I bought a skirt back in September for that Yelp party that I went to with friends. The dress code was plaid and I ended up buying two skirts–a new one from Target and a really cute one at Goodwill that I ended up wearing to the event. Fast forward two months later and I decided I’d wear that skirt I got from Target for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving day I pulled the wool pencil skirt on and zipped it up. It was tight. Very tight. Tighter than I remembered it being two months ago. I could zip it up but the skirt felt uncomfortable. It wasn’t quite the “it’s so tight I can’t breathe or sit down” tight but it was close. I ended up wearing a different skirt for the holiday.
It was disheartening. I felt depressed about the skirt. I was frustrated that the extra couple pounds I had were effecting my wardrobe. I was angry at myself for getting lazy with my food. It was probably a combination of several things. I had gained 1.5 pounds since I got back from Hawaii and then I took a week off from the gym when I was sick. I don’t think I’ve been THAT lazy with my calorie counting and I’ve definitely had more good days than bad food days…so why is that skirt so tight!??!
What I’m Going to Do
Michael said it was all in my head. The combination of taking the week off from the gym and Thanksgiving foods was playing tricks on my brain. Perhaps. But I think the skirt being too tight is physical evidence that is clearly NOT all in my head. Michael suggested I ditch dairy and carbs for a few weeks. That’s a decent suggestion. I have been eating more bread lately. Dairy is too hard for me to give up. I eat a lot of plain Greek Yogurt and cottage cheese and I don’t want to give those up.
What can I do?
I know what to do. I’ve done it many times and I need to just be more accurate with my portions, measure my foods, and count my calories diligently. I don’t have a problem eating healthy snacks because I love fruit and vegetables (my lunch today was cottage cheese, steamed green beans and 2 satsuma oranges). It’s the “other” temptations I need to focus on.
Limit the Nibbles and Bites. I know I’m not alone in this habit: do you ever stand in front of the fridge, deciding on what snack to eat and you mindlessly munch of cheese? And then don’t count those calories? Yep, I do that sometimes. It’s a bad habit that needs to be STOPPED! Those nibbles catch up to my waistline quickly.
Limit Desserts. My house is now free of ice cream, cookies and candy. All of the Halloween candy I had stashed and had been eating is gone and won’t tempt me. I can make better choices for dessert, and I DON’T have to eat dessert every night. Even though I want to…
Limit Alcohol. This is easy for me to give up for awhile. While I love wine and I love pairing with meals, I rarely feel like it’s a necessity with my meal. Sparkling water is fine with me!
I started this diligent plan a few days after Thanksgiving and so far it’s going well. The holidays are coming up. There are two events that I am concerned about: my family Christmas party and Michael’s office Christmas party. I know those events will be hard. I’m going to do my best to eat what I want in moderation without getting crazy and bingeing on the things I want (i.e. Christmas cookies and egg nog).
What about you? Are you feeling the squeeze from the holidays? Are you trying to reign it in?