I had been a little worried about various traditions during the holiday period. One thing I always do is make mega-batches of sugared pecans to give away to friends, teachers, coaches, etc. They are so easy and yet so festive and delicious. But a little voice inside me was saying, “You’re not going to do THAT, are you?”
Well, I’m not going to make them and then eat a whole bag of them myself. Or keep them in a giant open bowl on the counter and grab a handful every time I go by. I’m not going to do that. But I am going to make them, and give a lot of them away, and keep some and eat them in a slow and mindful fashion. That I’ll do.
Another tradition Mr. McBody and I have is to purchase one bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream during the holiday time. Usually we drink one glass (each) while trimming the tree, and then we drink a little more when wrapping presents on Christmas eve. It’s not like this huge alcoholic blowout thing, it’s a little indulgence. But I thought, oh oh, we won’t be drinking our Bailey’s. But why the heck not?? So I bought a bottle, and we enjoyed it very much during the tree trimming, and the rest of the bottle is there. Realizing that we could still do these things Even Though I’m On this Healthy Path was like this huge lightbulb moment. Wow, I’m not dieting! I’m LIVING.
This lightbulb moment reminds me of a blog post I just read by Man Meets Scale, who, incidentally, I am going to meet tomorrow at an official WW event!! I am very excited about this. I’m going to tell him what a huge fan I am of his blog. And maybe bring him a piece of fancy chocolate for his stocking. 🙂
I also happen to be at the lowest weight I have been all 2009. It’s a funny number. As soon as I get into this number, something always goes Boing! in my head and I immediately start bouncing up. I’ve been trying to talk myself down this time though. I don’t know if it’s nervousness at going into this Very Unfamiliar Territory, or it’s a weird relaxation of focus because I think I’m “there” (whatever “there” is) — but this time I am wondering if I can actually STAY at this particular number and maybe even edge beyond it once we are in 2010. It’s a very curious little mind game I play with myself. Because to go beyond THIS number means…. I don’t even know what it means. It means something, though.
December 18, 2009 at 8:06 am
I read your articulate post and reread it and am still thinking:
hmmmm Ive never had an y baileys.
would I LIKE THE BAILEYS TOO?
December 19, 2009 at 1:57 am
Yeah Miz, you would like the Baileys. With ice. Yummmm.
December 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm
yes–you are LIVING! 🙂
also, inspired by you, i’ve made it my goal to lose 10 pounds in 2010. and up my running! and def run a 5k!
December 19, 2009 at 1:57 am
Oooooh run the 5k of the Oakland Running Festival! It’s gonna be so awesome!
December 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm
It sounds like you are navigating nicely. I’ve bumped against a few shoals this holiday season, but I haven’t wrecked the boat yet.
I am *dying* to know what The Number is. I’ll have to guess. That will amuse me!
December 19, 2009 at 1:58 am
LOL Larkspur, I’m dying to know what your guess is. 🙂 Email me your guess at foodiemcbody AT hotmail DOT com and I’ll tell ya.