You don't have to eat the whole thing.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
(advice to myself for Thanksgiving)
I don't have to eat the whole thing. It's ok to leave some food behind on my plate. I don't have to clean my plate every time. If someone serves me too big a portion, cut it in half immediately and put it back or push it to the side.
It's ok to serve myself a small portion of something and just eat a bite or two for the taste. Overeating makes me feel gross and awful. I'm not going to feel good if I eat too much. I'm not used to eating huge plates of rich food anymore. I used to be able to do that without a problem but now it will make me feel physically sick.
Remember to fill my plate 1/2 with vegetables, 1/4 with meat and 1/4 with starch. Eat until I'm 80% full not 120% full. This is not my very last Thanksgiving dinner so I don't need to eat like it's my last chance to enjoy all the delicious food that my family prepares for the holiday.
Remember to eat mindfully. Take small bites, chew thoroughly, swallow and pause before loading up my fork again. Take time to enjoy conversation with my family and friends instead of rapidly shoving food in my face all day.
I can take a break any time I want. I can go to the basement and play ping pong with Greg. I don't have to eat continuously. I can have an active Thanksgiving, chasing my nephew around the house.
I worked hard to fit into the size 14 outfit I plan to wear for Thanksgiving. My family will comment on my weight loss and that makes me uncomfortable. I will try to be gracious about that but I will also probably try to change the topic.
I'm thankful for so much this year. Spark-wise I am thankful that this holiday is a great opportunity to practice some of the skills I've learned from Spark. Thanks to all my supportive Spark friends too! I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy holiday.