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Thankful for choices

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My brother and I went Christmas shopping together on the day after Thanksgiving. We each purchased a gift for our families that promoted fitness and well-being. During our conversation, he commented that his goal for the next month was just to maintain his weight and that he would focus on weight loss come January. I disagreed. I said every year I think of the holidays as "time-off" from any diet I am on. But, every year I have failed. I am going to continue during this month to watch my calorie intake, make healthy eating choices, and workout daily. I will lose weight this holiday season. That is the choice I choose to make.

Now, one would argue I didn't model this declaration of Healthy Holidays during Thanksgiving. While I would concede that I did overindulge on turkey and wine and had two Rice Krispy treats in two days, I also made a lot of good choices during the festivities. I skipped the stuffing and pie, for instance. I did not butter my roll and I put low-fat Laughing Cow on my turkey sandwich rather than mayo or regular cheese. I ate lots of veggies and drank a lot of water. And, I did a 4-mile walk on Thanksgiving. While not perfect, I made plenty of good choices.

In the end, that is what I am thankful for. I live in a place and time where I have choices. In the past, I made excuses. Today, I make choices. Today, I choose to make healthy decisions for my body and lose weight during a time I traditionally have packed it on. I choose to lose weight this holiday season and I am thankful for this choice.

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BABIE_JANE 11/30/2008 2:56AM

    You have the right idea. Everybody always says after the first of the year I am going to....whatever. It usually never happens. You have choices to make this holiday season, but you don't have to deprive yourself of all treats. An extra workout is great for those treats. Keep up the great work.

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MAGA99 11/29/2008 11:15PM

    Kudos to u. I have found that the best thing to do when u do overindulge is exactly what u did. Keep up the good work & remember around the holidays most of the food we eat r double calories

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