Troops, we have arrived. The Battle of Thanksgiving is before us. In just 3 more days, a feast may be laid on tables across the land (no doubt dripping in greasy, buttery, syrupy sweetness). In that moment, we must choose our weapons and wield them wisely with intent and precision. We cannot let this one day, take us off the tasks we have worked so hard to achieve. We can do this! Battle plans were laid in the previous blog “Battle Plans: Arming Yourself for the Holidays”. We are prepared! I joined a “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenge at my job last week. We have to weigh in each week, sign a commitment to celebrate and maintain weight, choose healthy foods and aim to move as much as possible. I need all the help I can get this holiday season. Oh, I have battled the birthday cake monsters, work lunch foes and fast food minions. But Thanksgiving is a familiar opponent that I have lost to my whole life. I have spent 30-some years grubbing to misery and this year is definitely different. I have 11 months of weight management under my belt. Bigger than the holiday eating, my largest conquest lies ahead. I am only 7 pounds away from losing 50 pounds this year. The mountain was so tall in January. So the lesson for today is…don’t quit, don’t EVER quit! Just start and keep moving even if you’re marking time. Marking time is better than not moving at all. Little by little, you will achieve that thing. Stumble, trip, trot, jog or sashay (I prefer to sashay), but whatever you do, keep it going. One of my favorite pieces of wisdom from my mom is “how do you eat the elephant? One bite at a time”. There are very few things that happen in this life overnight. Life can be so fast that we miss it or so gradual that we take it for granted. We are not who we became overnight and we may not be where we want to be just yet. Regardless of your placement, take time to marvel in this moment. Right now could be the culmination of something big or the beginning of something great to come. I think we are all just a series of ebbs and flows. In addition to last week’s plans, I am writing myself some questions on notecards. Is it worth it? Can you save that for another meal or snack? How many calories is this? Did you plan for this? Remember all the hard work to get to this point? Why wait until after the holidays to stay on track, isn’t today good enough for you? Will this bite help you achieve your goal? I can’t trust myself just yet to have that conversation in my head alone. I can be hardheaded so I need to write it down. I am going to write a few other encouragement cards too. You are the bomb.com. You are fierce. You are achieving greatness. You can do this. You work hard and it’s paying off. You are greater than a few plates of food. Doing the same thing is boring, here’s a chance to change last year’s outcome. Ok, those are made. To my fellow soldiers in the fight, prepare yourself. You will be in a different setting, around different people, schedules changed and lounging. Man your battle station which is your mind. Take your gear which are your reminders AND workout clothes. This enemy is slick but you are not caught unaware. WAR CRY! Go get ‘em tiger. See you on the other side.
Written by Purple Pearls