Twas the day of the night before Christmas and all through the house…
Did you really think I was going to write this entire blog in rhyme corresponding to this famous Christmas classic? Please! How long have we known each other now? I mean, I JUST made my last trip to the mall. Write a rhyming blog in the middle of the holidays…ha!
But I did have time to write a little reminder of what’s important for those of you who can’t keep your hands out of the cookie jar during this heightened emotional holiday season.
Last week, I took a walk with one of my favorite walking buddies, Kristine Oller. Kristine is one of my favorite walking buddies because she never flakes on me, doesn’t seem to mind that I am perpetually running 5-10 min late, and always has a golden nugget of a thought for me to ponder long after we’re done climbing the hills of Glendale. This week, we were talking about trying not to be such fatties whilst surrounded by holiday cookies when, surprise surprise, Kristine offered this golden nugget…
“If I’m going to eat a cookie, I want to eat it because I want to indulge, not because I need to cope.”
A simple enough statement, but one that has stuck in my head since it was spoken, and so, therefore, is share-worthy. And it’s even helped me. There have been several moments where I have put down the fill-in-the-blank this week because I have heard the words “indulge or cope?” in my head. I love the distinction. Indulge in the things that you actually want to eat and enjoy the moment thoroughly without guilt. Or. Eat those chips because your mom won’t shut up. Not, MY mom, obvi (because my mom is the best!), but your figurative “mom” that makes you forget that your goal is to stay in control. When I am faced with food in a “coping” moment, and I ask myself “indulge or cope?” it makes me think about all of the treats of the season that I DO want to indulge in. And a bag of 100 calorie pack chips stuffed into my mouth while no one is looking is not on the indulge list. Trust me.
So as you continue on into your holiday adventures (I’ve got Yang Chow Chinese dinner tonight, Christmas dinner, a wedding, 2 birthdays, and New Year’s Eve to get through still—whew!!) try asking yourself, “Am I indulging or am I coping?” And answer honestly. Rationalizing that 2nd margarita the day after Christmas because you NEVER have margaritas and it’s a special occasion doesn’t help anyone. We all know you live across the street from a Mexican restaurant and can have a margarita whenever you want. You’re not fooling anyone, Jennifer, keep it together.