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Combating the Endless Holiday Food (Week 11 of Maintenance)

Friday, December 06, 2013

Today I'm doing my surf of SparkPeople and come across this fun article:


Being a person who likes to eat and likes to eat the foods served at the holidays, I thought it would be a good read. Turns out it was, particularly when I got to Excuse #5:

Excuse #5: I’ll get back to my healthy eating plan tomorrow.
This thinking is okay, as long as it is realistic. Make sure an occasional splurge does NOT become a repeated excuse (or turn into “next week” or “next month”).

"Make sure an occasional splurge does NOT become a repeated excuse (or turn into “next week” or “next month”)." Ah, this one is SO TRUE. This is the part I have always had a difficult time with.

It's okay to indulge. It's okay to enjoy what you eat. It's okay to eat something naughty. OCCASIONALLY. Not every day. Not every meal.

If you've read my blogs, you know that my old style of eating was most unhealthy. Almost EVERY meal had to end with a treat, a "dessert". HAD to. When I went to the grocery store, I had to pick up a couple of treats, baked goods or candy or ice cream. HAD to.

This is not the same thing as PLANNING to have a square of chocolate every evening. If you can plan to have something special every day (accounting for it in your daily allotment of calories), that's OK. Number one, you've accounted for it when planning your meals and number two, you make sure it is one serving, not an endless supply of sweets.

That was my problem. Endless supply of X. Unplanned, as much as I wanted. So no wonder I was unhealthy and obese.

A key component of Maintenance, besides healthy eating and activity level, is to remember that ONE mistake won't ruin me. I shouldn't give up because I ate one too many cookies or had a slice of pie when I should have said no. I mean, I should still try to AVOID making those mistakes, but when they happen, instead of beating myself (and becoming MY OWN bully) and making myself feel bad, I need to encourage myself and tell myself it's OK.

So if you have an extra cookie, don't panic. You can tell yourself next meal will be back to normal - and don't procrastinate! DO IT! Don't let it slide to the tomorrow that never comes.
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    It's a great reminder that we don't have to accept every invitation to overeat. There have been bowls of candy and other treats in my office since Halloween. I can't fool myself into thinking that these weeks are a seemingly endless "special occasion." Thanksgiving dinner was a special occasion (not ALL DAY on Thanksgiving). My office Christmas Party is a special occasion, but a platter of muffins on Friday is NOT a special occasion. I need to be selective.
    Thanks so much for your blogs!
    1534 days ago
  • SBFT84
    Thank you! Your blogs are like a GPS for life. They have a hope and a lesson, and experience. As you live, you guide. You encourage those who are trying to succeed, and are not go proud ti share the pitfalls.

    Your pitfalls gave me the courage to look at myself and commit to my dream of being lean and healthy. I left that old dream for a better life. A life that calls for plans and action, not just wishing.
    1534 days ago
    emoticon That's what the problem was.. endless supply. And a nonexistent willpower.
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  • CHERYLA2012
    Thank you for the mindfulness reminder!
    1535 days ago
    I read that same article and that same excuse hit home for me as well. emoticon
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