Okay, so I had hit some set backs and had gained back a few pounds. Not so good; however, I made healthy choices this whole Thanksgiving/Black Friday craziness week and weekend and I am so proud of myself. Usually, I make 3 or 4 pies and even though it is just a few of us, I bring out all the pies. Then I make candied yams with enough maple syrup and marshmallows and brown sugar to cause a hippo to go into a sugar coma. Add in the box stuffing, the white rolls, the green been casserole, the scalloped potatoes and plenty of soda and cider and I look like a blimp on feet!
In addition to all that craziness, becasue it is so stressful at work all week, I eat enough fried food to sink a ship and I do no more walking or anything that I don’t have to do. And then, I look back at the week and wonder why I gained 5 pounds!
Not this year! This year, I walked every opportunity I could. I parked all the way at the end of the parking lot and pushed a cart back up the hill walking as fast as I could. This year, I didn’t eat all the bad stuff. I ate half of what I normally eat for lunch – still had some bad food, but not as much.
And my menu? It changed too! Instead of candied yams, I had baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon and honey butter. Instead of green bean casserole and scalloped potatoes, I had red potatoes and fresh green beans, seasoned with garlic and tumeric and pepper. Instead of 3 or 4 large pieces of ham, I had 2 small ones and I enjoyed how flavorful my ham tasted.
Then, when my husband took my daughter to work, instead of taking a nap or reading, I helped out at my daughters house with doing laundry and cleaning the kitchen (yes, I had permission before I started!). I made myself climb the hallway stairs to go to the upstairs bathroom rather than using the downstairs bathroom.
And I didn’t stresss as much. I laughed about stuff. I took a nap after working a 10 hour shift on Friday, rather than trying to get the car loaded and drive up to my daughters house. We went up Saturday and had a great time! I chose not to be upset at how my daughters house looked – usually, it would really bother me – but this time when I felt upset, I worked on my crocheting. Since I am still learning just the simplest things and since I have to really concentrate, it helped me not to be able to stress or eat.
As a result, I lost 4 pounds in a week rather than gaining 5 pounds in a week! I am so proud of myself! I still have a long long way to go, but I have made good choices this Thanksgiving and that is a great start!
Filed under: good choices on November 28th, 2012