Terri’s View: As I sit here on Halloween evening, I am actually not in a chocolate coma. That alone is something I have to celebrate! I have been trying very hard these past 2 weeks to undo the damage I did previously. Halloween is a tough holiday for me. When you have young kids, it’s not just 1 day; the goodie bags start coming home early in the week. When Ty came home with the first of the loot the other day, I immediately separated the hard candy and chocolate. I stashed the chocolate in the bag with the mini pretzel bags I had bought to give out to treaters (yes, I am the house that does not give out candy) and put it in the garage. I am a very “out of sight, out of mind” type.
I was stressing about all the chocolate and needed to mentally prepare myself for this day. I told myself I would not have any, as even 1 piece can sometimes kick off a binge. I decided abstinence was the way to go. Thank goodness my monthly friend was just over so I did not have that monster whispering in my ear to take the goodies and run!
I was surprised when my 4-year-old said he was tired and sat in the wagon with a bag of chips and was quite content. We asked if he wanted to go up to another house and he said, “No, I have enough chocolate.” Wow! “enough chocolate” coming from a 4-year-old! Did this child really sprout from my loins?
When we got back to the house, I didn’t dig in their bags. My daughter (no doubt she’s my child) was rummaging for the peanut butter cups. Don’t get me wrong, they looked good, but I was determined not to undo my week of hard work. It wasn’t even that hard to resist. But I must say, I did a lot of mental prep ahead of time. If I hadn’t – it could have gotten ugly with a lot of wrappers spewed in the air. Some neighbors were over and we ordered pizza and heroes. Again, I did well ordering a grilled chicken wrap. I had no pizza nor did I have Halloween cookies for dessert.
I am happy that Halloween is over for sure. I still have a ton of chocolate in the house, but I put it into a small bag (my kids are still young enough not to really notice how much was there.) They like the lollipops and stuff that doesn’t tempt me, so I keep that for them. I’ll let them have a little chocolate over the next couple of days, but once they see the bag empty – that’s it! I’ll give the remainder away. Just because I am strong now, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t hit it hard in another day so. It needs to be gone.
As I was going through their candy I must say I did allow myself one piece. I gave it a lot of thought and wanted to make sure I could handle just one piece as a treat without causing a snowball effect. I told myself make it worth it and I chose a mini reeses peanut butter cup. It was delightful and I enjoyed it more as it was a conscience choice not just ripping the paper off and getting it in as fast as possible. So another Halloween down and this was a strong success for me getting through this whole week without a chocolate overload. Now how many more weeks till Thanksgiving?
Ed’s View: The temperature is falling along with the leaves. Halloween is now behind us, but ahead is the holiday season; a time for family, friends and eating. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends at this time of year but it seems as if everyone stresses over the holidays because of food.
You have parties, nights out and shopping for gifts for everyone. It does have a tremendous impact on your diet and exercise; that is, if you let it. We need to make time to exercise the same way we make time to go out for the night to either shop or party, although it’s sometimes more fun to do these things, we need to continue to exercise. I find myself planning my week out around my gym habits now. I look forward to continuing this throughout the Holidays.
You plan out your day, week and month. You know when office parties or get-togethers are. Make sure you plan your workout as well and stick to it. Trust me, doing this will keep you on track and continue your weight loss. As I have said in the past, you are a human and putting a turkey with all the fixings in front of you throws a curveball at you. Yes, I enjoy eating this meal, but I go back on track and don’t get upset that I allowed myself this leeway.
With the holidays coming up to us as fast as the Polar Express; enjoy them! Remember it is the time for family and friends and if it’s been awhile since the last time you saw these people, enjoy the reaction they have seeing you and the weight you have lost.