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Daughter Coming Home Beware

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My daughter Lily is coming home from college for Thanksgiving break. The first thing she will say is that there is nothing to eat in this house. I know because I have eliminated most temptations. So we will go to the store and all my bad habits will start back up. We will samples some donuts, buy some candy and then perhaps stop at McDonalds. I will tell her that I can't have these things but will eat them anyway. She is very supportive of me and does help, its me that goes crazy. Well I am going to be better when she comes home this time.

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    You already know how things work when your daughter comes home. So the power to change it is already in your hands. All you need to do is make a new plan, one that supports YOUR efforts for a healthier life. It's not easy my friend but IT CAN BE DONE. Map out your free meals and/ or days and than eat healthy on the others. That way you can still treat yourself but not blow it entirely. Remember no excuses, you are the only one in control! Do this for YOU!!You deserve it!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    1947 days ago
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    You are prepared for what you think will happen. What has always happened. So, now, make and prepare for a new plan. Easy to say I know. Like everyone else, planning is key. Good luck and enjoy your Daughter. Put your focus on her. it's all about her when she's home.
    1950 days ago
    Oh, I send you Strength! This is a very familiar battle with me. When my daughter comes home, it's the same thing. So many things are tied in with food...and never the healthy food choices. Plus it's what we've always done, eat out, shop, eat Cinnabons, fast food lunch, always bake something, snack while watching TV at night, all the usual things!

    So now I try to have lots of snacks in that are on the healthy side, because WE ARE GOING TO EAT THEM!

    Pick a restaurant to go out to where I love the healthy choices on the menu.
    When we are out shopping , if we do fast food go for a kiddy size, or get salad with light dressing.
    Just have to sort of PLAN ahead to make better choices...Still not perfect, but a lot better when I think about it, than when I would just eat it without thinking.
    Now if she's ordering a Pizza...I eat one piece so slowly, that they have most of Pizza gone, and are done eating. emoticon
    I am resigned to the fact that when either daughter come back home that they WILL get Cheesesteaks...we live in Philly area. Usually it's one night, after dinner, and they decide "Let's get Cheesesteaks! " So, now I plan, I'll make that dinner one night...make a salad, then order Steaks and or Hoagies...I eat some salad, and then half a Cheesesteak satisfies me.(plus I get to have the left over half for Lunch, unless Husband eats it!) And I feel good that they all get some veggies with their CheeseSteaks. emoticon

    So it's can't avoid it, so plan to just work with it! Enjoy having her home! Happy Holidays!
    1950 days ago
    Maybe rewrite the script. Tell your daughter how excited you are to spend time with her AND to have her support at such a critical time as Thanksgiving, how she can help you by not bringing temptations into the house. She can eat what she loves away from the house, or only bring home what she will finish in one sitting or keep it out of your line of sight. It is hard to build new "traditions" when we change our habits but maybe you could do other activities than shopping for and eating comfort/junk food together. Like shopping for healthy food, cooking healthy recipes, going on walks, shopping for other things, etc.

    You love your daughter and she loves you. Maybe if you tell her you want to take good care of yourself so you can be around longer to share in her life, she will become your biggest cheerleader instead of the bringer of temptation? Good luck and have a wonderful time with her!
    1950 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2012 10:39:06 AM
    You know where the dangers are -- you probably can't eliminate them all, but make the best choices you can and allow yourself, say, one of those indulgences each day without overdoing them. And if it doesn't go as well as you'd like -- get back to your plan as soon as you can! Have a great Thanksgiving and a great visit with your daughter!

    1950 days ago
    It isn't easy but that's not to say it's impossible. The key is to plan what you can have and make room for a treat or 2 so as not to blow it completely. It's all what's most important to you, ;)
    1950 days ago
    maybe fresh fruit and veggies will be a better choice. Just enjoy your time with her.
    1950 days ago
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