Well, I must say, I am rather proud of myself. I had a holiday dinner with my family, Thanksgiving Day and eating out twice...and I lost weight! Yeah!
I think the secret to my success was planning. Before going out to dinner at The Melting Pot, I checked out their menu. I could see that there weren't many great choices, but I could moderate within the choices. I also ate smaller meals earlier in the day to conserve Points. We had the cheese fondue...I had just one bread cube, instead using veggies to dip. I ate all of my salad, dressing on the side. For our main course, we cooked in wine, which was healthier than the oil. I focused on eating the brocolli that came with our meal and gave my husband more than his half on the main course. I didn't skip dessert - I couldn't Milk Chocolate fondue with marshmallows, bananas, strawberries, brownies...oh my.
In planning, I also was on-line using Weight Watcher e-Tools. I used the recipe builder for my pie recipe and learned that each piece is 7 points. That way, I could count those points before I consumed them. I made sure to eat mostly vegetable dishes and had a taste size amount of most of the other choices at the family holiday meal. I still got to taste everything, but didn't go overboard on quanitities. To me, this was important because many of the dishes I only get at family potluck type meals.
I also stuck with my exercise plan (mostly). I got up each morning during the week and exercised, even on Thanksgiving. I misseed on Friday, I had to go shopping and couldn't get up earlier than that.
At my Weight Watchers weigh in last week, I lost 1#. I was pleased with that, since the holiday meal and the Melting Pot were both before the weigh in.
I now only have 24.6# to go. A loss this week of about 1.5# for the week. Now, I just need to survive all of the holiday parties coming up without gaining weight.