Monday, December 07, 2009

On the Subject of Dieting and the Holidays

Many of you know I joined a gym in May. For a long time, progress was slow-going. And then, in early November, something magical happened.

I lost quite a bit. My total since May was hovering around 15+ lbs or so, or another way to look at it, 12 inches (compiled from all over.) Yes, even my neck lost weight. Way to go, neck.

And then late November came. Something UNmagical happened.

Do I have to say any more?

Was it the buckeyes? Was it the sudden craving for those frozen, tasteless, minced together chicken patties with the crispy coating? Was it Starbucks Peppermint Mocha?

The answer is yes, yes it was. "Yes" to all of these and so much more.

Wha happen??

I don't know! I think it is holiday mania.

We've had some stress here in the Crow household. I can tell you now that for a while we thought Jorge might have the "c" word, but the biopsy came back clean. His job situation is totally weird. Mine was looking weird for a while but appears to be OK now. I have no Christmas shopping done because we're doing everything differently this year, and yet, I feel a knot form in my stomach every time someone on Facebook exclaims, "Christmas shopping? ALL DONE! WHEEEE!"

At this point, "Wheee!" can only be met by my popping a buckeye into my mouth.

So this might explain the "lapse" in weight loss progress.

But seriously, have I eaten SEVEN pounds worth of buckeyes and such over the last week??

Once again: Yes, yes I have.

To top it all off, a girl I go to church with told me this week that she remembers looking at our house several years ago when we had it up for sale. I did not know her then.

She said, "It's the weirdest thing. I can't remember much about your house, but I do remember a refrigerator magnet that said, 'Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.'"

Ahhh. That would be from when I worked at Weight Watchers.

I would like to amend that statement:

Nothing tastes as good as a buckeye washed down by a big old glass of milk chased by another buckeye.

So how are you doing with all the edible holiday temptation?

30 comments:

Emily said...

I was doing great (on WW) until I started a minibusiness selling cheesecakes. It sucks being quality control! LOL, I'll get back on the horse after New Years.

Buckeyes....hmmm...buckeye cheesecake? ;)

Jill said...

I have a firm resolve in place not to be affected by holiday food. I put that resolve in place every morning and it disappears by 10:00 am

Another Suburban Mom said...

I am just not doing any baking unless I have to for something.

Then I am going to chew a lot of gum.

mtnest423 said...

I have been meaning to say that your facebook photo looks FANtastic!!!

I have been on a weight-loss kick since last year. About 60 lbs down, and I'm to the point that people are telling me I've lost enough. (Words I never thought I'd hear!)

The holidays are difficult, and when you have added stress it's even tougher.

Don't be too hard on yourself. You probably needed those extra calories to help give you energy to deal with the extra worries! :)

Gina said...

Dare I ask what a buckeye is? Weight loss is never easy during the holidays or stressful times and it sounds like you have a double whammy! It took me 17 months of fighting for weight loss and on Thanksgiving morning I woke up at my goal weight (42 lbs gone)! Hang in there!

SouthLakesMom said...

Oh Linda -- I hear your pain! I LOVE to bake, especially holiday cookies. My goal is to bake so many that I'm so sick of the smell and textures that I won't want to eat even ONE. But there's all that tasting along the way!

As a long time gym rat, I can also assure you that stress adds weight - even without buckeyes. Although you can't believe everything you read on the internet, there is some truth to the idea of our bodies producing cortisol in times of stress. Cortisol is the chemical that told the ancients that a famine was coming and they needed to stock up...

So...all things in moderation and we'll get back to our regular programming come January 2. DO NOT beat yourself up over this!

Joyce said...

well, so far so good but I'm going to France this weekend so maybe I shouldn't answer this yet.

Glad your husbands health report was not what it appeared. Happy Monday!

skoots1mom said...

GREEN, GREEN, green...the parties i've been to have had great arrays of fresh veggies, stuffed mushrooms, etc., so my first several bites are veggies, then a glass of water...then i only want one or two nibbles on the calorie-laden fare...last night my favorite bite was a chocolate toffee bite (which came after 3 boiled shrimp, 2 stuffed mushroom caps, 1 cheese spread triscuit....
could have been SO MUCH worse...
You look awesome to me...
just think, you too could look like me...40 pounds overweight and UNABLE to make my waist size EVER go down (even when the weight is coming off, the waist roll is determined to STAY PUT).
Count your blessings....

The Quiet One said...

Oh boy do I ever feel you on that one! I must be a glutton for punishment because in the midst of all the holiday foods past, and those still to come, I ordered Nutrisystem!!! I know, I know!!! I'm not sure what I was thinking either... I guess I didn't want to do the cliche thing and wait till January 1. Seemed like a good idea at the time... :)

Baba's Special Babies said...

Hi Linda, we all gain a few pounds during the holidays...we have to celebrate with our family and friends..we can get back on track later...

I did not know that I picked the same background Christmas theme as you.. if you want me to change mine let me know..

I have not finished my shopping and I am trying to cut back this year..it is hard...
Have a good day, Baba

Mocha with Linda said...

I used to be a baking maniac. I've really scaled back due to time pressures and the realizataion that no one really needs all that stuff.

