Holiday Hopes

By Shani Petroff

I love holidays, but I struggle when it comes to my eating. This time of year is Passover and Easter, and for many (including myself) that means big gatherings surrounded by food. In fact, as I sit here writing this, I’ve recently had two family meals where I overate. I missed my SmartPoints® Target by a mile, and now it’s not only time to own up to it, but also to come up with a plan for the days ahead.

1. Don’t Beat Myself Up, But Do Get It Together.
What’s done is done. I can’t go back in time. I can’t erase the SmartPoints values that I ate. Kicking myself will only make me feel awful, and feeling bad often makes me want to eat. That’s a cycle I don’t want to get stuck in. So instead, I’m acknowledging what I did, accepting it, and preparing for the days ahead.  

2. Actions Have Consequences.
I splurged, and I enjoyed it — but I also enjoy seeing a loss on the scale. I know that won’t happen this week, but I can try to offset the damage. All those extra SmartPoints values for the week are long gone. So because I still have some big meals ahead of me, I have to be very choosy with what I eat. While I’m sure the impulse to have seconds and thirds will be there, I need to be strong. I need to stick to my SmartPoints values. I already had my indulgences this week. Now it’s time to primarily go for the lean proteins, the fruits, the vegetables, and other healthy choices.

3. A Set Menu.
I’m writing out in the morning what I’m going to eat for the day. I know what will be served at the meals I’m attending, and I know what and how much I should be having. So I’m tracking ahead of time. There will be temptation to deviate from my set menu, but I just had a free-for-all—so now it’s a strict regimented menu until my extra SmartPoints reset (and even then, I need to be more mindful of staying within my SmartPoints Target.)

4. Get Moving.
Eating isn’t the only thing I can do when my family is here. In fact, there’s a bunch of little kids visiting, and playing is a great way to spend some time with them and get in some FitPoints. So yes, I’m having a big meal tomorrow, but I also have hours beforehand to get moving — and I plan to take advantage of them. My nephew loves playing tag, Frisbee, and catch — all of which involve A LOT of running for me. We played outside today, and I was actually a little winded by the time I came back inside. I plan to let him and my niece give me a run for my money tomorrow as well! And when they leave, it’s back to workout videos, walks outside, and the gym.

5. Think it Through.
I believe that thoughts become actions. So I’m also going to picture myself being successful. I’m going to picture myself having a great time and making smart choices at the rest of these gatherings. I’m going to picture myself having fruit for dessert and saying, “No, thank you” to the cake. I’m going to picture myself only taking one serving. I’m going to picture myself leaving the meal happy that I not only got to spend time with people that I love, but also that I was successful in my goals. And I’m going to picture myself posting on Connect that all of these things happened!

You can find me on Connect @shani! I’d love to hear from you and how you handle the holidays.
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