At the threshold of another joyous, festive season, starting officially here on Thursday in the United States, the holidays seem to get here earlier every year. Merchants are biting on the bit and drooling already for a month-long spending spree by multitudes of hungry consumers about to shell out a few billion dollars nationwide for gifts and the rest of the holiday cheer.
While the anxious store owners hope for a decent portion of that preceding, estimated expenditure, I say more power to them; but come on, don’t start jumping on the North Pole’s bandwagon way back in September and October. Not even in early November should I hear piped-in Christmas music on the intercom, interrupted by what’s on sale for that particular hour; nor see a fully decorated, artificial tree complete with holiday ornaments, frills; and especially catching a Santa Clause’s lurking around, not until Black Friday!
OK, on Thursday they can do it; although, the store should be closed to allow their employees to be at home with their families, anyway.
Today while running errands, I noticed a few lots set up with signs for selling live trees and wreaths; but no merchandise had been put outside yet. At least those merchants are holding back until Thanksgiving before pouncing on their pre-approaching, freewheeling, money-spending, happy-holiday prey.
All of this leads to how in the Sam Hill can an individual like me, who is still on the upper scale of being overweight—with quite a few degrees to go for reaching my weight-loss goal of weighing 200 pounds (4st, 4lb; 90.7kg)—going to lose 9 more pounds (4.8kg) over this upcoming, most voraciously gluttonous period of the entire year to reach that elusive benchmark of what I weighed 25 years ago?
Tempestuous merrymaking, which brings on binge eating, is a common, acceptable practice amongst the masses until New Years, and even sometimes after that with the sumptuous leftovers sitting in one’s fridge.
I’ve got a 14-day supply of green-coffee-bean extract left, which means another 25-day supplement will be needed to maintain what I’ve lost so far and hope not to gain anything excessively.
Moderation is the key, and so is sampling a lot of really small portions, another cockamamie conundrum faced by any diet-challenged merrymaker. Holidays mean stuffing one’s face, devouring everything on the plate and grabbing seconds for another complete go-around until the belt must be unbuckled, and perhaps even undoing the top button of one’s trousers, jeans; or the loosening of girdles by the ladies who are wearing dresses. Do they still wear those (either the former or the latter)?
Life is stressful enough without worrying about gaining a few extra pounds over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza observances, or Festivus for the rest of us. I plan on pigging out a few times. So what! ‘Tis the season.
Happy holidays! May our forthcoming weight gain be worth it.