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.