I used to own size 28 pants. They came in handy during the winter months, when the holidays gave me an excuse to stop obsessing about how I “should” be eating healthier. It was a time to just accept being fat and stop torturing myself every single day.
It was also a good time to spice up my ho-hum low-grade miserable life with daily doses of eggnog and hot cocoa spiked with delicious seasonal liqueurs galore.
Some days, finishing off a fifth of a bottle and loading up on double cheeseburgers were the only things that got me through working a job I hated — then coming home to an empty apartment.
By the time January rolled around, those size 28 pants had become my best friends when I could no longer squeeze into or zip up my standard big-girl britches.
When I started my last weight-loss journey back in 2009, it was a few months before the holiday season. I had many excuses not to follow through on my goal to lose weight, but I stuck with it (without feeling restricted).
I finally had the awareness that living healthfully didn’t mean hitting the pause button from Thanksgiving until February. But it also meant that I could have my holiday cheer — just in small doses.
Here are five ways I lost weight during the holidays (and never had to wear my fat pants again):