My status today reads "JCORYCMA says I'm ready to take on a November Challenge" and I've already gotten several inquires about it.
I lead and co-lead two Spark teams -- The official Spark Des Moines team and the Poker Lovers team. Each month I try to come up with a challenge for the team that is do-able but at the same time challenging. Some months it can be challenging for me to just come up with a challenge, but this month it seemed to come to me very crystal clear: a challenge that I NEED perhaps more for myself than any other challenge I've proposed before.
Something to jumpstart tackling the Halloween through New Years eatathon. I guess I figure that if I need it -- others may need it too.
So I am going to officially make this challenge to all of Sparkworld (or at least those faithful folk who always so nicely read my blogs).
Here it is:
How many of you look at a Holiday as a “free pass” when it comes to eating? I know I always have. Come on! I tell myself, it’s only one day…
For me the trouble is that it isn’t just one day. It starts with Halloween and the whole “To heck with it” attitude gets in motion and lasts until January 2 of the new year when I’m standing on the scale facing the music, thinking Great – now I’m stuck with 10 pounds more to lose!
Why do we do this to ourselves? Are the holidays that much more enjoyable feeling bloated, guilty, out of control?
NO!! They are not. That “sliver” of brownie pie your co-worker brought to work trying out a new recipe for Thanksgiving, or that “only once a year” pumpkin latte you swung by Starbucks for are so not worth it.
Thin looks AND feels better than those calorie laden treats taste, trust me. Yet I’m guilty of the same mentality year after year.
Not this year. We are going to short circuit that thinking right here and now. Our November challenge is a CHALLENGE. I want each one of us to start right now, right today and plan our Thanksgiving day eating. I don’t care that Thanksgiving isn’t for another 22 days. By now, most of us know where we will be eating Thanksgiving dinner and chances are it’s not a new venue for us. Analyze the meals that have been served when you’ve been there before. Are you doing the cooking? Do you go to your aunts and the whole family potlucks? Do you always go to a certain restaurant?
Next I want everyone to make a plan for how they are going to stay within their weight loss calorie range. Write it out and go to the icon on your page for starting a new blog and publicize it to the Spark world. Make yourself accountable not just to you but to all of us. Even if you have never blogged before now is the time to start. You don’t have to write a bunch of flowing sentences. A simple outline of your eating with no explanation will do the trick. Write out a copy to stick in a prominent place like your closet door or fridge. Every day look at that plan either online on your blog, or in your home. Ingrain it in your brain. Tell yourself daily this is what I am going to eat because I am in control and I don’t want to be FAT – any longer.
When THE big day comes – you will be more inclined to put your plan into action because it will be second nature – you’ll be on auto pilot. You can tell your sister-in-law that looks great but it’s not on my plan this year…
When it works for you -- AND IT WILL – you can pat yourself on the back and head into December planning for that next big dinner hurdle knowing that you can survive the holidays sans weight gain with a little planning and accountability!
I am going to be looking for everyone’s pre-Thanksgiving dinner blog. I’m anxious to pick up any tips that I can to help inspire me to stick with my own plan. Just title your blog NOVEMBER CHALLENGE. Good luck!
Let's do it friends! Let LAST year be the last year that we spent January mourning our poor holiday months eating choices.
This year we are going to enjoy family and friends first and foremost. The food isn't the focus.
This year we gonna be skinny (er)
PS - I'll be posting my Thanksgiving day plans within the next few days -- stay tuned for part II