And So It Begins…

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving and the the official start of the Christmas season, at least according to me! I love Christmas, but with it comes the dreaded f-word.


Food is everywhere you look! Just last night I was tempted beyond belief by a table of decadent desserts.

There was another table full of crackers, cheese, and wine. Holy temptation!

I did well, I merely had one bite of Jon’s carmel fudge torte and stopped at that. I barely made it though.

I am working on why I over indulge on food and I am learning a lot good things about myself and my emotional eating, but I still have a long way to go. So for now I have plans in place to keep me on track.

Here are a few things I do:

1. Enjoy the people that come with the event rather than the food. All the food I shouldn’t eat usually shows up at parties and peoples’ homes over Christmas. I went to see them, not to grow my muffin top. So instead of indulging on cookies and wine, I try to indulge on great conversation and laughter while sipping my black coffee or water with a slice of lemon.

2.  Have a reason to eat healthy. When I was 8 weeks out from my Figure Competition, this was EASY. Putting on a teeny, tiny, bedazzled suit and wearing it in public is motivation! But if you aren’t around the corner from a competition having a reason in mind to not shove 5 shortbread cookies into your mouth is very helpful. Before you eat the cookie ask yourself, “Does this cookie help me reach my goal of being a well balanced and healthy individual?” If the answer is no, put the cookie DOWN and walk away slowly.

3. Indulge now and again. You can’t give up everything all of the time, but choose your indulgences wisely. Pass on the potatoes and gravy and choose a small, fabulous dessert to eat. While you eat it, enjoy it! And after you’re done, be happy for your treat. As my nutrition coach says, “Is this the last time you’re going to be able to eat mashed potatoes? If not, choose to indulge on something worthwhile!

Hopefully this helps you while you battle the f-word this Christmas. What tips and tricks do you have to keep yourself on track?

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  1. Very good food for thought, seriously! Thanks for pointing this out as they’ll serve as a good reminder for when the holiday season kicks in; something that’s been worrying me a wee bit.

  2. It’s so much easier on this side of the globe, because its summer .. and summer means baring the bod! A bloated tummy does not look good in a bikini 😉

  3. Hi Donloree,
    Glad to see you’re keeping up the good work!
    I also struggle with not being able to resist food.
    I have been trying to lose weight for a month now but to no avail.
    Some friends have recommended the Atkins Diet. Others have said I shoudl try the CKD (Cyclic Ketogenic Diet) to keep muscle while I quickly lose fat.
    Did you ever use either of these when you lost your weight? Or did you siply eat clean, sensibly, and exercise?
    Interested to hear your thoughts 🙂

    • I have never done a ‘diet’. I have just tried to eat healthy and change the kinds of food. I worry about things like the atkins diet and stuff like that because it just isn’t a healthy choice. In reality, we should all be more worried about how healthy we are rather than what size pants you’re wearing. BUT the healthier you get the smaller the pants get! I suggest to start, write down everything you eat and the time of the day you eat it for a week. Then take a peek back and see where you’re overeating and what you could cut out. That’s a start for sure! I am clean eating, exercise machine! 🙂

  4. Cindy Smith says

    Way to remain strong, Donloree! We’re actually spending Thanksgiving in Puyallup and staying with the Clarkes. So far I haven’t done half bad in avoiding temptation, but Thanksgiving dinner is only 4 or 5 hours away, lol. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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