This season, I'm not just dealing with holiday eating, but holiday eating in a different state, and one that has lots of delicious food that we don't have in Texas, so it's a potential double-whammy when it comes to trying to maintain some semblance of healthy eating.
Now, I could just let it all go, eat all the things and face the music in January, but let's face it, that's how I did it for too many years and if you look at my "before" pictures, you can see that it didn't go so well for me. Not only was it too hard to get back on track, but I really didn't feel super great when I ate ALL THE THINGS. So this holiday/vacation season, that we get to spend in North Carolina with both of our kids (adults...kadults? I feel like there should be a word for this), I'm vowing to do things a little differently.
First, I'm bringing my standard breakfast fare (craisins, low-calorie granola) and will buy my beloved Fage plain Greek yogurt when we arrive. Hopefully starting out most of the mornings with a normal breakfast will put me in the mindset that it's a regular eating day. Now, I'm sure I'll be having pumpkin pie for breakfast the day after Christmas, as is our tradition, and also we plan on doing a long run with breakfast out at the end, but it would be nice to not begin most of my days with a calorie bomb.
Second, the word of the day is SALADS. Even when we go out to the BBQ joints, I'm planning on ordering a salad. I know that these places are very generous with their serving sizes, so I feel pretty confident that I can have some tastes of whatever Jeff and the kadults (...is it working for you yet?) order, and come out of it without feeling the need to A) unbutton my jeans; B) roll out to the car; or C) fall into a food coma.
Third, exercise. We are still in training mode for the Houston half marathon, which is in mid-January, so we have to get some good long runs in while we're in North Carolina. I'm pretty excited about this, actually, because there are a lot of great running trails and paths available, and the weather should be nice and cool. So running will not only help with the extra calories, but also, maybe I'll cool it on overeating because running with a janky stomach is not fun.
The last thing that I haven't quite figured out is the candy issue. Because I'm going to have some (I ordered some See's Candy to be sent to Sam's place). And I'm going to enjoy it. But I know me, and once I start up with the sugar, it's a hard habit to break. Obviously sugar is a trigger for me, but it's one I don't want to give up. Life is too short to never eat good chocolate. So although I've identified a potential problem, I don't have a solution. Maybe the salads and exercise will help offset the chocolate? I'm human, I know I won't be perfect with my eating this season, but I should be a lot better with it than I used to be...and that's pretty much all I can hope for; if my imaginary report card has "shows improvement" checked, I'll be happy.