Thursday, November 30, 2017

Staying in Your Own Lane

Did you survive the Thanksgiving Day feast? 

 I lightened up all my dishes, used portion control, and stayed within my points. I didn't feel deprived and had a wonderful weekend with Rob and Tally. We went hiking on three of the days, and I made it to the top of Amicalola Falls, which was NOT easy, but it was fun and I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I reached the top, hence the Superhero stance. 

What I was not pleased about was weigh-in on Tuesday. Now, I'm always thrilled to go to my meeting on Tuesdays, it's the highlight of my week, and I'm never fearful to get on the scale because it's just a bit of data, after all. It does not define my worth, nor does it take away my reaching the top of the Falls! But I gained 1.6 pounds, and hearing that many of my meeting mates had gone hog wild over the weekend and still ending up having losses on the scale got to me, and I was less than happy!  But I gave myself an attitude adjustment, I told myself to be happy for them and be happy for my non-scale victories. I enjoyed the biggest food holiday without overeating, without feeling guilty, and did some very good things for my body. 

I'm going to stay in my own lane and keep working the program, keep walking with Tally, and keep on setting goals for myself and smashing them!

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!