20,000-24,999 SparkPoints 23,216

It starts.. the Holiday whirlwind begins...

Monday, December 10, 2012

My weekend was neither a total loss nor success.
I was depressed most of the weekend.

I finally got back on the treadmill yesterday and managed not to hurt myself so this is good, and I am back down 1.5 pounds. I actually though I would weight More this morning than I did Friday because I was not food careful, but I also managed no major binges.

This week is full of time challenges so we will see how I handle them.
Tonight: Longwood Gardens (at least I will be walking A LOT) Get home late and try to wrap gifts for Tuesday, something I should have done instead of Moping Friday night.

Tuesday: Chanukah Dinner with my Jewish boyfriend and two other Friends. –kind of excited because I have never done Chanukah before!

Wednesday: Time in with BF. This is the only Alone time we will get all month.

Thursday: DANGER. My Mother arrives to spend the next several days doing Christmas crafts, baking cookies and treats etc. My Mother had mobility issues so being active WITH her is not going to happen. I just hope since I own my own treadmill, I can make myself leave her in front of the TV a couple times and go work out.
So Thursday: Boyfriend is meeting the Mother for the FIRST time and taking us out to dinner.

Friday: Mom taking Sister and I out to Dinner and a Movie.

SAT/SUN time with Mom doing sedentary things and trying not overdo it with the food in spite of her constant refrains of “You can’t diet All of the time” “It’s Christmas, enjoy” “You are NOT going to gain it all back in a Month so just chill out” “Well I am sorry but I rarely get to spend with you girls so I intend to enjoy myself and my treats while I can and I will be back to behaving myself Next week)

With her it is always next week. She is obese and has been on a diet for all of my life. I beg her to try Spark People, I try to rewrite her thinking about it, but in the end I cannot change her.

So aside from the enabling Mom, I also see WAY too many dinners out on the menu this week and almost no time for doing workouts. I swear to try to cram in fitness wherever I can. Maybe the slightly warmer trend will hold and I can get on of the shop guys to walk with me on some lunches.

WISH ME LUCK keeping this from spiraling way out of control.

UPDATE: Wanted to clarify something about my remarks on my Mom. I meant none of that as an insult, mostly as an illustration that the WAY she looks at health and diet is not, in actuality either healthy or working. It is a family problem and she passed it to her daughters and I WISH I could help her but she clings to the old cycle.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    COXBETH-Thank you so much! I have now printed a copy for my desk and one home! I will give it a go!
    1962 days ago
    oh, and have you seen this quickie workout?

    I need to find a way to print this on one sheet of paper and keep it handy when I travel or go visit the fam.
    1962 days ago
  • ALLISON145
    Our Moms must be sisters! It's impossible to talk to her about weight loss, so I just avoid the subject now. :( I sure wish she would change her mind though, because I worry that we will lose her too soon if she continues on this path.

    Best of luck with your holiday challenges!

    1962 days ago
    You can never change other people, you can only change the way you react to them. :( It may be the only way you can help her is by being a good example.

    I love that you have a plan. I think for me, I'd let go of weight loss goals for a week like that - my only goal would be to make better choices this year than I would in previous years.

    When I have to deal with people who say crazy things ("You can’t diet All of the time” “It’s Christmas, enjoy”), I try to head them off by not giving them a reason to say those things. Grab one cookie when you are baking and eat it slowly. If someone offers you another, just say "No thanks". Don't say you are dieting or anything, just "No thanks". Of course, that doesn't stop the really persistent enablers, but I refuse to get into a debate with someone who says illogical things like, "You can't diet all of the time." (Um, I'm not dieting. This is how I eat. And, shockingly, yes I can eat like this all of the time! But instead of saying that, I just change the subject.) It takes wicked levels of mental fortitude to do this, but it will give you a weird high when you realize that you made so much better choices than you did last year.

    Whatever happens, try not to beat yourself up over it.
    1962 days ago
    I'm wishing you the best during this challenging time! I have been the same type of person your mom is until just this year- always obese and ALWAYS on a diet. There is hope for her!!!

    Keep us updated!
    1963 days ago
    Oh man I feel for you!!! That is so tough when you have family staying with you and their idea of enjoyment involves a lot of food and the busyness makes it difficult to keep up with exercise too!

    I will be facing the same difficulties here soon as I am visiting family for a week. It's a week of everyone taking turns making delicious things to eat and then they leave them OUT on the counters ALL DAY LONG, just sitting there screaming temptation at me!!! They do have a treadmill and don't mind me using it so I will try to do that whenever the food temptations get me.

    Having a plan ahead of time helps so you were really smart to blog about this!
    1963 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.