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So much for the great plans

Friday, November 23, 2012

So I have two email buddies for accountability for the holidays, started making plans for holidays while I was still losing this summer, and mapped out the route extensively in the past month. Well, I took a major detour. The plan was focus on family, relationships, have fun activity, the holiday is not about food. Yet, I shopped ahead - for food - in advance as I was leaving town. I planned the menu - which is all about food last I checked - ahead and started preparation days ahead. Thought it would be healthier selections up until about the last minute - when I found out several additional desserts were brought by others, family members had special requests of past food items, grandchildren were even pipping in for "favorites." And how could grandma (and mom!) (and wife!) not add in the bacon in the green beans, throw in butter and brown sugar (even though greatly reduced amounts) with the sweet potatoes, and have plenty of martinelli's and gravy on hand. So there were sweet potatoes that were plain (they couldn't fit in the other bowl) and I didn't eat the crescents or the gravy (though I managed to finish off both the plain and sugared sweet potatoes and "tasted the gravy today). Also who knew how much sugar is put into making cranberry sauce - I always just bought the cans before but thought the "healthy" option would be from fresh cranberries. Well...it is now the day after thanksgiving and I am stuffed from my plate of leftovers. It seems I forgot to figure in a family of serious eaters who have had years of thanksgivings all about eating. Yes, we did go for a bike ride , we were outside throwing around the football after dark, but that too isn't new - we always have had children around which has always translated into lots of physical activities. To be honest, I knew we would be including some kind of activity (plan or no plan). I did send off almost all the leftovers (except for the turkey I am freezing) and the cake went to someone's work place and hopefully, the deserts left are almost gone (with my help even though it was DH who over-ruled when I tried to veto them being left here). So the plans change...now I watch and compensate for any gain by recommitting to "healthy" eating - as soon as all the desserts are gone! And maybe I try for a little more realistic plan for Christmas - thank goodness this all started out with me being a lb under goal!
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    Thanksgiving is just such an onslaught of food and traditions of favorite foods to eat to the point of being stuffed. Decades of habit, pressure and temptation all on one day (plus however long the leftovers last). Don't be too hard on yourself. You have your plan to get back on track and can learn from this experience as you go forward.
    1972 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Holidays are difficult as everyone has emotional attachments to dishes, reminding them of past events. My husband would love to have bacon in the green beans also.
    You are doing a great job of staying positive and getting back on the healthy track!

    I ended up being stressed with all of the cooking for my Thanksgiving. I am wondering why I tried so hard to offer so many dishes. I really am going to try to simplify Xmas!

    Hope you have a great Saturday. emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Tomorrow is always another day, a fresh start. I over-did too, and now I need to work it off - again.
    1973 days ago
  • BERRY4
    The challenge is always to find a way to "balance" life! And it seems to be located on a teeter-totter!
    1973 days ago
    There are always going to be days that don't go exactly as planned. I had the same problem yesterday. We went out to eat (which I guess is good as there is no left overs), but I had planned to only eat half the meal. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), I have not had mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes in months now. And well, it just tasted way too good. I ate almost the whole plate. I think I am still full. :) But, today I ate at the very low end of my calorie range and did two hours of exercise so that is a lot different than the years past. And I just keep thinking how much calories I saved from not drinking any adult beverages!! Probably a good grand! emoticon
    1973 days ago
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