But those Starbucks Peppermint Mochas are my annual delight. I get them non-fat. . .until the whipped cream. I have to have a little whipped cream.

Huts to you as you deal with Life.

Mocha with Linda said...

It's a conspiracy today. Lysa TerKeurst is talking about regaining lost weight on her blog!

Beverlydru said...

Not so good, and I can;t blanme it on the holidays. The battle seems to be for the long-term and I'm not winning at the moment.
I really would like to try a buckeye. ; )

Merrie said...

Yes, you have had some things to deal with. Things that add weight... did you have to have a cortisone shot? Maybe you are just retaining water...
A dr. told my mother one time the best way to handle a bunch of candy is to eat it all in one day - your body can't absorb that much and will pass it on through (this is an occurrence that should not take place over too many days, though ;) your body will find a way to start keeping it).
So thankful the "c" is not a reality. Will be praying.
Blessings!

Abiding Branch said...

I've tried thinking it all away - nothin doin! But seriously if I could stop baking and cooking that would be the first step!!

Praise the LORD over the "c" word and both of your job situations!! God is good and He will be good to you too in this.

I do like that magnet!! I'm telling you that your story is so simiar to so many out there. It seems everyone is doing something different.

See when I look in a mirror I constantly here the JellO Commercial in the background (yes my life DOES come with theme music!)

Becky said...

It sounds like things have been unpredictable and even scary. If a few buckeyes help, then don't beat yourself up. We can't go through life so worried about our weight that we miss out on the enjoyment of the season. You lost weight before-you can do it again. Be gentle and good to yourself. Have a buckeye and glass of milk and celebrate God's faithfulness!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

First, I'm so sorry about the "C" scare. Glad he's ok.

Second,'Wha happen?" made me laugh out loud.

Third (and I promise no fourth), I could say my weight loss was from stress and not from those cookies and brownies that keep popping up on the counter, but...I don't think so!
Also, I can't do my work.

Betty said...

ROTFL!!! hahaha, you said it girl!! Soooo true!

The Bug said...

Just check out my blog entry from Friday - that says it all. Sigh.

Susanne said...

My downfall was the box of Toffifee chocolates my husband brought home. My favorites. I ate one because it was blizzarding, one because I couldn't go Christmas shopping, one because I didn't make it to church because of said blizzard, one because...well you get the picture. Sigh. And I chased mine with non-dietetic chocolate mochas.

We've been under stress due to job issues and all the stuff that goes with that too so my heart goes out to you, Linda! So glad Jorge's test came back good. Praying that he continues to be healthy and that things look up on the job front for you all.

H-Mama said...

I thought of you this morning as I was driving home from the gym (30x5) and listening to Jingle Bell Rock (Hall and Oates). ;) I completely understand the struggle. Some days are so. hard.

Bekah said...

I am impressed by your determination to keep thinking about weight during the holidays. I don't need anymore stress right now, so I won't step on a scale until January. Then I'll cry.

Susan said...

DH and I read an article a couple weeks ago that said Americans consume an extra 600 calories a DAY on AVERAGE during the holidays. A DAY!!! That's amazing. Yet, it's believable.

It's a struggle and it definitely is a reminder that we have to know our triggers.

Glad your hubbie is OK. Praying for you today.

Susan

Amy said...

I am a teacher and those homemade treats will start arriving any day now. Not to mention those boxes of See's candy.

I have sort of made a deal with myself that if I MUST have something that I will save it until later and not eat it right then...maybe my good sense will kick in "later"...

...but all I can say is...be afaid...be very afraid.

Amy

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I love my blog readers.

Sandy@JesusandDark Choc said...

Look you only enjoy Buckeyes once a year, so drink that milk and enjoy the heck out of them. Then do as all Americans do after the 1st of the year, get back on that diet. I try to work out more during Dec. but enjoy the season too! :) BTW, I have done NO Christmas shopping, and I am fine with that........at this point! So we are in good company together!
Off to enjoy the Peanut Butter cookies with the yummy Hershey Kiss in the middle right now!

2cats said...

I remember one year that I was losing weight over the holidays. I was perfectly miserable. Sure I lost weight but I did not have a good time. I now have a new philosophy. I eat what I want, within reason, and like all things with moderation, but if I want cookies I have cookies, if I want fudge I have fudge. I start back on a strenuous weight loss program after the new year. I enjoy myself every year now. And no guilt.

Roxanne said...

Love you, friend. :)

ageffert said...

I'm a little late jumping in here, but you HAVE been through a lot. And does May to November count for nothing? You've worked hard, girl. Now give yourself some credit. I'm right in there with you, but with no willpower, right now. A doctor told my sister if she could just maintain and not gain any weight through 48 to 52, she'd be doing well. I keep thinking about that, as I hit 50 in February. It isn't easy, that's for sure. Hope your holidays are most blessed. Thanking Him for Jorge's good news, too. Love, Annette

Dena said...

I will do no holiday baking until after New Years...just a few hours before my girls head back to college. That way they can take it all with them. Well not all. I'll leave some here that they guys can hide for themselves to have.

I am happy to know Jorge doesn't have the c word. I have 2 family members battling it, and it's tough.