Sparking Through The Holidays
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Hello everyone...just a quickie note to let you know I'm still kickin' and Keeping the Spark through the holidays. I've been more rock-solid than ever in my commitment to living free from sugar and processed carbs which has counter-intuitively (given the constrictions of no sugar, no processed carbs) enabled me to feel more liberated than ever in managing my food.
As I read more by Dr. Barbara Berkeley I find so much of her advice echoes what I independently found to work for me. Here is her latest Surviving the Holidays blog:
My weight has been holding steady between 210-215 which is A-OK by me. Perhaps someday I might try to kick it downward, but to be able to maintain so effortlessly has been such a joy that I'm in no hurry to rock the boat.
I recently found (GASP!) some carb-contraband tucked away in the far recesses of my otherwise squeaky-carb-clean cupboards: 3 boxes of Pillsbury Quick Breads. I made them up and passed them along to my neighbors (sorry folks, not very "neighborly" of me...lol) without indulging in any of it myself. I've been passing up on all the holiday goodies which are ever-present at work these days. My voracious and insatiable carbie-tiger has been sleeping so peacefully these days, why would I dare risk poking a stick at it?!? :-)
While I'm not as physically active as I would like to be, I haven't been slouching either...heading off to spinning class and weight lifting a couple times a week, toss in an elliptical workout and maybe either a bike ride or this past weekend when it was sunny but too chilly for bike riding (30s...yeah, I'm a cold-weather wuss on the bike) I dusted off the Nordic poles for an urban hike out of Binghamton up Mygatt & Ridge to the top of Prospect Mountain to take in the beautiful view of the city sprawling out below in the setting sun and rising moon.
I'm looking forward to volunteering along with many others to put on a Christmas dinner for the needy tomorrow and Christmas...a relatively new tradition I've enjoyed maintaining.
Sending out wishes to everyone for a wonderful holiday season. Think twice before you indulge in holiday treats and beverages...is it REALLY WORTH IT?
The best holiday times are filled with heartfelt connections with family and loved ones and sharing special experiences together...all of this can be free of calories and the weight gain fallout that we all know so well. Give yourself a holiday filled with SPARK!
ps...finally took some time in the kitchen to make up a yummy, spicy Pumpkin & Black Bean soup!