seldom talk about topics from my book, "Winning After Losing", but this is an exception and I find it timely and valuable. Are you one of those people (like I used to be), who says, "I'll diet after the holidays?" If you are, then please say out loud or write on a sheet of paper what your weight is today. Now, I will tell you what you are up against.

September-------Rosh Hashanah (lots of food)
Yom Kippur---you fast for a whole day and then eat twice as much in the evening for the Break-Fast ( and break it we do)
November-------Thanksgiving and all the trimmings
December-------Christmas and Hanukkah
January----------New Years and New Years Day
February--------Valentine's day and 50% off candy the next day
March------------St. Patrick's day
April--------------Easter and oh those peeps
May--------------Mothers Day
June------------Fathers Day
July-------------Independence Day and all those barbeques

My friends, that leaves you with August----the only month without a holiday that you can take care of yourself and eat healthy. For "after the holiday" dieters that can mean serious trouble. Holidays do not have to be just about food. You can maintain your weight and even lose a few pounds if you are a planner.

I talk about "the winners circle" in my book. Those are the folks who keep the weight off from five years to a lifetime. They do nothing without planning ahead and it really seems to work for them. It does not mean that you have to go without but it does mean that there are limits and times when added exercise is necessary even if it is only walking after a holiday meal.

The first year after bariatric surgery, I had no holiday meals at all and I really did survive. By year two I was ready and it went well. There are many strategies one can implement to survive the holidays, but mine was simple. I made one rule. I would allow myself to eat whatever I wanted, as long as there were no second helpings. I filled one normal sized plate (not piled to the ceiling) full of food.

Stick with other family members and friends who share your common goal as a support system. You don't have to add another ten or 20 pounds to the number you said out loud today.

Good luck to all of you and let's stick together.

All my best wishes.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Stacey
I have followed you for many years from when I first saw you on the Oprah show. I related to you. I then saw your amazing transformation a few years ago and I read your book twice.
You are a true HERO to me and millions. At my worst moments I think of you and what you have gone through and I gain my strength. Most of all I love your humor through it all. I love this blog and have come here several times and meant to post a comment but this time I had to.
It is so true what you have to say, if we wait to after the holidays we could be dead!
Thank you Stacey for giving so much of yourself and please keep posting to the blog we want to know what you have to say.
Jean Randal

September 10, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Nancy R. Harris said...

Hi Stacey
I enjoyed this blog very much. You have been an inspiration to me. I have a question for you. Do you still get sick with the surgery if you overeat? I am thinking of getting the surgery, I have 140 pounds to lose but I am so afraid of being sick.
Help me

September 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Tonya Robins said...

I have been coming to this website and reading this blog for a while. You have so much to share with us and are so on the money. I have been thinking about getting the by-pass I am 41 years old and have been overweight all of my adult life. I have tried it all. I currently weigh about 380 pounds and my health is getting worse.
Are you glad that you got the surgery or do you think you should have tried diet one more time?

I am so confused?
Thanks for sharing with us and good luck to you.
Tonya Robins

September 11, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Cindy from California said...

Hi Stacey
Read your book about ayear ago and went and got the surgery. You have been a main part of me changing my life. I am so happy I found this website. You have a special way of expressing yourself adn making your point and I relate to it. Oh by the way since my surgery I lost 120 pounds, thanks
A friend forever

September 11, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Jenifer said...

Dear Stacey
I find this blog to be so hopeful and inspiraional. I thank you for giving so much of your life to us.

September 14, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Wendy Krepps said...

Dear Stacey
I read your blog and what you say is so true. I went of my diet for the holiday last Labor Day and after one Holiday and another before I knew it Labor Day 09 was here and I was 65 pounds heavier. I have to make it work for me. Maybe the surgery is my only chance but I have to try one more time.
Thank you Stacey for this blog and keep it going.
Wendy Krepps

September 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jean,
It is people like you that have kept me hanging on! We need eachother because no one can go it alone. I cannot tell you how many days I was at my breaking point and i would run into someone like you and they would tell me i am an inspiration. You cannot imagine how my whole day would change from that moment on. The funny thing is that god seemed to know when i needed it most. keep blogging i'm sure you have a lot to say. Thanks Jean and have a great day!

September 16, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last one was from me Jean I forgot to write my name. All the best....Stacey Halprin

September 16, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,
To be honest the sickness I felt was different but similar to when I used to overeat. The difference is with the surgery if you overeat you will thow up or have bathroom issues. All the pain goes away over time and 7 years down the road I would say I throw up once every other momth if i eat too much or too fast. What ever your decision is I am here for you! best wishes Stacey

September 16, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tonya,
I did try every diet out their and that is why i decided to have the surgery to save my life. Everyone has to do whats right for themselves. I never wanted surgery I fought it off for years, I was running out of time and felt I had no choice. Am i sorry I did it? No, for me it gave me back my life. Let me know what you decide I'm on your side either way, with love and understanding....Stacey

September 16, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous tflower said...

Hi stacey
thank you so much for sharing your experience strength and hope. best, Tina F.

September 18, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

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