Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Dieting During the Holidays

If I had more room the title of this post would be “Dieting During the Holidays…I Don’t Know What I’m Doing Either.”

I didn’t write my healthy living post last week because I didn’t have anything to say other than…

I’m dodging holiday treats. Help meeeeeeeee.

Trying to actively lose weight during the month of December, feels a bit like swimming upstream with bowling balls in each hand.

I vacillate between resolve to stick to my goals and feeling silly for passing on delicious food that only makes an appearance this time of year. I talked a good game back in week nine but at this point, I’m just winging it.

On Monday we made chocolate-dipped Oreos and covered them in sprinkles and candy cane bits. My girl and I had a blast while her brother napped and they were DELICIOUS. I had at least 10 over the course of the day.

Mmmm....candy canes...


Yesterday when I woke up, I did not feel so hot. (Too many Oreos makes for a crummy tummy.)  So I had a green smoothie for breakfast and got a good workout in.

Not as tasty as an Oreo.


And ate the rest of the Oreos in the afternoon.

See…I don’t know what I’m doing either.

I’ve decided that for the rest of the month, “healthy living” has to be measured by more than just losing weight.

Drink plenty of water. (Take it easy on the coffee.)

Eat plenty of greens. (Even if it’s followed by cookies.)

Get some sleep. (Even if it means skipping the workout.)

Have fun. (Isn’t that what the holidays are supposed to be all about?)


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Fifteen Weight: 176 pounds ( -1.5 lbs in two weeks / -19.5 lbs total)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

What’s your healthy living non-negotiable during the holidays?


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Healthy Living for Mom: Move More Eat Well 2012

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  3. Lynn Smith 12/14/2011 at 7:52 pm

    Oxymoron: dieting and December. Silly girl! Gods forbids feeling guilty for enjoying Christmas goodies. By the way, your weight loss is truly impressive. GL

  4. Lynn Smith 12/14/2011 at 7:47 pm

    Oxymoron: dieting and December. Silly girl! Gods forbids feeling guilty for enjoying Christmas goodies. By the way, your weight loss is truly impressive.

  5. Allison Y. 12/14/2011 at 10:27 am

    Got the flu and lost 4 pounds. Now that is a holiday diet 🙂

  6. Shannon Nelson 12/14/2011 at 10:14 am

    You are doing amazing!! I love your attitude. And I was going to dip peppermint Oreos in chocolate, but I’m over that and moving on to golden. You’ve inspired me.

  7. Carina Wytiaz 12/14/2011 at 10:07 am

    I like this approach: Eat lots of greens and drink plenty of water.

    I also make a habit of throwing away treats that come into my house that aren’t 100% delicious, because I will eat them anyway and not enjoy it. Screw that. Must enjoy the indulgence in calories or it’s not worth it.