Christmas Recovery

December 27, 2010

I trust that you all had a fabulous holiday weekend.

If the fun of my Christmas was in direct proportion to the amount food I ate than I had a great one! A great thing for having a fun. A horrible thing for the way my pants feel this morning!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted, as long as it was special – something I normally don’t eat/have. Well… I guess I apparently was feeling a little suppressed, because everything was special and I had some. Honestly, though, most things really were things I don’t normally have:

Tamales – check
Beef Taquitos – check
Lots of Guacamole - check
Godiva Chocolate from my stocking – check check triple check!
Lefse – homemade by me – with butter or cheese and apple Gouda sausage – check
Cranberry Walnut Bread – check
Marzipan Stolen - check
So many pieces of fudge and lemon curd shortbread cookies that I lost count – again made by me check x 100
Various glasses of champagne, bloody Marys and other alcoholic beverages – check!
Homemade Chex Mix – gotta have it!
Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes - check
Cherry Pie – check!

So there… you can see that, I too, am fallen.

I stand before you confessing my holiday food sins. Except guess what? I don’t feel much shame… maybe a little – mostly for the little bit of spillover I had into Sunday.

Yeah, my pants feel tight this morning, and I’m having a sugar hangover. I’m up 8 pounds (not kidding), most of which HAS to be water retention right? – think ham + alcohol = double whammy! The old me would have thrown in the towel for the rest of the year, which sounds way worse than it is at this point in the calendar. But the new me… she got up, showered, put the tight pants on, did her hair and makeup, made a breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt, worked out, turned down an invite to eat lunch out and instead ate a small ham sandwich, a banana, an orange, and some cucumbers, and drank 6 glasses of water today so far. She is moving on with …away from those few days of eating with abandon.

Good try ghosts of fat Sarah past… I know this trick you play… but you lose this time!

I win! I win because I did Christmas the way I wanted, and am still under goal (barely) and here to tell about it. So I’m up a few pounds… I know exactly what to do about that. I’m not going to let it get me down.

As I’ve said many times before… this is life and I intend on living it! Besides… it’s Monday

How are you recovering from Christmas, or do you even need recovery?

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  1. Great way to bounce back, Sarah, and be in control - NOT the emotional reaction in control. I think that is a perfect example as to how we should handle when we do get our pants feeling a bit tight. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas!!

    Happy New Year!


  2. Sarah, when I read that you weighed in 8 pounds heavier, I HAD to comment and let you know that over Thanksgiving when I was in KY (just 3 days, mind you) I came back home ELEVEN pounds heavier. I freaked, I kid you not. It took 6 days to get the weight back off...along with more water than I've had all year (lol) but it happened. I think those of us in maintenance have this super hypersensitivity to sugars/carbs or something.

  3. I LOVED this post!! You have come so far, and life is about enjoying times and food with families on holiday's and not feeling guilty. After all it is such a short time and then right back on track. Thanks for this great post!

  4. I am so with you. I too enjoyed too much food and unfortuanely enjoyed (not really) a weight gain (3lbs). I am commiting to start again. Yesterday was hard but today I have been tracking my food! WE can do this...let's get back on track!!


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