Gobble, gobble, can you believe it Thanksgiving is here! Speaking of “gobble”, this is not the time for so many of us to get gobbled up in the “curtain” of the “holidays”. I say the “curtain of the holidays”, because over the next seven weeks, those of us who really suffer from this disease can hide behind the “curtain of the holidays” and “eat” just like everyone else is doing! Oh sure, no one will notice us eating, because everyone is doing it, picking and chewing, and chewing, and chomping. All the food, spread out all over the place, plenty of opportunities for us to do all kinds of damage to ourselves.
This presents a couple of problems. First is that statistics say the average American will gain 14 to 20 pounds over the next 7 weeks…..Hello, Average!
When have most of us been average when it comes to eating? When they say 14 to 20 that means that some will gain 2 pounds and maybe some will even lose 3 pounds (Ha!). Then on the other hand, some of us could actually gain 40 or 60 pounds over the next seven weeks.
My problem is, especially if I do not keep myself in “check”, If I do not “Keep It Simple for Today”, my problem could and has been at times in the past that …
I begin eating the night before Thanksgiving (when we are doing the preparing) and do not finish until three days after the “Super Bowl” which is in late January early February. I can, and have eaten as if it is holiday every single one of those Seventy days.
This is why we all need to focus.
Thanksgiving is a day to surely be thankful and not for the poor Turkey that gave its life for us. We need to be “thankful for the chance to be able to be thankful”.
We need to look around and see the real things that we have to be thankful for.
Spend a moment (at least) during that day to reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. It is not about the food.
You have eaten it all before!
If you do right by yourself this year, you will live for another, to taste it all again.
Look, the reality is you are going to eat more than 1600 calories probably that day….okay!
That is one day! Not every day, not the next seven weeks! Besides it, does it really have to be 16,000 calories?
You can have a small piece of pie, a taste, if you need to have it…
Then that is it! The holiday does not continue until and through Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and Ground Hog Day.
No, there are breaks in between those days.
You do not have to celebrate every social event at office parties, house parties, family gatherings, and all of them with a mouthful of food.
Swallow a little and talk. Socialize, it is fun.
The Holidays can and should be a time to spend and enjoy with your friends, family and loved ones. Time spent, without food making you feel either sick, guilty or both!!
Whatever you do, do not say those horrible dreadful “Loser” words…..
”Ah, I’ll make a New Years Resolution and I will start my diet January 2nd”!!!!!!!
It is only November, December, it is today!
Do it now! You are now!
You are alive …now!! You count…now!!
You can do it ….Now!
So gobble, gobble, let’s finish ’09 ….“In Line”!
“In Line for a great 2010”.
A 2010 where there will be no end of “You taking care of You”.
To all my friends and buddies and to all my “brothers and sisters” in battle ….
I wish to you a very happy, healthy, thankful holiday season and I am thankful we get this chance to share together…..
Eat smart, Think well, do not hate, be less angered, and smile when in neutral …..
All my love