Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This week at work has been full of temptations. Donuts, Christmas cookies left by the coffee pot, work potluck and going out for lunch. This has actually been good. It's like the pre-game to the big season that will start next week when I go home for 3 weeks around my family's typical midwest cooking (loads of carby sides, little protein) and my mom's wonderful Christmas baking.
I have put together a list of rules I plan on following that will help me not stress so much about what I eat, let me enjoy this season, and not pack on 10 pounds in 4 days as I did over Thanksgiving. A good compromise I feel if I can stick to these.
Rule #1- Nothing out of a wrapper
I'm going to eat sweets this holiday season, there's no denying that. But why would I want to have a Snickers bar shaped like Santa Clause when my mom's homemade cookies, bars, and pies are available? This should cut down on the mindless reaching for whatever's available as well. Applies to all store bought treats.
Rule #2- Treats are only desserts
If I want a cookie or slice of pie, it can only be for dessert. Not because its 3 in the afternoon and I'm walking by the cookie jar. I can have a piece of pie after dinner with no guilt, but I don't need the one in the evening
Rule #3- Don't let myself reach completely full
I blogged about this before and a surprising number of you agreed with me that one you overeat, and then your stomach gains a little empty room, it is so tempting to fill that back up. I can help my chances by not overeating at meals, and if I do, fighting hard to get myself down from that high. Possibly using a diversion method
Rule #4- At least try and work out
Even if there's too much snow to go running, or I can't make it to a gym to lift, I can still work on abs and flexibilty in the mornings. Everyone can use a little work there
Rule#5- Don't instigate
I shouldn't be grabbing stuff on my own. If I'm offered something I can make the decision to accept, but why should I be the one to grab the first beer? My dad or buddies will bring it up soon anyway haha. And why suggest going out to eat? Unless I know its gonna happen, then I might as well suggest a place where I can get something healthy that isn't a salad
Rule #6- Eat perfect when I can
If I'm eating lunch on my own, it should be protein and veggies. I'm not going to have the best options available at family meals so might as well make up ground when I'm home alone.
Rule #7- Christmas itself is free
Our family has snacky appetizer snacks after church on Christmas eve, and then never eats an actual meal Christmas day until dinner. And I just love this. We'll eat holiday treats all Christmas eve, breakfast in the morning is candy out of our stockings, and here I am allowed those reindeer shaped hersheys and an entire bag of peanut butter M&Ms.
Rule #8- Never let my food dilemas get in the way of friends and family
I'm not going to turn down a chance to go the bar with the old hockey team, and if I'm getting cranky about depriving myself at a social event, I need to find a way to enjoy what really matters, even if it means mindlessly going after the appetizers so that I can enjoy the conversations peacefully again. A few pounds over Christmas isn't going to kill me in the long run.
Have a Merry Christmas everybody. Hope you all are just a little mindful of what you're consuming this year than last, but don't ever let it get in the way of what this season is about. God Bless!