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.