Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November 27th, 2019 Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2019 Thanksgiving!

Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my food plan boundaries, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, I've enjoyed some good walks, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

The changing of the seasons from summer to fall was always a popular time for me to start weight loss attempts. Thanksgiving was never far away and it almost always signaled the beginning of the end. The only time it didn't stop my efforts cold, was when I started losing weight in the fall of 2008. My approach to that Thanksgiving was structured with a plan. I fully believed if I could maintain the integrity of that plan I could accomplish two things: I could enjoy Thanksgiving and stay on track beyond the special day. I made my plan important. I made me important. And for once in my life, Thanksgiving didn't signal the beginning of the end. It was the beginning of many new perspectives.

Tomorrow will mark my 12th Thanksgiving since I started along this path. I require a plan each and every day and this Thanksgiving will not be different.

I will start my day like I do every day, making time for prayer, meditation, my gratitude list, positive visualizations, and positive affirmations. I'll stay connected with support buddies throughout the day and that always strengthens my resolve. In fact, I always ramp up my support reach-outs on big food holidays. I don't have to be in crisis mode to simply send a, "How are you doing? Happy Thanksgiving!"

I'll indulge in conversation, take pictures, give hugs, and catch up with loved ones. I'll focus on gratitude, giving thanks for my many blessings and expressing to people how much I appreciate them, I'll make some form of exercise activity important, and I'll assign a secret mission or two into my plan. A secret mission is a focus on a task I intend to accomplish throughout the course of the day. Last year the mission was being the family photographer and learning a few things I didn't know about a relative I've known my entire life. My focus will not be on the buffet line. If left unchecked, without a plan and structure of intentional actions, my food addict brain will focus on the buffet line. It will be a time to focus on the purest reasons for the day--and if I make this important, it'll be the most wonderful day possible.

I never truly enjoyed the best things about Thanksgiving before I started along this path because I was always in a food fog. My focus was on all of the food--and how much I could eat. I hardly noticed or cared about much else around me. I would stuff myself wildly and then pop some antacid tablets and find a place to sleep it off. It's not too far removed from what has become completely acceptable and expected on Thanksgiving---but for me, a food addict/compulsive overeater, it's a dangerous doesn't just sacrifice a more meaningful Thanksgiving experience, it potentially sacrifices everything after the special day...up to and including my very life. Dramatic much? Yep. But that's the importance level I require to remain well. 

I recorded a special 30-minute audio presentation on Monday afternoon all about Thanksgiving. You can listen by clicking the play button below.

Thanksgiving Presentation Audio:

My aunt (mom's sister) and uncle from Michigan will be staying with me through Sunday. Amber, KL, and Raegan will be traveling into town as well. Courtney, Lucas, and my three other grandchildren, Noah, Oliver, and Phoebe will be here, too. Irene (my ex-wife), Allen, my uncle Keith, Aunt Kelli and Uncle Tim will be a part of this big get-together. We're eating dinner around 4pm to accommodate everyone's schedule. I'm sure I failed to mention a few. And there may be more, we'll see! It'll be amazing! I pick up mom around 3pm. She's beyond excited about this family time.

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