Tuesday, November 13, 2012
My grandmother is definitely 'up there' in age but she gets around really well and still loves to cook and bake.
I get on the plane Thursday and will be spending a week in Ohio for Thanksgiving break and I've been thinking about what my greatest challenges are going to be in maintaining my weight loss through the holidays. I've decided it's definitely going to be my grandmother.
I love her dearly, don't get me wrong. I also love her cooking. But she is so cliche- the typical type of grandmother that you would see on a sitcom. I can see it already- she is literally going to try to shove food down my throat. You mark my word!!
I won't be staying with her during my stay but I will be visiting her very frequently. I can smell her house already- fried apple pies, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, cheese, smothered pork chops saturated in real gravy, mashed potatoes.
I've already warned her that I won't be eating much except for on Thanksgiving day, and I'm sure she heard me. But I'm not quite sure she really comprehends this.
So I'm practicing how I'm going to approach her, and possibly others, who want to feed me all the time (I love everyone but food always seems to be the center of attention when visiting).
This is the line I've come up with, and it definitely reflects my thoughts on food and eating.
"I appreciate the offer, but I only eat when it's necessary. I'm not hungry right now."
Truly, this is the mindset that I have adopted lately and it's been an extraordinary help. Before I reach for a piece of food, I think to myself, "Why am I going to eat that? Is it really necessary?" It's helped me to practice a more mindful awareness of food and why I eat.
So my game plan for Thanksgiving vacation is to only eat when it's necessary. I don't want to eat to socialize, or out of boredom. I don't want to eat because it sounds like fun or I haven't tasted something in a really long time. I'll certainly plan my meals to be foods that I will thoroughly love and enjoy and savor... but I don't want to spend my entire vacation eating (like I normally do!).
So that's it for now. Only time will tell if I can practice what I preach. And I think I'm going to call my grandma one more time to remind her that she doesn't need to cook a bunch of food to prepare for my arrival!