4 Tips for getting rid of Holiday Food Anxiety: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 8

4 Tips for getting rid of Holiday Food Anxiety: Weigh-In Wednesday Week 8

This week I’m going to start this weigh-in post off a little different. I’m going to share the results of my weigh-in first. The reason is that I do want to let you know how I did this week on the scale, but I really want to share something that is was on my heart this week. I really think there is a good chance that what I have to share may help some of y’all out a lot during the next month, so I really wanted to spend most of the time talking about that.

 Here’s how this week’s Weigh-in went:

 THIS WEEKS WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:

Starting Weight in January: 253

Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0

Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6

Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2

Week 4 Weigh-In: 227.0

Week 5 Weigh-In: 224.2

Week 6 Weigh-In: 223.8

Week 7 Weigh-In: 223.0

Week 8 Weigh-In: 221.8

Weight Lost Since Last Week: -1.2 lbs

Total Weight Lost Since January: -31.2 lbs

 

I’m so excited! You know what I always say: “forward progress.” Every week that I see forward progress on the scale not only do I grin from ear to ear ?but I’m so proud of myself! I am doing it! I am losing weight consistently and keeping it off, after many years of failed attempts.

On to where my heart is this week…

As the holidays get closer and closer I noticed this week that I was starting to get anxiety about visiting family. Not the type of anxiety you would think though. I hear people talk about financial anxiety during the holidays, anxiety about visiting family that they are not thrilled about seeing, anxiety about taking on too much during the holidays, but none of those are true for me.

I started to have food anxiety, and you could say I was starting to feel a little hopeless. The thing is, this year me and my husband will be traveling from Jacksonville to Orlando to spend time with my in-laws. Before you get the wrong impression let me tell you… I love spending time with them. I value the time we get to spend together, because we don’t get to see them much, but I started to feel like I didn’t have much control over the type of food that I would be eating on Thanksgiving day.

I do not expect healthy food at all. I’m from a place where the Thanksgiving table is filled with delicious, but HEAVY foods. I’m talking butter, sugar, and carbs galore to be frank. Mac and cheese, dressing, gravy, potato salad, yams… the list goes on and on, but we will leave it there for now. I’m pretty sure you get the point. You know what’s usually not in abundance on the table though? Vegetables!

My husband is from the same neck of the woods, so every holiday that we visit, I expect the same at his parent’s house. Now usually, before this year, I was happy to have ALL THE CARBS… ALL THE CAKE… ALL THE EVERYTHING!! But this year is a bit different because I am striving to eat healthier.

The conversation with my husband…

I talked to my husband the other night and I was telling him about the anxiety that I was feeling. I told him that I felt a lot of anxiety because even though I had a plan for not overeating I felt like I did not have much choice about the types of food that I would be eating.

He stopped and looked at me and in such a confused tone he asked “why don’t you just make a couple of dishes for us to have at dinner? I’m sure my parents would love that.” There I was… with the silliest look on my face because that was my ah-ha moment. It was such a great idea, but it had never crossed my mind.

My plan going forward…

After we finished talking, I stopped to think about other things that I could do to eliminate the anxiety that I was feeling. I came up with four things that now seem a bit obvious to me but would have never crossed my mind before a couple of days ago. My anxiety has completely gone away. I wanted to share the four things that I came up with, just in case you are feeling like I was feeling just a couple of days ago.

Tip #1: Commit to bringing a dish

I have committed to making two dishes: kale and brussel sprout salad and fresh green beans. I do hope my family will be open minded and try the dishes, but if they don’t, I can’t let it bother me. I mean, sure, it may hurt my feelings a little, but you know what? By me doing this I have opened up the door for me to have two healthy dishes on the Thanksgiving table to choose from, which gives me more control over the types of food that I will be eating.

Tip #2: Don’t feel embarrassed about your desire to eat healthier

If your family is anything like mine, they do not value healthy eating. I’m realizing that this is their problem, not mine (as harsh as that may sound). Too many times we let other people’s opinions cause us to cave, just because they don’t understand why we are doing what we are doing. It is important for us not to feel embarrassed about being different. We must embrace the lifestyle that we are choosing to live, even if the people close to us do not understand.

Tip #3: Don’t feel pressured to eat more than you really want to

Try this!” “Try this!” “Oh my goodness… you have to try this!” I can hear it now. I believe that it is so important for us to enjoy ourselves. Enjoy good food and time with our family during the holidays, BUT it is also important not to let the pressure of other people cause us to overeat. This year, as hard as it may be, I refuse to let the pressure from other people cause me to eat more than I should. It’s important for us to know when to say no and stick to it.

Tip #4: Come up with a plan and know your limits

In last week’s weigh-in post I shared how I’m planning on navigating the holidays, as far as eating is concerned. I told you the plan that I have and tips that may be helpful for you. I recommend coming up with a plan and sticking to it. How much will you eat? What will be your limit? I think by having a plan we are better able to avoid overeating on holidays… simply because it’s a holiday.

 

Before this holiday season, I had no idea that there was such a thing as holiday anxiety, as it relates to food. I’m not completely sure if it is really “a thing” that is talked about or even really exists, but I figured that if I was struggling with it then maybe you are having the same struggle. I wanted to go ahead and let you know what is working for me. Let me know if these tips help you!

 

If you want more tips on navigating this holiday season check out the posts 5 Tips to Lose Weight During the Holiday Season Without Depriving Yourself and Navigating the Holiday Season Without Gaining Weight.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family. That’s what it’s all about right?

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