Ah, Spring! Birds, bees, Daylight Savings Time and all those baby rabbits everywhere. Clearly they have indeed been fruitful and have multiplied as a consequence!
So what does Spring mean to the typical Sparky? Um, food challenges. Profound ones. For example, if you and your family have a tradition of dining together on Easter, how do you say "no" to delicious...
Some folks I know have even more dire Spark challenges, as certain traditional foods stick around for awhile. A certain subset of you will identify readily with this dilemma...
In addition to caloric, nutritional and gastrointestinal challenges, many of us entertain family and friends. Sometimes a lot of them. Hereabouts our humble kitchen, with its standard table and four chairs, transforms into a banquet hall seating 22. Can't you picture Russell Crowe standing in our foyer, one morning four days ago, bellowing "Beat to Quarters?!"
As now cooking and cleaning is well underway (many thanks to my tireless and intrepid wife Susan, we indeed have responded to the order to "Clear for Action" and any ship captain would be proud of our diligence and acumen in preparing to Spark-challenge ourselves. This is our focus until preparations are complete:
Hollywood, not to be outdone, in every generation seems to have a way of encapsulating and regurgitating cultural, ethnic and other traditions. Does not "Home for the Holidays" resonate on Thanksgiving? Can you think of February 2nd NOT in the context of Bill Murray? Memorial Day and John Wayne? New Year's and Dick Clark? Well, for some of us, the season is not complete without Cecil B. De Mille's imprimatur:
Odds are that some grandchild or great niece or other descendent of Mr. DeMille is here on Sparkpeople. Here is what I want to know from you: just how many times are you pausing that DVD to hit the potty because of all the Sparky water?!?!?!
Happy Easter and Passover to everyone! Remember this week, there are no magic secrets. Do not punish yourself for enjoying the season with family, friends, and the traditional goodies that your tradition dictates. ANY weight loss at all (or gain of less than two pounds) is progress.
May your nutritional tracking survive the experience!