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The Start of the 4 Big Holidays: A Dieter’s Nightmare


It’s the start of a period of holidays towards the end of the year that can be brutal on a person with a diet. It starts with all the darned candy and chocolates for Halloween. Then it continues with the Thanksgiving feast of all feasts, which is followed by a Christmas family meal. That meal isn’t as bad or tempting as the Thanksgiving one, but it’s still tough to get by. For the normal person it is all concluded with an end of year New Year’s party/dinner.

After that you can make your New Year’s resolutions and move on with your eating healthy and changing your lifestyle, then failing miserably at it. At least that’s how most years were for me before this year. I would promise myself that I was going to change for the new year, but wouldn’t. I plan on not over indulging during any of the “4 Big Holidays.”

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Summer is over and most folks won’t be needing to show as much skin as when the sun is out, so now they can cover up under layers upon layers of clothing. This doesn’t help either. It just makes it easier to hide the fatness. Most folks that I know don’t bother working out during Winter, instead they eat and eat and eat, and eat. And eat some more. I do love that home cooking during the Holidays but I won’t be over doing it.

This is the year of change for me. The following weeks are going to test my inner warriorness to the full extent. I know I can do it, but will I? We shall find out.

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. CatherineLNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel. I know dieting becomes tougher as it starts to get colder. But vegetable soup is really good and low fat. Plus it is so easy to make. Keep it up.

  2. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    My post on one set training will be up this coming Thursday. Keep and eye out for it!

  3. Hi Israel. I know exactly what you mean. Oct – Dec are absolutely dreadful for me. I love the food and I love to cook it for my family and I. I know you have probably heard this before, but what I have found to help tremendously is the portions and frequency at which I eat. I have actually lost weight eating smaller meals 5-6 time a day than eating 3 large meals. 5 – 6 meals of holiday food, YUM! If I can control the portions I will be OK. Good Luck to you!

  4. Skinny GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The holidays can be tough. Just remember that just because one day is a holiday, it doesn’t mean that you can blow it for the month!

  5. BeefgutNo Gravatar says:

    hello Israel,

    I know you are doing well and you will do fine. As they say, don’t try to be too strict on the holiday itself, but don’t let it go more than a week afterward.

    You’re an inspiration to all of us.

    I have to catch up on your cardio and other lifestyle changes of late.

  6. BMS TravelNo Gravatar says:

    Now the winter months are over its time to look forward to the summer months where we can all sit back and enjoy a nice holiday in the sun.

  7. AwningsNo Gravatar says:

    “After that you can make your New Year’s resolutions and move on with your eating healthy and changing your lifestyle, then failing miserably at it.” – Heh, that is so true for me!

    Great article, it has helped me with some research.

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