Surviving the holidays was my goal and mission and I succeeded on every level! November and December were better months for me personally, emotionally, and physically. I have been more motivated to go to the gym preferably after work since it is too cold in the mornings, this change has really helped me to destress after a long day at the office.
Food on the other hand has been somewhat of a small challenge because I am still not eating all of what I should be for example, I’ve eaten yummy pastas with cream sauces. The only thing I believe is saving me from gaining weight is working out daily. I also love to bake. I make Biscochitos and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies but I share them as quick as I bake them so that I don’t keep them in the house.
During these last 2 weeks of November I redirected my focus toward making better food choices especially on Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know firsthand it is really easy to over indulge on the holidays but as long as you have a plan you will get through it successfully. Going in to the holidays, I knew I would need to limit my portions of carbs such as the mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, STUFFING, and sweets.
First, what I did was grab a smaller plate. Our dinner plates at home are fairly large so I grabbed the smaller one. I started with a decent sized portion of Turkey then a heaping single tablespoon of mashed potato, a normal tablespoon size of stuffing, one roll, and about a quarter cup of red chile.
When I eat I took my time and once I was finished I washed my plate right away to avoid returning for seconds. The other trick that helped me was having breakfast that morning. Normally, in the past, I wouldn’t eat anything until it was “Turkey Time” but by then I was starving! So once I began to eat I would eat way more than I needed to. This year my meal was very fulfilling and I didn’t feel miserable after. Also the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day I made myself go to the gym, which felt great and helped me keep my focus.
Then, my motivation began to lag an opportunity was afforded to me to get me back on track even more so! Daniel Chacon with the Santa Fe New Mexican requested an interview with me regarding my decision to blog and utilize social media to record my weight loss challenges and successes. Immediately I saw this as an opportunity to reaffirm my reason and “put myself out there” to show others “yes the struggle is real but we can do this!”
On a Tuesday morning at 6:15 a.m. Daniel met me at my gym and interviewed me while we sweated on the elliptical machines. The interview was great! I felt very comfortable and I was as open as possible because I like to be as transparent as I can be. Later that week Luis Sanchez took some photos of me for the article. I had to laugh because the few people who were working out that morning were watching him follow me with a camera and had a look on their face like, “WTF?” For a minute I felt like I had my very own PAPPARAZI. The article was released the Saturday following Thanksgiving and the love and overwhelming support I received was amazing.
I began this journey for myself to be accountable and do what I need to be healthy but knowing that my struggle is positively affecting people to either wanna start their own journey or go back to the gym is a truly humbling experience. I am truly blessed to be part of such a positive and supportive community.
To my friends, family, and the countless strangers who have reached out to me thank you. Your support means the world and I strive to be stronger and successful every day and thank you for helping me Survive The Holidays.