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November 20, 2017

Surviving Thanksgiving

4:20 pm - Posted by Gregg

Thanksgiving (AKA the granddaddy of all eating holidays) is closer than some of us dieting-types might want to admit to ourselves. But 2017 can be different. Why? Because this year, you can stay in control (you are stronger than Pumpkin Pie, after all). And you’re also going to exercise your newfound knowledge regarding the difference between a Splurge Meal and a Binge.

In the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, I write about Splurge Meal options when you get close to or reach your goal weight. Yes, at a Splurge Meal you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages – but you’re encouraged to do it within reason (paying attention to portion sizes and pushing the plate away before the waistline of your jeans starts cutting off circulation to the upper half of your body).

The trick is to really enjoy a meal – not an entire day (or weekend, week, month or season) of splurging. Because when continuing to eat after the one meal, splurging becomesbingeing – and that leads to disaster for both your mental and physical health.

But here’s the good news! This Thanksgiving, whether you’re at, near – or far from – your goal weight, you have permission to enjoy a Splurge Meal. If you just enjoy the one Thanksgiving meal and eat and drink according to healthier food and portion guidelines for the rest of the holiday weekend, you won’t hurt your efforts to look and feel great.

And when it comes to splurging on Thanksgiving dinner, try and make sure you enjoy all aspects of it and don’t make it about eating as many sweet potatoes as you can, since you know you’re back to your commitment to eating healthier resumes right after the meal is over. Instead, really taste the food with each bite. Savor every morsel – and enjoy all of the different the flavor sensations – while also enjoying the people you’re dining with and listing the reasons you’re thankful in your head.

So this Turkey Day, eat, drink and be merry – all without guilt. But don’t be a glutton. Stop before you’re too full and don’t mourn not being able to have a turkey sandwich later. After all, your weight loss efforts are a choice. You are choosing to get healthy, to look better, to fit into your skinny jeans and to turn a few heads by Christmastime.

By successfully living through an “eating holiday,” you will prove once and for all that this time you’re really in control. And that’s definitely cause for celebration!

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10:30 am - Posted by Gregg

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Nothing strikes terror in the minds of those of us with dieting mentalities like Thanksgiving (the granddaddy of all eating holidays). But this can be the year we take back control and do away with the fear. How? By staying in control (you are stronger than Pumpkin Pie, after all). And also by exercising your newfound knowledge regarding the difference between a Splurge Meal and a Binge.

In the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, I write about Splurge Meal options when you get close to or reach your goal weight. Yes, at a Splurge Meal you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages – but you’re encouraged to do it within reason (paying attention to portion sizes and pushing the plate away before the waistline of your jeans starts cutting off circulation to the upper half of your body).

The trick is to really enjoy a meal – not an entire day (or weekend, week, month or season) of splurging. Because when continuing to eat after the one meal, splurging becomes bingeing – and that leads to disaster for both your mental and physical health.

But here’s the good news! This Thanksgiving, whether you’re at, near – or far from – your goal weight, you have permission to enjoy a Splurge Meal. If you just enjoy the one Thanksgiving meal and eat and drink according to healthier food and portion guidelines for the rest of the holiday weekend, you won’t hurt your efforts to look and feel great.

And when it comes to splurging on Thanksgiving dinner, try and make sure you enjoy all aspects of it and don’t make it about eating as many sweet potatoes as you can, since you know you’re back to your commitment to eating healthier resumes right after the meal is over. Instead, really taste the food with each bite. Savor every morsel – and enjoy all of the different the flavor sensations – while also enjoying the people you’re dining with and listing the reasons you’re thankful in your head.

So this Turkey Day, eat, drink and be merry – all without guilt. But don’t be a glutton. Stop before you’re too full and don’t mourn not being able to have a turkey sandwich later. After all, your weight loss efforts are a choice. You are choosing to get healthy, to look better, to fit into your skinny jeans and to turn a few heads by Christmastime.

By successfully living through an “eating holiday,” you will prove once and for all that this time you’re really in control. And that’s definitely cause for celebration!

