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What This Thanksgiving Taught Me! Stuffing myself does not relieve Stress!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hello All!

How did you do last week on your healthy journeys? My path was a bit of a mixed bag. I did have a plan and for the four days preceding Thanksgiving, I did Great! I got in my 10,000 steps, did my strength training, stayed within my calorie range, kept up my nutrition, got proper rest, drank the water and treated myself well. Even on Thanksgiving I exercised and played some wild WII Dancing games with my niece! I planned for some indulgences and brought a healthy dish to the family dinner. All went well!

Then the day after Thanksgiving came, we got some news which caused financial upset and I came apart a little. Those leftovers in the fridge called out to me and I found myself trying to take some comfort in carbs! We had to make some emergency home repairs over the weekend and I did not have time to get in my walks and most of my good habits took time off.

On the second day, as I was chewing through a big sourdough roll, I had a flashback of holidays past. I remembered that I have often been really good at taking care of myself BEFORE the arrival of a holiday. After Thanksgiving in particular, the demands of the season have often become overwhelming to me and I have sought refuge in food. I have given up and indulged in whatever seemed appealing at the time to keep me going. But what an illusion! I never felt better and always ended the season exhausted, possibly sick and feeling terrible about myself.

No More! I felt so strong and wonderful on Thanksgiving. The good habits are becoming more appealing than the sloppy ones. And I have some new strategies!
1. No leftovers (especially the sweet stuff & zero fiber bread) in the house.
2. Get in daily exercise Early (before other demands take over).
3. Have a meal plan of healthy foods that I LOVE in place for the days following a holiday.
4. Do something fun just for me 10-30 min. daily. Like playing with the dogs, reading, taking a warm bath, playing a game,
tending the garden, etc.
5. Make the commitment in writing to myself or join a Spark People challenge to help me stay on track!
Simple yet powerful!

Here we stand on the brink of a brand new month!
Now I have even less fear of the holidays to come.
I am prepared with a plan and I know a bit more about myself and my tendencies. I feel freer to enjoy my family and friends and the true spirit of the holidays instead of hiding in the next sugary treat!

Blessings to All as you learn about yourselves!
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    Another good blog, Thanks for sharing, I love getting ideas from others to help me stay on track.
    3896 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4830177
    I just recd some news that bums me out, I was diagnosed with shingles. I can't go to the pool because of the eruptions, this means more pain plus the pain from the virus (chickenpox, you know). I too will try not to resort to food to comfort my distress. I'm keeping my nutrition a priority and will remain positive and try to relax. That's the plan. Thanks for sharing your strategies, Janet!
    3896 days ago
  • no profile photo NAJENA
    You have learned a valuable lesson that will take you far. Yep one day at a time. emoticon
    3897 days ago
    I am slowly letting healthy habits become my preference. Old habits do die hard, don't they? Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois
    3897 days ago

    Our journey never ends!
    3897 days ago
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