Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Letting the call of Holiday Foods go to Voice Mail . . . .

I have discovered through interviewing people who have lost 100, 200+ pounds naturally and are keeping the pounds off month in and month out, year in and year out, that such people do not take vacations from doing what works. In my efforts at keeping the pounds off I do not have a list of food holidays or take eating vacations. Anytime I have tried changing my food for Christmas or for a cruise I have gained weight and it was always harder to loose the weight I gained each time I 'experimented'. 

So Christmas is not a cookie fest anymore. You know what? It is still Christmas without the cookies. It is still Thanksgiving without buttered potatoes and pie with whip cream. I go to sleep on Thanksgiving night without a bloated stomach and without remorse. I get up the next morning with my respect for my body and choices intact. I have so much to be grateful for. 

On Thanksgiving this year I will write a list of the things I am grateful for entirely because I am keeping the pounds off. These will be things that I would not have in my life if i was struggling with excessive and addictive foods. 

No food ever tasted as good as a compliment feels. I relish the compliments. What helps inspire you to keep focused on your goals when holiday foods come calling?

~Jane

1 comment:

Me said...

I know this week is going to be tough as this is my first big holiday in my new lifestyle. However, I'm trying to provide plenty of reminders of why I do NOT want to over indulge in the holiday meals.

Nothing, even holiday meals, will taste as good as thin feels. It really seems silly to gain weight on a single day when it's taking weeks to take that weight off.

It's one day. It's one meal. The holiday is not about the food, unless you make it about the food.

These are the things I'm telling myself.