Do I Run to Eat More?

by Nicci on 11/18/2009

Warning: Don’t try this method


Just a cute funny…

Do I run to eat more? Uhmmm, No I do not.  ANNOYED!!

A co-worker actually asked me this earlier during the week. Yes, I do love food…I’m a foodie, but I do not run/workout so that I can stuff my face. I work out to relieve stress, gain energy and I love how I my body feels after a good sweat session.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m involved in POTM (Pile on the Miles) to help me with weight control, during this Holiday Season but the #1 reason is help with my 5k training! Winter weather can make Nicci, a very lazy or productive girl. I love how the blogging community is coming together and fitness challenges are popping up everywhere.

I have many parties, weddings and pot lucks to attend, these last 2 months of the year.  Here is a list of simple things I’m doing to survive.

Holiday Eating Extravaganza Survival Tips

  1. Eating  a light snack before heading to a party
  2. Choose healthy options- fruits and veggie trays
  3. Portion control
  4. More exercise than indulging
  5. Eating only one roll….Uhmmmm
  6. Limiting my alcoholic beverage consumption to two drinks

(I just started laughing at myself for the last two above) :-)

Just remember to have a good time and don’t over stuff the belly. This Season only comes once a year!!

What tips might you suggest?

What challenges are you involved in?

Anyone not worried about this Holiday Season?

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Lele November 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Man, people and their nosy comments. It’s like if you’re perceived as “healthy” and “successful”, people feel like they are allowed to go on and on about how much you make yourself suffer to be healthy. Obnoxious!

my kashi diet November 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I win!!! (I’m the elephant :)

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) November 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

Love that comic at the top! Sharing a plate is also a good way to portion control. I’m not TOO worried about the holiday season . . . but I am working out more, just in case!

sophia November 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

Well, I’m not worried at all personally…because I’m Asian and Asians eat really bad food during the holiday seasons…We don’t have all the amazing food that most Americans eat. lol.

Priyanka November 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I think I would eat something that I would eat a “little” bit of everything and then the next day try and get an awesome workout so it eliminates the guilt factor!

Nicole November 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Great post! I would say to stick to foods that you really like and don’t have often. For example, if it’s something you can eat any day of the year (ex: caesar salad, chocolate chip cookies, mashed potatoes), I would skip it. Trying to eat only a little bit of everything doesn’t work for me. I end up eating A LOT of everything. So, I try to stick with things like my favorites and things that I might not be able to have for a long time. Then, I try to have only a reasonable portion of those things. And if I over do it, I just try to get on track the next day and have a sweaty workout.

Jess (Fit Chick in the City) November 20, 2009 at 6:16 am

Cute cartoon! I’m actually not worried about the holidays. I don’t tend to slack off until late jan./feb. when the really cold weather hits. I’ve signed up for a 1/2 marathon in late January and hope that will keep me on track.

'Drea November 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I like tip #4 and that’s usually the way I roll…

Jolene ( November 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I eat what I want over the holidays … but I am not one to binge or go WAY overboard. But, if I want 10 pieces of cheese, I eat them. It is my favourite time of year, so I go allllll out!!!

Lesley Living Life November 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Great tips … except I have to admit, eating something light beforehand does not help me :S ha, then I’ll just eat something little plus what I eat later.

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner November 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I am trying not to worry about it and relax as much as possible. I find when I don’t stress about what I eat I do much better!

Stephanie November 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Oh that would’ve annoyed me too!! I love your response on why you workout… great comeback and I totally agree with all those fabulous reasons :) Oh holiday season…. here we are again! Smart choices + a few splurges + regular exercise is usually my plan of “holiday season attack”!

Meg @ Be Fit Be Full November 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm

LOVE the cartoon! Too funny. I feel like I’ve gone through enough holidays since I gradutad college (when my eating was poor) that I am able to practive portion control during all the parties. I try to follow all the survival tips you listed, but some times I let myself slurge a teensy bit :)

Bethany November 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I am not worried about Thanksgiving…but I definitely am stressing over Christmas!! :)

Mari November 19, 2009 at 9:30 am

I am actually a tad worried. I always go into the holidays with the best intentions and boom I turn into Audrey 2 lol. The only tip I have is to stick to your workout schedule, you are going to be consuming extra calories and you don’t want to add even more pounds because you are not working out too.

diana(mymarblerye) November 19, 2009 at 7:06 am

ps. I am EXTREMELY worried about the holiday. but if i want dessert i don’t over do the dinner. :o Let’s all motivate each other this winter!

diana(mymarblerye) November 19, 2009 at 7:05 am

The holidays are REALLY HARD. What’s harder was that last year we went on two vacation AFTER the holidays. I definitely gained weight. You are gonna splurge at the parties but my tip is to eat what you get on your plate and NO MORE. No munching out of the bowls/tray as you stand…cause when you do that is when you lose count! :(

Melissa November 19, 2009 at 7:00 am

Thanks for the tips! I’m not really worried about the holidays this year. I’ve gotten much better about watching what I eat. Portion control is my strategy. I plan on enjoying the things I like but in moderation. And I’m not trying to walk away from the table stuffed. Once I eat, I’m up and socializing. :-)

Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 19, 2009 at 12:03 am

I don’t stress too much during the Holiday’s. I seem to balance everything out and not worry about what I am eating. It’s easy for me to make good choices. I know what my body can handle and what I need to avoid. I do, however, have those special times when I do not pay attention – it helps me keep my sanity ;)

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