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9:39 am - Posted by Gregg

Like it or not, Thanksgiving (AKA the granddaddy of all eating holidays) is upon us. But 2015 is going to be different. Why? Because this year, you’re staying in control (you are stronger than Pumpkin Pie, after all). And you’re also going to exercise your newfound knowledge regarding the difference between a Splurge Meal and a Binge.

In the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, I write about Splurge Meal options when you get close to or reach your goal weight. Yes, at a Splurge Meal you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages – but you’re encouraged to do it within reason (paying attention to portion sizes and pushing the plate away before the waistline of your jeans starts cutting off circulation to the upper half of your body).

The trick is to really enjoy a meal – not an entire day (or weekend, week, month or season) of splurging. Because when continuing to eat after the one meal, splurging becomesbingeing – and that leads to disaster for both your mental and physical health.

But here’s the good news! This Thanksgiving, whether you’re at, near – or far from – your goal weight, you have permission to enjoy a Splurge Meal. If you just enjoy the one Thanksgiving meal and eat and drink according to healthier food and portion guidelines for the rest of the holiday weekend, you won’t hurt your efforts to look and feel great.

And when it comes to splurging on Thanksgiving dinner, try and make sure you enjoy all aspects of it and don’t make it about eating as many sweet potatoes as you can, since you know you’re back to your commitment to eating healthier resumes right after the meal is over. Instead, really taste the food with each bite. Savor every morsel – and enjoy all of the different the flavor sensations – while also enjoying the people you’re dining with and listing the reasons you’re thankful in your head.

So this Turkey Day, eat, drink and be merry – all without guilt. But don’t be a glutton. Stop before you’re too full and don’t mourn not being able to have a turkey sandwich later. After all, your weight loss efforts are a choice. You are choosing to get healthy, to look better, to fit into your skinny jeans and to turn a few heads by Christmastime.

By successfully living through an “eating holiday,” you will prove once and for all that this time you’re really in control. And that’s definitely cause for celebration!

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12:23 pm - Posted by Gregg

Whenever Halloween rolls around, I’m reminded of a time in my life when I managed to find some joy — despite weighing nearly 450 pounds. This was a period during which I was pretty miserable. In fact, I was a virtual recluse. Were it not for having to go out to get food from time to time (since not everything I craved could be delivered), I had no life at all. I was sad. I was lonely. And I blamed everyone but myself for my being depressed. Besides bingeing on unhealthy foods, the only thing I lived for was that far away day when I could finally say that I lost all of my excess weight.

Simply put, I was stuck in “Before” and focusing only on the elusive “After.”

Then came one fateful Halloween when my friends Cheryl and Elizabeth insisted that I go out with them to celebrate. They both knew this was a challenge, since they seldom saw me socially (much less saw me outside of my apartment). But these two gals weren’t taking “No” for an answer. Besides knowing that I had a zany side (when I’d allow myself to indulge in it), they also knew I had a pretty strong creative streak — and they were determined to win a costume contest that was being held at the establishment they wanted to spend Halloween at.

Despite my telling them “I didn’t feel like it,” several times in a row, Cheryl and Elizabeth weren’t going to allow me to miss out on this occasion. I protested in every way I knew how to. My biggest argument being that with a size 60-inch waist, there was no way that I was going to find a costume that would fit me. Much less one that I could wear in tandem with their costumes (they were determined to coordinate dressing up in order to arrive wearing a group costume).

Finally, I sarcastically asked, “Well, why don’t I just save us some time and I’ll dress up as (recalling the old TV show) The Love Boat?”

What I thought would shut my friends up (and convince them that I was right in not wanting to celebrate Halloween with them), turned out to thrill and inspire them. “That’s perfect,” they responded with excitement.

I was shocked. Stunned. And (surprisingly!) a little excited myself.

