For those of us working on healthy weight management, there sometimes is a risk of overlooking the forest for the trees. By that, I mean that as we strategize and plan for the truly big eating events (Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, etc.) we may overlook the important day-to-day eating, cooking and food shopping during the course of the season.
If we overindulge, there is the temptation of the in-for-a-dime-in-for-a-dollar syndrome, where we just give up trying. By contrast, if we set overly restrictive goals, we can end up deprived and resentful and at risk of throwing ourselves offtrack at the next Ďunexpected eating opportunity.í
Fortunately, Iím amazed and delighted to report that this was the first Thanksgiving Day in my own living memory where I took care of myself and ate wisely. I hit the gym in the morning, took the dog to a wilderness park for a hike in the afternoon, and made a special, but sensible, meal for dinner. In the evening we went out to the movies. It was a relaxed, low-key, but nevertheless pleasing holiday.
Now Iím focused on having the first Thanksgiving WEEKEND of smart eating and healthy exercise. There are already holiday foods everywere in sight and a lot of seasonal triggers that loom on the horizon (cooler, wetter weather, parties, etc.). How nice it will be if I can maintain a sense of balance and satisfaction.
So, as the holiday season stretches ahead, Iím thinking not only about my overall weight management goal (Iím working on losing two more pounds by the end of the year), but Iím also planning to get in my fruits and vegetables, my exercise and my other health-enhancing habits. As is often mentioned, Iíll also be planning on getting enough SLEEP this year.
Thanksgiving Day is behind us, do you know what youíre doing next?