Has THE BINGE begun?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

You KNOW what binge I mean. The Holiday Binge.

Most of us, be honest, start at Thanksgiving, with all the pies and dressings and varieties of starchy, sugary foods, and eat our way right through Christmas to New Years!

I've done that soooooooooo many times in the past.

Then we see the New Year and we make New Resolutions. How much more ahead of the game would we be if we didn't have to spend months erasing our holiday binge?

I'm inviting you all, encouraging you all, daring you all, to STOP the holiday binge this year, BEFORE it starts.

Of course, you know, the person I'm inviting, encouraging and daring the most, is ME.


Gotta pay attention, stay aware, push away, just say NO.

We'll all be happier come New Years if we do.

I know I will!

Good luck to us all.


PS. Something that helps me, IF I remember to do it, is to THINK about what I'm about to eat. I know what it will taste like and how much fun it will be to eat it, but I have to THINK about how I'll feel AFTER I eat it. Not so good. Stuffed. Bloated. Guilty. Sluggish.

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  • SILLYHP1953
    I accept this challenge...now, after I've stuffed myself ever since Thanksgiving, every day I think, except the last few, thankfully.

    Did you paint your background picture? It's beautiful.
    2330 days ago
  • DGAIL51
    oops! posted on wrong blog, then moved it

    2334 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2011 12:29:23 PM
  • JUSTJO66
    Okay, I'm sheepishly raising my hand. I was pretty good on Thanksgiving. Didn't eat any desserts. Which is a BIG plus for me! Then went home the next day and didn't take any leftovers. I will promise to "try" to control myself. Yes, I know try never got anything done...but I don't want to lie to you. I'm weak. :o)

    2337 days ago
    I accept your invitation. My problem is eating in isolation so usually do not have a problem with the social scene. Then people come first. But alone? I come first. I've been working on that, though (for about 30 years). I manage to keep below my last declared "ceiling" (weight-wise). But, it's my fifth ceiling if I go back to when I was in my 30's. As long as I'm not bringing in those bags of "goodies" I'm okay.
    I like DGAIL's "stop and think"...that often keeps me from buying the darn things in the first place and bringing them home...lots of success there, thank God! Somebody above said that some people "think" they can't stop at one or two chocolate bars. Unfortunately, it's a serious problem for many and by the time this stuff is in the house, the thinking's been done already or, should I say: the lying to oneself. Then it's more or less a fait a'compli (spell? and my mother was French!)
    Good luck everybody!
    2337 days ago
    Thank you, Karen, for a great remnder and challenge! I'm going to heed your admonition (i hope)!

    2337 days ago
    I'm already regretting the food I ate. Feeling like a stuffed toad (or maybe stuffed turkey)
    Of course, you are right but I'm seriously looking for mindset and motivation..
    2338 days ago
    OMG. I read this too late. I've been so busy running around (Literally). Thanksgiving at my house and my daughters birthday on Thanksgiving Day. She walks in the door and says "Let the Celebration begin".. lol. and we did. emoticon
    Seriously I was good though. No deserts for me, but I over did the carbs. Thanks for the timely advice. (((((Hugs)))))
    2338 days ago
    I'm already in the big middle of the "binge".......... emoticon
    2339 days ago
  • CAROLEE1945
    Yes, as one commenter put, it all starts with the candy at Halloween, goes to the turkey and pies at Thanksgiving, and then continues on to the Christmas cookies. What i noticed about my own self is that these things just do not taste as good to me as they used to. Maybe it is the dulling of the taste buds with age, or the weariness of 66 turkey days in my life time. It does get old after awhile!!
    2339 days ago
    I made it through two Thanksgiving dinners so if I can avoid Christmas cookies, I'm golden! I've done so well this year I can't let anything set me back now.
    2339 days ago
  • DGAIL51
    Ditto to everything you said!!! I feel terrible when I eat too much & eat the wrong things, then ask myself why in the world I did it???? knowing how I would feel later, it was because I did not STOP to think about how I would feel later. Too dumb to even talk about (talking about myself).

    Thanks for the reminders. I will make that effort, STOP first, think before I take that bite. With the IBS i get double payback anyway, so all the more reason to practice moderation.
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    2339 days ago
    I hope this is voted most popular!

    But for me, the holyday season (misspelled on purpose) starts at Halloween. I have some little candy bars left - half a bag. SOMETIMES I allow myself 1 or two at work. I'm lucky I can stop with just that much. I know some folks think they can't.

    I also try to eat just a bit if it's a non-nutritious, treat type food so I do not feel deprived. Maybe as a reward after my lean protein and freggies.

    Now, Thanksgiving dinner, I had ONE plateful of food...a bit of everything and 1 piece of pie. I did go over a bit, but plan on doing extra fitness this week to make up for it.

    2339 days ago
    I need to get control already. I started veering off plan even before the holidays. I have got to scale back my eating.
    2340 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I am SO in it with you! This is absolutely the BEST blog I have seen!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2340 days ago
    TOO LATE I've already binged but will get it under control just as soon as we get back home. My exercise will not mostly be inside as it is really cold or at least here in Branson it is.
    2340 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Yes, it's that time of the year that really tempts us. I, too, try to think before I eat, but sometimes the hand and mouth are faster than the brain. Sitting here thinking I really need to get up and take a walk..it's 27 degrees out there! Excuses! Excuses! Spark On!
    2340 days ago
    I not only have the holidays, but I'm going on a cruise the 15th on Jan. I'm game to try. I got through Thanksgiving pretty wel, so here's hoping. (I'm .8 of a pound less then I was Thanksgiving morning.) Good luck to us all!!!!
    2340 days ago
    I'm making a real effort to eat better than I usually do during this time.
    At mother's I ate part of a dessert that I usually like, but it did not taste the same. Maybe my taste buds are changing. When I know that it has plenty of calories, I didn't like it.
    That was strange.
    2340 days ago
    Good luck. The holiday season is hard for us all, I think.
    2340 days ago
    I second that. I usually get so stressed out about family issues that I tend to get a little crazy at the dinner table. I'm going to work on it this holiday season. emoticon
    2340 days ago
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