Friday, November 23, 2012
So I have two email buddies for accountability for the holidays, started making plans for holidays while I was still losing this summer, and mapped out the route extensively in the past month. Well, I took a major detour. The plan was focus on family, relationships, have fun activity, the holiday is not about food. Yet, I shopped ahead - for food - in advance as I was leaving town. I planned the menu - which is all about food last I checked - ahead and started preparation days ahead. Thought it would be healthier selections up until about the last minute - when I found out several additional desserts were brought by others, family members had special requests of past food items, grandchildren were even pipping in for "favorites." And how could grandma (and mom!) (and wife!) not add in the bacon in the green beans, throw in butter and brown sugar (even though greatly reduced amounts) with the sweet potatoes, and have plenty of martinelli's and gravy on hand. So there were sweet potatoes that were plain (they couldn't fit in the other bowl) and I didn't eat the crescents or the gravy (though I managed to finish off both the plain and sugared sweet potatoes and "tasted the gravy today). Also who knew how much sugar is put into making cranberry sauce - I always just bought the cans before but thought the "healthy" option would be from fresh cranberries. Well...it is now the day after thanksgiving and I am stuffed from my plate of leftovers. It seems I forgot to figure in a family of serious eaters who have had years of thanksgivings all about eating. Yes, we did go for a bike ride , we were outside throwing around the football after dark, but that too isn't new - we always have had children around which has always translated into lots of physical activities. To be honest, I knew we would be including some kind of activity (plan or no plan). I did send off almost all the leftovers (except for the turkey I am freezing) and the cake went to someone's work place and hopefully, the deserts left are almost gone (with my help even though it was DH who over-ruled when I tried to veto them being left here). So the plans change...now I watch and compensate for any gain by recommitting to "healthy" eating - as soon as all the desserts are gone! And maybe I try for a little more realistic plan for Christmas - thank goodness this all started out with me being a lb under goal!