CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dear Cindy,
Here we go again. The holidays are looming and the parties are lining up on my calendar. My husband feels obligated to accept every invitation and when we go, we eat and drink way too much. This on top of all the family celebrations we will host and attend.
I have been doing well managing my weight, and I know without a doubt that the next two months are going to put it all back on again. Maybe I lack willpower because I dive into the appetizers and forget all that I've worked hard to achieve. How can I make it through the holiday season feeling good instead of guilty? -- Pam
It's true. November and December are open season for eating and drinking in excess. The holiday open houses, spiritual celebrations, family meals and the obligatory office parties give us opportunities to consume excessive calories, fat, sweets and alcohol. Oftentimes, we have two or three events in a single day and deem it a success when we can hit every one of them. Interestingly, the idea of socializing draws us there, but take away the savory appetizers, spirits and sweet treats and you will find an empty room.
To make matters worse, during this hectic time, we often put exercise on the back burner in an effort to fit in everything else. These training timeouts combined with feeding frenzies push us into the new year with shame in our hearts and extra pounds on our hips. It's no wonder we tend to make our new year's resolutions more about weight loss than self-fulfillment.
Get through the year with a clean conscience
We've all been through a number of holidays, so it comes as no surprise that we will face abundance. Lots of parties go hand in hand with lots of food and lots of drink. So take a proactive approach. First, decide to attend the functions with more discretion when it comes to food and cocktail selection and portion control. Before you arrive at social gatherings, eat a healthy snack and drink a tall glass of water. Once you arrive, avoid making a beeline to the bar or food table. Give yourself a little time to socialize.