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Dreading Holidays

Monday, April 01, 2013

In the years before I started to lose weight, I'd dread the holidays. Starting with Halloween, the end of the year is one long meal. Halloween candy followed by turkey and grave and mashed potatoes with pumpkin pie followed by all those Christmas goodies your friends and family pass off to you. And the cherry on top is New Year's, which, depending on if you drink or not, could be even worse.

Is it no wonder then that so many people make resolutions on January 1st? And is it also no surprise that on January 2nd, these resolutions are broken?

I also had another nasty habit: trying to schedule when to start my diet around the holidays. Oh, Valentine's Day is in a few days - can't start today! But next week is Easter and there is SO much temptation! Better wait until after then. And so on, and so forth.

I started my diet on November 16th right smack in the middle of the Holiday Food Blur. I was nervous - how could I resist the temptation of pecan pie and Christmas cookies? What about chocolate truffles and peppermint mochas? How could I possibly part with these treats?

I'd be lying if I said those first few weeks were easy. They were TOUGH. It was hard to pass over the mashed potatoes and gravy. It wasn't easy to ignore the Christmas danishes. But although it was hard, it wasn't impossible. And more importantly, it was worth it!

With Valentine's Day and Easter behind me, I really see the changes. I didn't have near the desire for chocolate for either one in comparison to Christmas. I didn't ache for a heart box of chocolates or chocolate bunnies. I didn't even salivate when I saw them in the store or bemoan silently that I couldn't eat them. To be really honest - I didn't even WANT them.

Because when I look back on Holiday Food Blur, I remember mostly being too full. Feeling fat and yucky. Not feeling fresh and fully of energy, ready to do whatever I wanted, whether it was a walk at lunch or reading a book on my couch.

The Holidays are more than Holiday Food Blur. Yes, the food is good, but what makes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter awesome is the people you spend it. Taking the emphasis away from WHAT I was eating and putting it to WHO I was spending with helped me more than just with my waistline - I got to focus on what was important with the holiday.

Memorial Day is upcoming, and I don't dread the barbecues and ice cream. Would I love to have a bowl of ice cream? Sure, but I look forward to wearing a bathing suit for the first time in 6 years more than another bowl of ice cream. I'm still working off last year's ice cream ;)
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    1848 days ago
    So true! Thanks for sharing. It is true for me that I lose the craving for the sweets when I give them up.

    1848 days ago
    Great post! I wish I had followed your example yesterday! I'm going to make sure that I concentrate more on WHO I am with than the food on the table. emoticon emoticon Thanks!
    1848 days ago
    I totally relate to what you are saying. Those things we thought were fun and made us happy were part of the issue in the long run. I don't miss indulging at all. I love feeling so much better. Great blog.
    1848 days ago
    I still love this blog. for some reason posted twice. So I just edited it to just tell you HI LOVED IT. Have a great Day .
    1848 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 2:01:15 PM
    I love this blog.I know the feeling yesterday I practiced MODERATION. I mean in years before I had no idea what that was. I fixed the traditional Easter dinner everyone loves. I adjusted mine , ate more veggies , less of everything else. IT was the first time in years I enjoyed the holiday and didn't feel so stuffed I couldn't move after dinner.

    Thanks for sharing you are so right . we do use all those Holidays as excuses to wait , not start, or give in a little.. just because we won't have it for one more year. But for some ,point finger at self , I need to focus so I can be here to have the time next year. the holiday with my family .. not the food. I would much rather have the moments with them then the food in my mouth. emoticon
    1848 days ago
    "Starting with Halloween, the end of the year is one long meal." Ain't that the truth. I got caught in the blur this year and gained 7 pounds but thankfully pulled myself out of it before the end of January. It was NOT worth it. This year I'm going to plan in advance to avoid falling into the same trap. Good for you for beating it!
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