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Handling the Holidays

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Last night was the first night of Passover! Usually, I handle the holidays by tuning out mentally, not tracking, not getting my water, and eating as much as I can of the worst possible choices.

Yesterday, I admittedly made some poor choices at lunch. I thought, what the heck, Passover's almost here and I'll be abstaining from all grains and legumes for a week, might as well have some fun. Not the best attitude.

But dinner was not as bad as it could be. Sure, I had seconds of lamb. And a few glasses of wine. But I also got to laugh and enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Our seder was a big hit. I ultimately had about 2500 calories yesterday. Not great. But I tracked it all. And I stayed conscious and fully present for the meal. It's not like I blacked out and awoke in a pile of lamb bones. emoticon

I got all of my water yesterday, too. And I stopped eating when I was full (ok, quite full, but still!). These are definite improvements over how I've handled holiday meals in the past!

Today, I had green juice for breakfast just to detox. My lunch box is full of good fruits and veggies. I have one more seder tonight, at a friend's house. My goal is to stay in range, we'll see how that goes. I know I can do better than I did yesterday.

And then no more seders for a full year! Back to my daily routines. I think, all things told, the damage will be minimal. emoticon Wish me luck!
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    I know this is an old blog but I'm reading through your blogs and I can really relate to you. I appreciate that you are talking about drinking because that's something I've had to change myself and I feel like no one really discusses it much on SP. Anyone, I about fell out of my chair reading, "It's not like I blacked out and awoke in a pile of lamb bones," THANKS FOR THE LAUGH!!
    1870 days ago
    Good for you! My holdiay is famous for chocolate (not sure how that happened... doesn't seem to fit the whole Easter story... ) I will not be visiting family, so will not have it available to me. Sadly, I'll be working.

    Keep that great attitude going. You can get through this without damaging your plan! And enjoy a little of the things you love... It WILL be a year before you see them again!
    1883 days ago
  • KEELIE21
    You always have such a positive and healthy outlook I love it. I'm sure you'll do better tonight if you really want to, just make sure you get your water, and make the best choice you can with the options you are given.
    1884 days ago
    Good on you for tracking. I tracked for my husnband's birthday and the baby's but fell off the wagon for my teen sons birthday.
    1884 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    I got quite a visual when I read: It's not like I blacked out and awoke in a pile of lamb bones.

    You tracked it, so you are not in denial, and that is a good thing.
    1884 days ago
    Good for you! Holiday food is so tough to resist (especially if I have a few drinks, too). I find that it really helps me to concentrate on the talking and visiting and togetherness, instead of the buffet table. Sweets are my downfall... Congratulations on your positive attitude and not letting one minor slip become an avalanche - that's great!
    1884 days ago
    good luck!
    1884 days ago
    Lamb? It's worth it.
    As you say, seders come but once a year. You didn't do so badly. I'm glad you had a happy gathering.
    1884 days ago
    Awesome! Hey you tracked and you were aware! That's better than a lot of us do during the holidays!

    Have a wonderful time tonight.
    1884 days ago
    Good on you fit tracking and being honest with yourself. It is the first step in winning the battle.
    1884 days ago
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