Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I Survived Christmas!

Merry Christmas All!!!

Everyone worries about the holidays and the bad eating that seems to automatically ensue with them.  I'm no exception.  There's just so. much. food.  Constantly.  From light snacks in never ending supply to gargantuan dinners, not to mention the seemingly ENDLESS stream of cookies and the booze that flows freely throughout the entire season,  it's just a recipe for disaster.

I've tried to make sure I'm not going too crazy, and I've found that my big downfall at this point is not that I eat too much - I'm physically unable to do so - but that I eat more often than I need to, and that I eat all the wrong stuff.  Because I don't really ever get full when I do this, I tend to not pay attention to exactly what I'm putting in my mouth.  A cookie here, a candy there, a chip here, another cookie there, a piece of cheese, a half glass of wine, repeat repeat repeat.  There are days when I just graze all day long and by the time I go to bed I feel gross because I've just been nibbling on salt and fat and sugar all day long.  And the sugar - that's the big one.  

Unlike a bypass patient, I can have sugar.  I'm not at risk for "dumping" syndrome like a gastric bypass patient is, so a little sugar isn't going to kill me.  Except it kind of does.  I've noticed that if I eat something with a lot of sugar in it all at once - a candy bar, for example - I get the sensation that I've taken a stimulant.  I get shaky, "speedy," and disoriented.  But if I take in a lot of sugar in small doses throughout the day it produces a feeling of general malaise along with intestinal upset that catches up with me when I'm least expecting it and causes all kinds of havoc. 

It's not the end of the world, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it.  But I'm also not going to allow myself to slip into complacency.  As of right now my goal is to eat cleanly for the next week, get all my workouts in, and to be way more mindful about my eating on New Year's than I was over the last few days.   If the way I feel tonight is a lesson, I've learned it.   

Other than that, my Christmas was phenomenal.  One thing I've noticed is that I'm a lot more easygoing around my three nieces and my nephew than I have been before, and I think that's largely due to the fact that I have more energy to expend on them.  They still wear me out after an hour, but not like they used to.  Hell, just picking up a Barbie doll off the floor was enough to wind me before.  Now I can actually jump around and play with them without feeling like I'm going to pass out after five minutes.  Because I have more energy,  they don't stress me out so much.  And I think they really picked up on that.  We all had a great time.

And since you all seem to like my posts better when I produce photographic anecdotes, here's a picture of me with my nephew right after he was born two years ago in November of 2011,  followed by a photo of us on Christmas Eve this year.  We both look a LOT different, yeah? ;-)

That's all for now.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and if I don't get back here before then, here's wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!

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