Thus, we went to the nearest craft store so I could whip up my boat-of-a-costume. I also got supplies (and assigned the girls a “Get these things” list) so that Cheryl could dress up as Julie McCoy (The Love Boat’s cruise director, to those in the know) and Elizabeth could dress up as perennial Love Boat guest star, Charo (complete with a circular life preserver around her head that announced her guest appearance). We even hid a small speaker in the “boat” that played The Love Boat theme music. Before long, we had assembled our group costume and were ready to hit the town.

Suddenly I was embracing life and not simply living for the day when I would finally lose all of my excess weight — thinking up to this particular Halloween that only after accomplishing that weight loss goal would life be really worth living.

As people with a dieter’s mentality, we often get too wrapped up in the “After” — thinking that we’re not allowed to be happy, feel love, have fun or even have the occasional cookie until we lose all of the excess weight we want to get rid of. But the fact is, we actually can lose weight faster — and ironically, in a happier fashion — when we embrace today and live life to the fullest.

Life doesn’t have to stop because we’re eating more carrots than chocolate or because we’re not pleased with our current waist size. Living in the now can show us that life is worth living — and even that goals are worth reaching. It then becomes less about “Before” or “After,” and more about “During,” which for us dieter types, can lead to a very good mental mindset to be in: loving ourselves in the moment.

To this day I’m grateful that my friends pushed me into participating in their Halloween plans. It’s with little modesty that I admit we were the hit of the party. We were greeted by laughter and applause by almost everyone we met that night. And lots of strangers wanted pictures of us. Although sadly, we only came in second in the costume contest. That costume standby, “Head on a Platter,” came in first.

But needless to say, I was the one who felt like the real winner that night. And I’m sure that this occasion helped me to gain the necessary self-esteem to eventually win my battle with my bulge (I not only lost over 250 excess pounds, but have kept it off for more than a decade).

Follow my lead, won’t you? I’m giving you permission to feel like a winner, too (no matter what goal you’ve yet to accomplish — and no matter what you’re dressing up as this Halloween). A winner now. In this moment. And always.

Perhaps the lyrics to The Love Boat theme song say it best: “Come aboard. We’re expecting you.”

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November 20, 2012

Gobble Gobble

11:02 pm - Posted by Gregg

It’s a sentiment that demands repeating: Nothing strikes terror in the heart of a dieter more than the holiday season.

Well, like it or not, Turkey Day is upon us. But this year is going to be different. Why? Because this year, you’re staying in control (you are stronger than Pumpkin Pie, after all). And you’re also going to exercise your newfound knowledge regarding the difference between a Splurge Meal and a Binge.

In the book Just Stop Eating So Much!, I write about Splurge Meal options when you get close to or reach your goal weight. Yes, at a Splurge Meal you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages – but you’re encouraged to do it within reason (paying attention to portion sizes and pushing the plate away before the waistline of your jeans starts cutting off circulation to the upper half of your body).

The trick is to really enjoy a meal – not an entire day (or weekend, week, month or season) of splurging. Because when continuing to eat after the one meal, splurging becomesbingeing – and that leads to disaster for both your mental and physical health.

But here’s the good news! This Thanksgiving, whether you’re at, near – or far from – your goal weight, you have permission to enjoy a Splurge Meal. If you just enjoy the one Thanksgiving meal and eat and drink according to healthier food and portion guidelines for the rest of the holiday weekend, you won’t hurt your efforts to look and feel great.

And when it comes to splurging on Thanksgiving Dinner, try and make sure you enjoy allaspects of it and don’t make it about eating as many sweet potatoes as you can, since you know you’re back to your commitment to eating healthier resumes right after the meal is over. Instead, really taste the food with each bite. Savor every morsel – and enjoy all of the different the flavor sensations – while also enjoying the people you’re dining with and listing the reasons you’re thankful in your head.

So this Turkey Day, eat, drink and be merry – all without guilt. But don’t be a glutton. Stop before you’re too full and don’t mourn not being able to have a turkey sandwich later. After all, your weight loss efforts are a choice. You are choosing to get healthy, to look better, to fit into your skinny jeans and to turn a few heads by Christmastime.

By successfully living through an “eating holiday,” you will prove once and for all that this time you’re really in control. And that’s definitely cause for celebration!

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