The Six Pounds I Gained this Holiday

Written by editors on 12/31/2009 10:54 AM | COMMENTS (12)

No matter where I went or what I did this holiday, tasty temptation was everywhere. I joyfully gave in.

It started the weekend before Christmas. My parents came to visit from Rochester, NY and my wife and I took them to Donato’s, a down-home Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. Donato’s, which is a throwback to 1960’s New York City Italian joints, is famous for its chicken parmesan, and rightfully so. The breaded chicken is moist, the marinara sauce bursting with flavor and the mozzarella cheese on top is nice and gooey. It’s enough food for three people, and I’d guess at least a day’s worth of POINTS values. I ate it all, plus some bread to sop up my left-over sauce and a couple glasses of Pinot Grigio to wash it all down.

The next day was Sunday, so we took my parents to the Gospel Brunch at Sylvia’s, a legendary soul food restaurant in Harlem. Sylvia’s specialty is fried chicken and waffles, an inspired combination of salty and sweet. Add some cornbread and biscuits, and you’re basically in soul food heaven (but a POINTS values Purgatory).

For Christmas we went to my in-laws, where I was bombarded with honey soaked baklava, creamy crab dip and chips, cookies, candy, wine and beer. I made no attempts to resist.

By the end of it all, I gained about six pounds! It’s a lot for such a short period of time, and in hindsight I do feel a little guilty about being so indulgent, but that’s part of why Weight Watchers works for me. I’ve learned how to lose weight, so the occasional gain isn’t that distressing. I know I’ll be able to get back on Plan and back to goal.

In fact, I’m already getting back to my healthy habits (fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and lean meats and vegetables for dinner) and I’m down two pounds.

-Justin Marks

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  • Post Image hn16200

    1/2/2010 9:05 PM
    i loose weight sick

  • Post Image dwygrl

    1/2/2010 9:22 PM
    I really liked your point "I've learned how to lose weight so the occasional gain isn't that distressing" You really have that good positive mindset about it and don't beat yourself up..which is wonderful.

  • Post Image lynnfrances (lynn)

    12/31/2009 4:46 PM
    Your go with it positive attitude is inspiring and the Holiday behavior is realistic! WW is good for offering tools and moderation that fit with real life! Happy new year!

  • Post Image mslanster

    12/31/2009 11:01 AM
    I've had a really similar experience! I hope I now that I'm being healthy again I will lose like you have!

  • Post Image rgcakes (renee)

    12/31/2009 11:01 AM
    You can't do anything about the past, just keep moving forward! You can nip 4 pounds off, quickly, I'm sure!

  • Post Image autumnkrsr (kathleen)

    1/5/2010 10:18 AM
    Linda, could'nt have said it better myself!!!!

  • Post Image dawnyulle1

    1/7/2010 9:53 PM
    I also gained 7 pds from the onset of Thanksgiving until now - actually I gained and lost the same 7 pds.! However, I have been working out AND going to meetings - even though I DIDN'T want to see the scale go up at weigh in...the fact that I went anyway...says alot about my progress! I also agree that WW does teach us how to lose the a few pds. added during the holidays isn't AS horrible as it used to be BECAUSE NOW I KNOW HOW TO GET IT OFF!

  • Post Image jwilford09

    1/7/2010 7:07 PM
    Oh Justin I was so happy to read this and realize I am not alone....even with my Weight Watchers tools, knowledge etc I gained at least 7 pounds between the week before Thanksgiving and today....and of course, didn't go to a meeting or weigh in that whole time! Wonder why I gained! (lol) I'm glad though that ww is committed to helping people get back on track when you fall off, and that like Linda said, we can't dwell on our past mistakes but focus on our successes and look ahead to our goal.

  • Post Image gharries (gail)

    1/12/2010 6:01 AM
    Don't know how, but because of WW, I only gained 1.8 between Turkey Day and New Years...and that includes 2 vacations and several dinners out, AND a few parties thrown in...I must thank this fabulous new "Way of Life" I've adopted for this, and even better: I've already taken it off, and am less than 20 lbs. from my goal! Haven't been able to accomplish this in the past over 30 years, which is how long I've been a WW!

  • Post Image lisa easterly

    1/5/2010 10:54 AM
    You are so funny! Thanks for the stories!

  • Post Image nunuky108

    1/3/2010 9:39 PM
    This is what happend to me too, but I know I can get back on track!!!

  • Post Image lindajt777

    1/4/2010 10:22 AM
    I was so happy to see your comments. Glad to know I'm not alone. It was like I had lost my mind. I gained about 8 pounds. I've been back on track for 2 days now and I'm down 3 pounds. When I joined ww I knew there would be times when I didn't stick to the plan, but I also knew I was committed to losing this weight and to be successful I can't dwell on the bad days or focus on how quickly I lose the weight but on my overall achievements. Those baby steps add up over time.


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