Boy, there is a lot of food floating around during this time of year. Keeping the skills in play, the sabotaging thoughts under control and old habits from creeping in has been a challenge. I had no idea it would all come at me at the same time or sneak around the corner in the form of a nice gesture like baking and bringing my favorite dessert. It was a super busy week. One of those weeks where you have everything to do and feel as though you are pulled in a million different directions (like so many other weeks in the year). On top of working every day last week, I hosted my entire immediate family for Christmas. That is 14 people including six children ages 18 months to 13 years (with a set of 6 year-old twins). People started to arrive a few days before the holiday and we celebrated on Christmas Eve. I made the big dinner menu of items I felt I cook well, directed items from my mom and some family staples. Although cooking for 14 is a task, it also means I had control over the ingredients and the preparation. I woke up early Christmas Eve to start cooking. I kept in mind not to do too much tasting and random eating. I had a small breakfast and snack so I wouldn’t feel too hungry and overeat. My feet and back hurt from standing and bending. Listen, when your feet and back hurt with a house full of food and people, skills start to get very slippery. We sat around the table laughing and making merry. There were sweet desserts, sweet punch, sodas, wine, and more food than we could or should consume. We opened gifts and enjoyed having everyone all together again. The one thing that did fall by the wayside was structured workouts. I didn’t feel as though I made the time and space to work out, but I did do a few squats, some crunches and I was up and down the steps in my house more than usual. As the house settled, folks retired for the night, the kids got sleepy and leftovers lined the counter, I took inventory of how it all went. I can always do better but the best thing is that I was mindful of my skills. I had them in the forefront of my mind and if I did slip into an old habit or went down the path to overeat, I made a U-turn right there on the spot. ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the scale says I maintained. Merry Christmas to me as I shake my jingle bells. As I round out this year, I can only say it has been a phenomenal journey. I will end this year 45 pounds lighter and in a better mental space concerning weight management. While I didn’t make my ultimate goal of 50 pounds YET, there is still 4 days left in this year to see what I can pull off. The moral of the story is: it is never too late to start something new. As I stand here, almost 365 days later, I am proof that it can be done with a determined mind, solid skills, planning, hard work, a good support system and a willingness to overcome whatever has held you back in the past. Feel free to follow my progress towards the next 50 and I will see you in 2017!
Written by Purple Pearls