Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

A Quiet Day

Posted on: December 18, 2012


Don’t  have a lot to share today, but I didn’t want to miss posting.

I made a pot of chili over the weekend, that worked out to 6 Points Plus for a one-cup serving.  It was also a bit milder than usual, because I couldn’t find the can of Ro*Tel I thought I had handy.  I also made pernil (roasted pork shoulder), which came out yummy.

I’m going to make a pot of split pea soup tomorrow, and a friend is bringing me some jars of mince to make into pies at some point.

However, the main thrust of this week will be cleaning.  I seem to have committed to making a dinner for some friends on Christmas Day, so today was spent, for example, digging out and reassembling my dining room table.  Two of my friends, N & C, have each volunteered to bring things:  N is bringing the stuffing, and a green bean casserole, and C is bringing her cauliflower/broccoli mash, and — if she can find some — spaghetti squash!  The roomie and I are making a roasted turkey breast, and a ham, and assorted side dishes that we love (we are going to sit down to plan in a while).

One thing I’ve done is to finally start a list of my friends’ food allergies and dislikes.  I picked up the idea from my friend P, up in Massachusetts, because so many of the people I enjoy cooking for do have food allergies.

One other thing I will be doing this evening is a test run of making a serving tray out of peppermint candies.  I saw this on The Chew, in a “Clinton’s Craft Corner” segment, and it caught my fancy.

I am intending to get through the holiday and not stray from my program.  I’ve done this before, and I know that I can do it.  Diana pointed out at meeting that we tend to revert to behavior that no longer serves us.  We do this for a number of reasons — fear, return to a comfort zone, stuffing emotions in a family situation — the reasons are as numerous as the people who choose them.  Me, I intend to stay with my program, and realize that no matter what food choices I make, they are choices.

We make hundreds of decisions about food every day, consciously or  unconsciously.  My goal is to make them consciously — if I see something I want to eat that is not a better choice, to ask myself if it’s worth the points I would spend on it.  There are some things that will be, no doubt, but December holidays only come once a year, and will not break me, no matter if I lose weight, stay the same, or (heaven forfend!) gain a few pounds.  Should the latter happen, I will just pick myself up and get back on track at the next meal.  I am committing to not doing a “I’ll go back next week” kind of thing, because I know that “next week” becomes “next month,” becomes “I gain back all the weight I lost.”

So, as the holiday approaches, my questions are:

What do you expect your food experiences to be over the holidays?  Do you have dishes you can contribute to the meal so that you won’t feel deprived?  What strategies will you use — Simply filling?  Plate proportion (2/3 veggies, 1/3 protein)?  Counting Points Plus?  Choosing to eat the way you did before you decided to make better food choices?  

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