Nutrition Weight Loss

How I Plan to Lose Weight Over the Holidays

holiday weight gain

The holidays are a tough time to maintain or start healthy habits. With temptation around every bend, even the most diligent eaters and exercisers can get thrown off.

But this season, I’m trying to lose a few. Not because I’m worried about how much I actually weigh, but because after 5 months of eating like a breast-feeding mom (read: wolfing down every treat I come across) and barely exercising, I’m finally ready to give this area of my life some attention.

I’m not going to set big goals or even count calories – because both of those things turn me into a crazy person – but rather use my favorite food & exercise journal (which you can get for 20% off here using the code EME20) to jot down what I’m eating and plan ahead for exercise. I have a feeling that simply seeing my habits on paper, and attempting more deliberate behavior, will really give me the push I need to get back into a healthier lifestyle.

My goals for the next 6 weeks are to:

  1. Consciously indulge in treats. This means saving my indulgences for things I really love or things I know are coming up later in the day or week.
  2. Move around for at least 30 minutes everyday. Most days this will simply be walking Lucy to school (2.7 miles round trip with some BIG hills), but I hope to also fit in some strength training and pilates when I can.
  3. Drink more water. Even though I’m breastfeeding and need more water than usual, I haven’t been making this a priority.
  4. Sit down for meals. I’ve been eating most meals standing up in the kitchen as I make food for the rest of the family – this is the opposite of what I believe in and never very satisfying.

Here’s the tool I’ll be using:

holiday weight gain

fitbook lite is the newest fitbook family member and designed to help people make small tweaks that add up to reasonable weight loss over the course of 6 weeks.

(Let me quickly say that this is NOT a sponsored post and I’m only sharing fitbook with you because I think it is such a wonderful tool).

fitbook lite

fitbook lite

The tweak I’m most excited about – and think I really need right now – is the “Stop by 9” rule.

fitbook lite

So often I find myself snacking, blogging, shopping online, zoning out to the TV, and staying up way too late simply out of habit. I think addressing this part of the day could really improve how I feel, how I sleep, and even increase the amount of quality time I spend with my husband – novel idea!

Monday was my first day of journaling. Even seeing one day on paper helped to shift my habits for the rest of the week.

fitbook lite

fitbook lite

If you’re in need of something to help you lose or maintain weight during this holiday season, I highly recommend getting one of these little journals.

My friends at fitbook are kindly giving Eating Made Easy readers 20% off everything on their site, with the discount code EME20. Now’s the time to stock up or do some holiday shopping!

I’ll be sharing how I’m doing this month on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you decide to work at some similar goals, we can do it together and keep each other motivated!


  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    December 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Love the idea of the fit book to stay on track! It is always super difficult to have anything remotely close to will-power during the holiday season but I definitely think you are on the right track!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    So true – will power doesn’t do a thing for me during the holidays (or ever, actually). I need something bigger to motivate me!

  • shelley hudson
    December 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I just ordered the Fitbook Lite! I think this will be a great tool to help me get over my lazy hump 🙂

  • angela mader
    December 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    LOVE this healthy, balanced approach to getting through the holidays!! it’s not about deprivation – it’s about enjoying all things, in moderation. you nailed it! thanks for choosing fitbook lite to be your buddy over the next 6 weeks! 🙂

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    You will love it! Jotting down my afternoon/evening in my fitbook as I type this!

  • Amelia Winslow
    December 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for creating it! fitbook motivates and inspires me, as opposed to just giving me a harsh reality check like many apps/journals would 😉

  • Slim and Trim Meals
    January 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This food diary seems really great! Love how they address watching TV and getting enough sleep. These are two of the biggest influences (not nutrient related) on weight gain.

  • Amelia Winslow
    January 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    So true. If only I could get some good sleep!! So hard to do with a baby 😉

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