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The holidays

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'm excited about the holiday season, but unlike years past, for different reasons. I truly want to test myself with regard to lifestyle changes. Are they truly part of me? Are they forced? Can temptation overcome my will power or have I become the master of temptation?

My personal challenge will be to lose 10 pounds from the day before Halloween to the day after New Year's day. This will include some big diet killers: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve.

Let's face it, holidays are associated with food and festivity. And not just the specific days, but all the days surrounding the holidays. Just a time for letting down our guard.

I don't feel we should deny or deprive too much. We should enjoy, but with an eye toward the greater goal: our health and fitness.

For instance, my image of Thanksgiving includes things like pumpkin pie and those dang delicious leftovers. Such images and associations trigger a strong urge to stuff things down our throats. One of my fond associations is pumpkin pie smothered with whipped cream. It seems naked without it. I crave it. What i plan to do is have a smaller slice without the whipped cream. It just won't be the same and my associations which lead to the craving with, hopefully, diminish. Same thing with the leftovers. I have a fetish for turkey sandwiches on white bread, covered with mayo and Clauson garlic dill slices that goes back to my childhood. I usually eat tons of these following Thanksgiving dinner. This year, I'll do it without the mayo or pickles or white bread. I guarantee that craving will slowly be choked lifeless.

So, my goal becomes losing 10 pounds rather than gaining the usual 10 pounds during the holiday season. That's a swing of 20 pounds, pretty great for a two month period, right? Only time will tell if I'm successful, but as per Spark, I'm starting now to visualize my decision making process during this time. Posting this, my first blog, on a public board is a tool toward holding myself accountable. Time will tell.
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    I think I will have a holiday challenge, too. Not sure what it will be but at least 10 by Christmas and no weight gain the next week! Hang in there. emoticon
    3685 days ago
  • JLWOF1
    Great challenge! emoticon
    3686 days ago
    That is a great plan, Keith! You have a much better chance of being successful if you work on portion control, instead of denying yourself completely. I think a tiny plop of whipped cream is okay, too.

    I also love those turkey sandwiches. That is the least of my evils, though. I make a HUGE batch of dressing, so we can eat on it all week long. Good cornbread dressing made with butter, eggs, chicken broth, and whole milk. Smothered in gravy made with MORE butter, turkey drippings, livers, gizzards, MORE eggs and milk. Mmmmmmmm. I can smell it baking right now. So . . . how about I only make enough for ONE leftover day, and cut my portion?

    I know you are going to exceed your expectations!

    3686 days ago
  • KEITHA39
    Thanks to each of you. I went over my plans with my family and am excited about doing what I have to.
    3687 days ago
    After seeing what you've done on the Walktober team, I know you can meet this holiday challenge! Good luck with it! emoticon
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  • no profile photo YOGAMASTER
    good luck with your challenge!
    3687 days ago
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