This will be my first year entering the holidays with weight management in mind. The previous years were spent in gluttonous agony, eating, not a care in the world and feeling miserably stuffed trying to fit every single dish on one plate with multiple plates at one setting. Then I had the nerve to wonder why my clothes didn’t fit. With Thanksgiving next week, kicking off a season of eating from one holiday to the next, I am drawing up my battle plans, exit strategies and getting armed now. Insert the sound of military drumming here. This is a familiar opponent and I know my weak spots. I cannot just do this with sheer will alone, no, I have to prepare to go under intense attack. I can decimate cakes, pies and sweets with no problem, those are not my weak spots. Battle Plan A: know your weak spots. If it’s sweets, prepare yourself. For me, it will be portion control and fattening foods. I have to plan specifically for Mom’s mac n cheese, Dad’s homemade hot sausage stuffing, my sister’s peas and pastry and barbeque from the local spot. Battle Plan B: stick to the schedule. I have scheduled my days with breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and a very small snack only if it doesn’t put me over calories for the day. Otherwise, tough cookie…more calories than I should during the day, I go to bed after a large glass of water. I tell myself, honey that is on you, you’re the one that wanted to eat out for lunch, no snacks for you, GO TO BED! But then again, that’s how I have to talk to myself. Battle Plan C: don’t let exercise go. Good portion control should allow you to take a stroll after eating, not roll around in misery on the chair with your mouth greasy and stains on your shirt, too full to get up. After I eat a sensible, portioned plate, slowly and mindfully I am getting up and running out the house like someone is behind me with an axe. We generally socialize around the table, I am getting up so I am not tempted to “nickel and dime” a dollop of potatoes here, a spoonful of cranberry sauce there and just a little more barbecue…on a yeast roll…with a pinch of ham…oh and some sweet potatoes, while talking about the latest family news. Get up and move out of the war zone. If you had guns pointed at you with no cover, would you just sit there. No way, I am listening from the next room or standing. Battle Plan D: make a plate with left overs early. I would always eat because I thought if I don’t get my favorite now, it will be gone or I don’t get it often. I intend to eat my sensible portion and after I am done, go ahead and portion off my leftovers. I can have some now and some later. I will eat a small breakfast and my snack so I don’t feel like I am starving when the big dinner is served. I have more planning to do, but I am going in eyes wide open. At 296.9 after losing 43.1 pounds, sweating, muscles burning, working through cramps, watching every bite, eating those bites slowly, bones aching, fitting into clothes again and receiving compliments that I had lost weight, I’m not gonna let food pushers, peer pressure or a few dishes set me back. What are your tips for staying the course during the holidays? This is my first one to survive, troops, I need your help. 10-4, over and out.
Written by PurplePearls