Weight: 293
Difference from last entry: +3

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season! This is my favorite time of the year for everything except for trying to keep my weight problems in check. There are so many yummy things to eat and drink this time of the year. Worse than that, there are so many people who just love to give people goodies at this time of the year. Go see a friend, and you get offered cookies. Go to a meeting, and there are donuts and bagels. Go visit your family, and there’s a seven-course meal, with three of the courses dedicated to dessert.

I still haven’t figured out how to get past this time of the year without gaining weight. I really seriously don’t even try any longer. I just acknowledge the fact that I am going to add five or ten pounds around this season, and prepare myself for it. If I know what the scale is going to show, then I won’t get depressed by it. And not getting depressed means that I won’t get thrown too far off track. I want to be able to start losing weight again come the first week of January. If I am happy with myself, and happy with life, and know that I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of those five or ten pounds that I gained, then I am more likely to be able to start losing weight in January than if I am disgusted with myself for not having control.

Now, having said all that, this doesn’t mean that I am going to give myself carte blanche to start eating anything and everything in sight. I am going to be responsibly bad. I am going to allow myself cookies, and cake and pie, and lots of turkey and ham and stuffing. The key is that I am not going to go overboard. One cookie may not be enough, but ten cookies are way too many. Keeping myself to two or three cookies is the reasonable, responsible thing to do. Along that same stretch of reasoning; one glass of egg nog is reasonable and responsible; an entire container of egg nog is not.

And then there’s exercise. I actually don’t have a reason at all to not exercise. All my Christmas shopping is done. 90% of the presents I have to wrap are already wrapped. My apartment is clean. I am out of excuses, so I’m not even going to try to make any! My goal for the next two weeks is to work out for at least a half-hour at least three days during the week. This will mean that I am doing 90 minutes more exercise a week than I usually do. This extra activity should help offset what I am eating. Perhaps I might even come in under the five pounds (or so) that I am expecting to gain! [grin]

So that is my holiday eating plans. Now that I have my plans set, and know what I am going to do, I can stop concentrating on them and instead concentrate on enjoying the holidays. And I hope that you do the same! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I hope that you and yours have a warm, loving and wonderful Christmas season!

– Miguelito