With the holiday season in full swing, the scary temptations are everywhere! Next weekend, we are invited to a dear friend's house to share their early Thanksgiving dinner. I have been asked to bring 2 deserts. I will make a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger snap crust. If it turns out well, I will make the same cake for Thanksgiving Day at my folk's house in celebration of my Mom's birthday. I will also bring a plate of brownies as the #2 desert. Do you think it is possible for me to escape without a small piece of the cheesecake???? I think not!
Then on Sunday, we are meeting a BFF for a brunch. I think I will do fine because I will be able to make my own selection and eat clean. Then, of course, there is 'turkey day" itself. As I mentioned, there will be yummy pumpkin cheesecake, as well as homemade german chocolate cake for my husband's birthday cake! I also make a killer brie and smoked salmon breakfast strata and bring it over for everyone to enjoy. It is simply delicious! I know I will have some of the best mashed potatoes in the world with killer gravy and a hot cornbread muffin with butter and honey - 2 of my favorite things on Thanksgiving Day! OK, I admit it, I will fast the day after to compensate!
Then there are a few big parties in December. I will save all my calories for those parties. Then I will allow myself to taste all of my Mom's Christmas cookies on 12/24 and 12/25. See why I think it is scary???
This year, my goal will be to practice moderation with these celebrations. I met a very interesting woman yesterday who described how she overcame 20 years of cigarette addition, including trying every program, patch and gum out there to quit. She decided she could reprogram her brain's response to the desire for a cigarete, which she says occurred every 20 minues of her adult life. Everytime she experienced the cigarette craving, she would drop to the floor, literally, and do 10 push ups. She said, when she began, she could not do 10, and even then only on her knees. She is quite proud of the fact that now she can do 20 full body push ups all the way to the floor and back up to straight arms. She has successfully reprogrammed her brain signals and has been cigarette free for 2 full years! She states she will never have another cigarette.
Do you think I will be doing push-ups through the holidays? You betcha. I am going to reprogram my brain's response to food desires. I will let you know how it goes!
Desire to overcome the longing for food that I do not need. Dedication to honor my favorite holidays. Discipline to drop and do 10 push-ups.