I have been thinking about the holiday that is coming and unlike any of our other holidays, this one is totally about eating with others. The others are more about social experiences and eating has become a part of the picture. However, if you look at any children's version of the Thanksgiving story, those tables covered with food are a major part of things. Anyway, I have been thinking about that early Thanksgiving and what it is now--and a much earlier me and what (or who) I am now.
...Maybe there are some similarities...
Early Thanksgiving--Up until that harvest, what was eaten was of no control of the people involved.
Early Me--Up until my Spark Goals, what was eaten was of no control or concern of this one person involved.
Early Thanksgiving--Appearances were of no real concern.
Early Me--My appearance wasn't a big deal either.
Early Thanksgiving--People would eat anything, because there often were no choices!
Early Me--I would eat anything because I couldn't make choices so I ate whatever I could get my hands on.
Early Thanksgiving--People worked because they had to, but for over a year, had to conserve energy by limiting movement.
Early Me--I worked because I had to, but for over many years, I limited movement for no good reason.
Early Thanksgiving--Weather played a very important role in food production and activity.
Early Me--Weather played a very important role in movement production and food consumption. (Hmm, if there was weather, there was a reason to eat!)
Things are different now for me and Thanksgiving...
Current Thanksgiving--We have information, foods, and recipes from all over the world.
Current Me--I have healthy information, foods and recipes from all over the world.
Current Thanksgiving--We can use the stories of the past and learn about relationships and caring for our future.
Current Me--I can think of my past and plan for my future and build on my relationships.
Current Thanksgiving--People use it as a time to get together with others and to eat in excess.
Current Me--I will use it as a time to get together with others and to avoid eating to excess.
Current Thanksgiving--It is often sandwiched as an unimportant day between Halloween and Christmas.
Current Me--It am often sandwiched as an important day for family, friends, and socializing in the middle of the "Holiday Season."
Current Thanksgiving--It is often seen as an excuse to consume many calories and many empty calories because they are there.
Current Me--I see Thanksgiving as a way to eat some healthy foods that aren't always available on other days.
Current Thanksgiving--It is considered as a day that people can ignore healthy eating without anything to worry about.
Current Me--I cannot ignore healthy eating no matter what day it is.
Current Thanksgiving--Is a day when people sit around and snack and have fun with no regard to activity.
Current Me--Will worry about a day when exercising will not be practical but will need to be included in the daily activities without an excuse.
Anyway, I hope that you see the real picture here...
Thanksgiving was from early on, a day to eat and enjoy the company of others who had worked to help everyone to stay alive, with the fear of those earlier days without food and shelter there in everyone's mind. Now, Thanksgiving is a day of eating (often to excess) and socializing with little regard to other ways of looking at the day.
I was, from early on, a person who was always overweight and who simply continued to eat whatever crossed my mind. Now, I understand how tricky it can be to be healthy in mind and body and that it requires a well-balanced diet of fresh foods and healthy choices that also includes regular exercise. I have worked hard to be where I am, which is 147 pounds smaller than I once was.
Change happens as does change over time. I am thankful for so much, and it is because I am that thankful that I won't get caught up in Thanksgiving and I won't overeat. I am most thankful that I am far more healthy than I used to be and it is very important to me to stay this way and to not fall back into old habits that did nothing good for me.
I will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wish the same for everyone else.