Thanksgiving has come and gone and I'm very happy to say I did well. I passed on many things I usually eat seconds, and I limited myself to one small portion of the things I did eat. I left the table full, but not stuffed liked a turkey myself, and I even had a sliver of my two favorite pies. I also made it a point to workout before our family dinner began and ate healthy filling meals earlier in the day so I wouldn't be as hungry when the big dinner time came. Over all I feel I did really well.
Now comes the onslaught of holiday parties, baking, and all day shopping excursions with a few fast food bites squeezed in between stores. I have a short term goal, I have a long term goal, I found workout helps me manage my stress, and I have learned how to put me first sometimes, but I have to admit I am worried. I'm not just trying to maintain for the holidays, I'm trying to lose weight. This time of year it seems that everything is stacked against me.
I know I will have no less than 10 holiday parties to attend over the next month with all kinds of treats and goodies that are not ideal for me. I love to bake, I always bake a lot over the holidays, both for others and my own family, and I fear that alone could be a problem for me. It is hard to stay on track when everything around you is so tempting and bad. However, I have a plan.
I've started putting fiber bars and healthy snacks in my car for when I'm running around shopping and running errands, since the weather is much cooler now I don't have to worry about them melting or getting mushy in a hot car. I have also stocked up on quick and easy, as well as healthy and filling, breakfasts that I can eat either before I leave in the morning or on the way to work. I've been packing my lunch for several months and that won't change, but I've also added some extras to my lunch box to help me pass on the holiday goodies everyone brings into the office.
I know I won't pass on every holiday goody that I encounter, nor would I want to, after all I want to be healthy not miserable. I also know I will bake quite a bit of goodies that I will "sample." However I know that I will also increase my workouts, both intentionally by working out more, and by walking all over a ton of stores shopping. I will also be watching the scale closely because I want a large margin of error to make sure I don't miss out on horseback riding.
Maybe I'm over thinking things and worrying too much, maybe I'm not thinking things through enough and I'll fall short of my goals. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, the holidays are a time of food, fun, and family. I don't plan on missing a moment of them and I wouldn't want to, but the holidays don't have to be a food free for all with no limits and no logic. I set a limit for how much I spend when I do Christmas shopping so why wouldn't I set a limit for how much I eat when Christmas partying? Limits keep my bank account balanced and they will help keep my scale balanced as well. And I will still get to enjoy all the festivities of the season.
Here's hoping your holiday season brings you joy and love. Thanks for listening.
Good Luck and Keep Sparking,