Sunday, November 5, 2017

From the Archives~ Holiday Strategies Review

I wanted to write a post about keeping on track during the holidays. But I don't think I could say it any better than I did in this old post from pre-Thanksgiving 2009. So much has changed since I wrote this, yet nothing is different. That time of year is upon us when Big Food and Big Holiday will work their hardest to part you from your money and make you gain fifteen pounds. I really want this year to be different. Re-reading this was so helpful to me! I know I'll be referring back to it again and again leading up to Thanksgiving weekend.

This post is from November 22, 2009.

Strategy Review: Planned Indulgences

With Thanksgiving Day less than a week away, The holiday season is upon us. As I've written before, "The Holiday Season" is a marketing tool. It's about getting you out to the shops to buy things you don't need, about getting you to buy lots of fattening food and cooking yourself into a state of exhaustion, about eating and eating and eating so that "Big Diet" can come along and take what's left in your wallet on January 1st.

Boy, that sounded so Grinchy, didn't it? Well, that's not my intention, I love this time of year as much as anyone. I get the biggest thrill when the first food magazine arrives with that glossy cover photo of a golden brown and delicious turkey. And don't get me started on the magazines featuring Christmas Cookies (squee!) I even did a happy dance at Trader Joe's on Thursday morning as I was picking out my own turkey. But I wanted to take a moment to remind myself and my awesome readers that the actual holidays are really just a few special days scattered through a five week period.

I don't want to wake up on January 1st feeling like I derailed any of the progress I've made this year so I'm digging into my bag of strategies and dusting off "planned indulgences." I'm earmarking the actual holidays and a couple of other much anticipated social engagements as my planned indulgences this year. Every other day in between is going to be business as usual complete with healthy eating, juicing, portion control and exercise. Even on the planned indulgence days I'm going to be juicing and starting the day with some sort of physical activity. In fact, I'm really looking forward to the four day Thanksgiving weekend when my husband and I can take long walks together each morning on the beautiful walking trails we have here in Marietta.

Have you planned your holiday strategy yet? The food and wine is always so fun and festive this time of year, but it's only one part of the equation. Spending time with friends and family, not turkey and pie, should take center stage. There is so much this season has to offer other than watching the numbers on the scale go up. It's about curling up next to a cozy fire with a glass of hot cider. It's about sights (lights!) and sounds (Baby, It's Cold Outside) and smells (oranges studded with cloves) not just tastes. It's about watching Flick stick his tongue to a frozen flagpole in response to the sinister triple dog-dare. It's about laughing at old jokes and meeting new friends. It's about looking back at a year gone by and looking ahead to all the promises of a fresh new one. This "holiday season" I'm going to count my blessings, balance activity with proper rest and enjoy time with my husband and friends. I'm going to raise a glass to my good health and to yours and enjoy the rest of 2009 on a light and happy note. Cheers!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Seventy-Three Days

In case you haven't heard~ THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!!! The shops are trying to make us stuff our faces with Halloween candy and start buying winter holiday trimmings. I hate feeling rushed, like when people are clamoring for fall and Halloween in the middle of summer. The older I get, the more I like to slow down and enjoy things as they come, like the present moment. Maybe that's just me.

I was reading through some posts on a Facebook group that is mostly made up of Weight Watchers members, but it's basically a weight loss/fitness support group. One person was lamenting that they had already fallen face down in the Halloween candy and didn't know if they would be able to reign things in during the "holiday season." 

I know the feeling well. In year's past, the arrival of October would signal a free-for-all attitude of eat ALL the things for the next three months. My reply to this plea for support was that there are seventy-three days left in 2017, and the actual "holidays" account for exactly FIVE of them (give or take depending on exactly what an individual prefers to celebrate.) So, by all means, enjoy those special days, enjoy your friends, family, and food and drink traditions without guilt. 

But it's what you do with the other sixty-eight days is what can really make the difference. Stick to your healthy eating and purposeful movement plans on the remaining days of the year and end the year with a weight loss or fitness gain, instead of weight gain and remorse.

I have a small weight loss goal that I'd like to have completed before the calendar turns over to 2018. I'm posting here for accountability. I want to enjoy my holiday season, we're not traveling this year, we're going to be home at Shady Dame and spend time together with our Tally. Rob has been away for work quite a bit recently and it will be a time to reconnect. What I don't want is to derail all the progress I have made since mid March and hit the ground running into the new year. Not that I'm trying to rush it, though. ;)