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Holiday Challenges For Dieters - All The Single Girlfriends

Holiday Challenges For Dieters

My Journey: Reclaiming My Life With Bariatic Surgery

Dec 1, 2011 by

Holiday time is always a challenge for dieters but this year is especially hard for me.

I managed Thanksgiving fairly well until most of the guests went home.  Then the “sneak” eating commenced.  I thought, “well, just a taste of Sheila’s apple pie won’t hurt….” but she made two different types of apple pie so that was two pieces.  Of course, there was Laura’s amazing brownies with an Oreo cookie in the middle and when else do you get to have pumpkin pie.  Before I knew it, I’d had 4 desserts and felt like a fool.  Resolve to eat better tomorrow.

And I did start the day well.  I made good choices when I went out for breakfast with friends.  I kept “on-track” while driving up to my rental property in upstate New York and visiting with former neighbors.  I walked through the Village as I did my bit on Shop Local Saturday.  The day was beautiful and the walk felt great.  The problems hit while driving back down south.

That nagging thought of, this may be the last time you get to eat x, y, or z…maybe you should stop and treat yourself to a slice of pizza, a snickers bar or some soft ice cream.   This is such destructive thinking.  I know that it’s self-sabotaging and will not serve my goal but I can’t seem to stop the buzzing in my head.  Does everyone feel this way?

Is it built into our psyche to crave what we should not or cannot have?

How do I re-channel this sort of thinking into more positive actions.  I know that I need to make exercise a habbit, almost an obsession, but how do I do that when I feel like such a schlub (Yiddish for unattractive person).

That’s where the support of my friends will help.  You’ve all been a huge source of strength.  So on this first day of December I set the goals of swimming at least twice a week and walking at least 15 minutes each day, staying on my food plan the nutritionist has given me, and not letting this holiday season become an extra 10 but a loss of two pounds.  Is that a reasonable holiday gift?  I think it’s a great one to give myself.

Each week I’ll keep you updated on my progress and challenges. In the meantime, you might enjoy how and why my journey began.

About the Author

Debra Pearlman Has Written 23 Articles For Us!

I own my production company, Peal Productions LLC. I now make my living as a documentary filmmaker who specializes in natural history and wildlife. I get to travel and experience amazing things, but I also know how hard it is to be a woman of a certain age, trying to make a living. I expanded my production company to include work in digital media, social media, and website design. This combines my photography/graphic arts/environmental science degrees and keeps me employed.
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  1. Debra A Pearlman

    Thank you for being the visionary behind atsGf’s. I’m getting so much support from everyone.

  2. Debra – Thanks for bravely and generously sharing your journey with us. I’m sure that we’ll take away learnings about courage and much more!

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