Valentines Day: love it or hate it?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Scrolling through my facebook newsfeed tonight it is impossible not to notice the effect that this holiday is having on all my friends! I am not sure if it is just a college student that place such a big empasis on this one holiday or not (let me know!) but it all seems a bit ridiculous to me. It seems there are three types of people- those that loathe Valentines Day, those that loathe Valentines Day because they are single, and those that ARE JUST SO EXCITED! It is truly interesting to me how divided people are (and how upset they get!!) about a holiday.
On one hand Valentines Day appeals to me because I love to make other people feel special and it provides me just one more opportunity to do just that! As someone who is in a great relationship at the moment I have nothing to complain about in that direction either (for once!) My beef with tomorrow's holiday is not that. As fellow healthy eaters you all know exactly what I am talking about- THE FOOD.
Has anyone else felt that this week is especially hard to stick to plan? On top of Valentines Day parties, with all their food and drinks, there is the candy. Oh, the candy. Because of the increasing commercialization of the holiday it is literally a day devoted to candy and cheap tacky gifts at this point.
It seems that after the holiday season and all its chances to indulge we were able to get back on track, drop our sweet tooth habit, and get going some since of normalcy. And then comes Fat Tuesday and Valentines Day all in literally 1 week! I am not the type of person who makes New Years resolutions but I can see how this week knocks so many of those that made commitments to lose weight (and those of us who are just trying to be healthier) off the proverbial wagon.
Besides the candy there is also our tendency to celebrate using food. As someone who is trying hard to make sure I DON'T use food as a reward this is really frustrating! I admire those of you who are going on active dates, spending the time to develop yourself, or making your own healthy treats and meals. You go guys! Keep making a difference. My plan, at the moment, is to tell my boyfriend not to buy me any candy, eat something delicious for our dinner and halve it, and to amp up my exercise!
On a side note:
People are asking me to update them on my nutritionist meetings so here it is! I have met with her twice since I last posted about it. We are meeting every 2 weeks. April is an awesome teacher and we have had long discussions about how and why I self sabotage. We are focusing on why I am occasionally "going off the deep end" with one of my favorite foods (my obsession at the moment is caramel chocolate.) Although my binging has not been bad enough to cause me to gain weight yet (and this is such a blessing) but it has stalled my weight loss. I immediately get back on track but my guilt remains. I have read all the spark articles about guilt and getting back on track find everything they say to be true...but for some reason it has yet to help. My assignment for the week: practice self forgiveness! She asked me to meditate once a day on what I HAVE done right that day...no matter how bad the day was health-wise. Oh, and my second assignment: don't buy any more chocolate for the time being...even if I do have the best of intentions. My ultimate healthy self will incorporate chocolate in moderation but I am not there yet!
If you have gone through the same thing let me know what helps for you! I am definitely in need of a "break-through" moment when it comes to this!