holiday weight gain

I was super excited that I lost weight during Thanksgiving because most people experience a little holiday weight gain. But, that excitement was short lived because, once Christmas rolled around, it was on! Looking back, I noticed quite a few things that I didn’t do correctly and I know better.

I Didn’t….

Log Daily…Honestly

Although I still logged my food every day, I wasn’t all that honest with what I was eating. I would log my meals but I wouldn’t enter my snacks. And, trust me, I ate my fair share of snacks. Chocolate chip cookies are the devil and I can’t believe I allowed myself to eat so many of them! Not only did I eat cookies at my house, I also ate them at my mom’s house. Ugh!

The first cookie I ate tasted so amazing and I just kept eating. It got really bad once we got fresh milk in the house. I even caught myself skimping on actual meals so that I could eat cookies! Old habits die hard, I guess.


During Thanksgiving, I toted my scale and measuring cups to my mom’s for dinner. I measured all of the food that went on my plate and into my mouth. I don’t know why I thought I could wing it when it came to Christmas; maybe it was because we don’t have the amount of food at Christmas that we do at Thanksgiving. I don’t know. All I do know is that I ate and ate and ate and didn’t measure a damn thing!


My body was telling me to be active and I completely ignored it. There was no treadmill, no walking with my sister, nothing! The only exercise I did was chase after my 2-year-old nephew. I felt like crap, and still do, so I’ve learned from it.

Make Good Decisions

We all went to the movies to see the newest Chimpmunks movie and I ate popcorn. I ate a lot of popcorn! I don’t know why I ate it. Wait – yes I do. I ate it because it smelled delicious, I wanted it, and it was there. You see what happened there? I started to make another bad decision by using an excuse. And I thought those days were behind me. :/

It’s no wonder I experienced holiday weight gain. All the crap that I did and didn’t do was bound to catch up to me. I have about 3 weeks until I see my doctor for my checkup and I’m not going to be where I expected to be. But, I only have myself to blame for that. I’ve since been logging honestly every single day, I’ve been making much better decisions, and I’ve been moving more. I had almost forgotten what it felt like to feel my FitBit vibrate when I reached my step goal.

Did you experience holiday weight gain? Or, were you much smarter than me and stick to your plan? I’d love to hear from you!