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Not Exactly a "Sparky" Holiday!

Monday, December 26, 2011



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"!!
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MONKEYJO3 12/27/2011 8:12PM

    I love this!! You are so right. It's not about one day or one week but a lifetime of healthy habits. When we learn those then we can come back from straying away for the holidays. I like your thinking!!! Happy holidays to you and thanks for the "no guilt" blog. I love it emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 12/27/2011 9:08AM

    You did enjoy yourself, you realized what you are doing and what you will need to do: that's great that you are able to do that! Enjoy the leftovers and start back on track! You can do it!

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CRYMENIA 12/26/2011 10:50PM

    Awesome words of wisdom! LOVE THE PIC!

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-CHERYL 12/26/2011 10:05AM

    Yeah it's been tough breaking that "starving people" hold with the wasting of food.
I don't freak out about what I eat either. It's my life, my life is not about avoiding food, its about learning to eat healthier and getting regular exercise. My every day eating is really good. I can have regular eggnog and candy on a holiday without feeling like I just destroyed my chances of losing weight!

Its all about moderation & exercise!



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1CRAZYDOG 12/26/2011 9:48AM

  Glad you had a good holiday!

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KKKAREN 12/26/2011 9:23AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed yourself for the holiday. I too did the cooking but I ate proper portions of everything including the pumpkin cheesecake. So I only went over a little. I thought it was all over now but my family has requested that I repeat my Thanksgiving Turkey dinner for New Year's. Celebrating New Year's together is a 1st for us. So more calories, here they come. Gotta go it's breakfast time: yummy pumpkin cheesecake leftovers.

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