Camping Update and Operation Overboard Prevention Commencing — Join Me?

Happy Halloween!

I’m back from our first family camping trip and it was everything I wanted it to be — a weekend with a whole lot of this…


Just chillin’.

The kids made friends, as expected, and did what kids do…

kids playing in the leaves.

They even got a chance to do some trick-or-treating.


The Husband unexpectedly enjoyed himself.


(That face is in lieu of his famous finger)

And me?

I actually just relaxed — my plan all along and it worked! I had the absolute best time doing nothing! Well, I did make everyone breakfast, grill burgers and carve pumpkins…

carved pumpkins

… but it was all on my terms and I loved being outside all day with no messy house or computers calling my name.

I hope we are able to make this a yearly tradition. It’s a great way to kick off the end of the year holiday season. Speaking of…

I’m on a mission this year and I’m calling it Operation Overboard Prevention.

It’s October 31 and that means we have 2 months until the end of the year. Two months of holidays, celebrations, and parties, which means food, food and more food! For Pete’s sake I have two Thanksgivings this year. TWO! Not to mention our annual ugly sweater party, our office Christmas party and  the hordes of candy that will be in my house from the double trick-or-treating we’re doing this year.

I know myself and I can easily see myself overeating for the next two months, leading to some unrealistic New Year’s resolution that lasts a few days and then the yo-yo dieting cycle of hell will be in full effect as we kick off 2017.



No. No. No…. I’m not going down that path again.

Operation Overboard Prevention isn’t about setting some unrealistic weight loss goals. It’s not about taking measurements, getting on the scale every day or obsessing over numbers — I’ve been there, done that and I’m over it.

Nope, Operation Overboard Prevention is about finding the balance between staying accountable and enjoying myself this holiday season with no guilt, not regrets and no stress. I want to stop the cycle before it starts and enjoy the next two months while feeling good about myself and my choices.

Operation Overboard Prevention — The Details

  1. Keep a detailed food journal.
  2. Focus on nutritious, light food choices.
  3. Take special days/holidays off from food journaling and ENJOY yourself guilt free, returning to your food journal the very next day.
  4. Be consciously active for at least 15 minutes a day, every day, even holidays.
  5. Check in on blog or social media at least once a day.

Simple, right? This is my very #wycwyc way of getting through the holiday season.

Like I said, I have no crazy weight loss goals in mind. I just want to not feel like a total slug by the end of the year, and based on how I felt after one weekend eating my weight in Halloween candy and pumpkin muffins, that’s exactly what’s going to happen if I don’t put myself in check.

With my schedule I can’t promise to blog daily like I used to, but I know myself and I know how important that extra push of accountability is so I’ll be making an effort. My plan is to keep food journals off line and then share them all when I can. On the days I can’t I’ll check in on Facebook at least.

So… who’s down with OOP? <– you know I had to do it. Come on. Let me know in the comments below or give me a shout out on social media. 

29 comments On Camping Update and Operation Overboard Prevention Commencing — Join Me?

  • I love this idea! I’m so much more likely to stick with something simple and realistic that is not only focused on deprivation.

  • Roni, I’ve been dreading the weeks ahead, but when I read your steps 2 and 3, I realized it really is just that simple. Lately I’ve been trying to get my head around eating like a normal person, so purposefully haven’t been “dieting”, but am sure I could convince myself that all the junk that’s coming up is “normal”. But you’re right – this time of year is about celebrating for sure, but just as long as you balance it out with the day before and the day after. Thanks for the inspiration; I’m going to focus on that!

  • It is perfect. I am going to do exactly what you have here. I think 3 & 4 will be huge in keeping my weight under control.

  • This is great! I just finished my first round of whole30 and have had a wonderful mindset shift around food but am still anxious I’ll derail over the holidays. I love this plan. I’m in!

  • This is perfect. I feel the same way! The winter/holidays are the worst to spiral into that pattern because of all the constant food. I’m down with OPP… yeah you know me!! 🙂

  • I never gain weight over the holidays, because I am MORE, not LESS vigilant of that slippery slope. So I exercise at least one hour MORE than usual every day, even thanksgiving and Christmas, and enjoy the parties for the PEOPLE, not the FOOD. I scan all buffets for the healthiest options, never go back for seconds, and limit my desserts to one per event. It works for me because the thought of having to diet in January cancels out the fun of indulging in all the holiday sugary treats. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, I eat all I want, but no second helpings, and have a thin slice of all the pies, just a big sample of each, really. Then, I wake up the next day with a guilt free, appreciative heart for not mistreating my healthy body…
    Remember the old marketing phrase, “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels?” I substitute “healthy weight” for “thin”, for obvious reasons, but anyway, that’s my mantra for the season, and it’s worked like a charm for the last 15 years…
    For what’s it’s worth, that’s my two cents…

  • I’m in!
    By the way, I love that your podcast is back. I have a topic suggestion. I just hit a milestone birthday and I’m finding that, as I get older, I just can’t drop a few pounds like I used to and it’s so much harder to lose the weight. I used to be able to just exercise a little more and extra pounds would melt away. Now that I’m…uh, a woman of a certain age, it seems like all I have to do is smell food and I gain weight. It’s been very frustrating. I’m active, I work out 5-6 days a week with a combination of spinning, HIIT, yoga and barre. I watch what I eat. What’s happening?????

  • I’m with you, Roni! I even bought a new notebook for my holiday food journal — to keep it neat and clean 😉
    Also, I enjoy holidays so much more when I have more energy and I feel good (physically) with my food choices.

  • I am totally in!!!

  • I love this! I am IN! Two months of OOP starting NOW! 🙂

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  • Thanks Roni that’s just what I need today! A simple way to keep things under control during the next two crazy months! I’m also in a six month dietbet that ends February 2nd so that should help keep me accountable. Best of luck to everyone

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  • I’m in as well. I think this is a great way to get through 🙂

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  • I’m in – I have to be. I won’t eat my way through the holidays. I have plans to stay on track through the holidays and stay away from processed sugar. I know it all tastes good, but it’s not going to help me reach my goals so I choose to abstain. Accountability is key!!

  • YEAH YOU KNOW ME!!! (lol – had to say it)

    I love this. I am so on board. I need this. Thank you, Roni, for lighting a wee little flame under my tookas!

  • This timing is so perfect. I’m totally in. I think keeping a detailed food journal is going to be the key strategy for me. Thanks for giving me the incentive to take control of the holiday season while still enjoying the best it has to offer.

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  • Sounds perfectly reasonable! I turned 50 in sept and decided my gift to myself was to be nicer to myself.. less critical, more accepting, treat “me” the way I treat others! Cheers to a great holiday season!

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