I don't know why, being the youngest in my family, that our house has become a "host" house for Christmas. Even though I am not that young anymore, the youngest kid used to be able to get away with being the black sheep or the late arrival at the festivities.
Instead of being guests, we are hosts...only seven people this year, but enough to require the prerequisite amount of food for 7 people...in other words, food to feed at least twice that many...so nobody "goes away hungry".
So, as a result of having a little more food around than usual, and the fact that family gatherings and holidays revolve around food, I have eaten deeply...and (*gasp*) gained a couple of pounds!
My confession for the day: As I write this blog, I am eating leftover apple pie....in my defense I did burn a few calories making it myself...and I replaced the Sugar with Splenda.
We sent away, with guests, as much as possible....but most guests at these gatherings are too shy to take enough. So....there lurks a few cookies, some ham, etc.
Yes....I will be eating some of the leftovers! My parents and grandmother told me there were starving children somewhere, and the lesson of "waste not, want not" is still strong in the back of my brain (the part of my brain that rationalizes over-eating at holidays).
I will not beat myself up over it....and don't you either! Holidays are supposed to be fun. Enjoy the day. I'm not sorry that I didn't read all the Spark articles about healthy holiday eating...and don't you be either! Holidays are often defined by favorite food. Enjoy the meal. I didn't put the pressure of preparing special food or drink on us...maybe you didn't either. Enjoy your family.
Maybe I didn't have a very "Sparky" holiday, but I did enjoy myself. The leftovers will go away and I know (through lessons learned on Sparkpeople) that a day (or a few days) lapse in good habits is not the end of the world. This week will be healthier....I will hit the gym a few times....I will walk/run a couple of times, too. Join me!
I hope you are enjoying your holidays...Good luck next "SparkYear"!!