Thank you all for your nice comments on my holiday post on Monday. It’s so much fun enjoying the holidays with family and friends.
I’m wondering about something though. I’m working with a few people right now on weight loss, and one of them said to me, “I can’t wait until I don’t have to think about the holidays and all the food anymore.” We talked about that, but later I thought about it further.
No matter where you are in the weight loss/weight maintenance process, aligning your thinking away from “getting through the holidays” to “learning to make choices that make your life easier forever” is really the important thing to learn about the holidays.
It’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief when it’s all over and the kids have eaten all their stocking candy. And truly, I’m a little glad when it’s all gone, too. But I learned that the holidays shouldn’t make you feel unduly stressed as you work on losing weight. My reasoning? Because one of the components to successful weight maintenance is learning to treat every day much as the one the day before.
Of course there are special occasions, but for the most part, the holidays are about making good choices fairly consistently. Like I explained to my friend, when you are losing weight you do think about the holidays a lot, but after you’ve lost the weight, you still must be careful and consistent about your food choices day in and day out for the rest of your life. The holidays are fun and sometimes stressful, but they need to be part of your life, because they aren’t going away.
I gave this explanation to my friend.
I know a woman who is 80 years old. She is slim and trim. She watches her food and exercises diligently – always.
My friend couldn’t believe it. She thought this lady just ate whatever she wanted without thinking about it. I told her that I do the same thing. I watch what I eat, monitor my weight and try to make healthy choices – no matter what time of year it is.
Now that you’ve negotiated the 2010 holidays successfully, how are you thinking about the holidays as being just another special part of your life? Diane