Welcome to December. It feels like just yesterday I was complaining about the seemingly unending heat. Time, you sure do fly.
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is affectionately known as the eating season. And it’s true. To me, the holidays are about devouring goodies just as much as they’re about spending time with loved ones.
On holiday weight gain
And obviously you- or most of you- agree. I mean, don’t we hear people cry all the time that they gained 5 or 10 lbs. over the holidays?
Clearly, most of those people are exaggerating. But there is slight merit to these complaints. Most of us pack on an entire pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. (source)
Stop reading now if you think this post is going to be chock-full of tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain. Quite the contrary, my friends.
Instead of depriving myself, I prefer to enjoy the eating season to its fullest. For me, the pumpkin pie, gingerbread men, eggnog, and other holiday treats are worth the one pound weight gain.
It amazes me how wrapped up we can get in our waistlines. For example, shall we look at this conversation I had with my nameless friend the other day?
Me: Hi Nameless, how was your Thanksgiving?
Nameless: Good, but I ate SO much. I am so disgusting and fat. I gained 3 lbs.
Me: No you didn’t. It’s water weight and you’ll be back to normal in a few days.
Nameless: No, I won’t. I need to get my eating under control now or else I’ll gain 10 lbs. by New Year’s!
Me: No, you won’t.
Nameless: Yes, I will. I would be a blimp if I gained 10 lbs. It would be horrible.
Me: Clearly, the worst thing in the world.
Nameless: Right?! I’m going on a diet. I will lose these 3 lbs. plus 5 more by New Year’s.
Me: I’m glad we live in different states…
I mean seriously, who would you rather be? The girl who deprives herself of all festive goodies and maintains her waistline? Or the girl who indulges in plates and glasses of holiday cheer and puts on a single pound?
Of course, I’m not saying the holidays are a reason to throw all healthy eating habits and exercise routines to the wind until January 1. But for many of us, reasonably indulging is good for the mind, and not so bad for the body.
You better believe I’m going to own that extra pound. Watch out, snow-dusted cookies and peppermint sticks. I’m coming for you
If you don't share my beliefs, that's fine. Just do me a favor, and don't whine to your friends
How do you approach holiday eating? Do you indulge without borders, within reason, or not at all? Honestly, I always go way overboard but keep up my exercise routine so it’s never too big of a deal.