No Thanks

If you follow me on Twitter then you know that on Saturday I bought my very first pair of size 8 jeans. They are a size 8 boot cut jean from Banana Republic. They fit like a glove yet they are not snug or tight. I had quite a moment on my own in the dressing room. I have worn a size 14 for as long as I can remember. Then I was in a 12 for about a year or so. At some point this year I bought my first size 10 and that felt amazing, but nothing compares to how I’ve been feeling lately. With that said I’m more determined than ever to ring in the New Year feeling fabulous and fit.

This week I’ve experienced my first taste of holiday temptation. My friend and I run the Secret Santa Holiday Shop at our children’s school. On Monday night we had set up and she brought pizza. It smelled heavenly, but I ignored it because it would have put me over my Weight Watcher points for the day. I had a kale salad waiting at home and I knew that I would be much happier after eating that than if I ate the pizza so I said no thanks.

Yesterday and today we operated the shop from 8am until noon. Yesterday my friend brought hot out of the oven cinnamon rolls. Oh my goodness they smelled so good which is code for I don’t know what they tasted like because I didn’t eat them. Thanks but no thanks. I had eaten a bowl of cereal at work earlier in the morning. I sipped coffee and water in between each class. I brought Trader Joe’s lemon wafers and had a few of those because they killed my sweet tooth and I knew the points value. After the shop yesterday I had a hearty vegetable wrap with hummus. It was worth the wait.

Today it was my job to stop and get a box of Joe from Dunkin’ Donuts along with a box of assorted munchkins which included the special holiday flavor red velvet munchkins. My friend brought in brownies a la Dunkin Hines, but still they smelled great. Mmmmm no thank you. Again I sipped water and coffee. I had a couple of lemon wafers, but I passed on the other treats. I just didn’t deem them worthy of my points.

Tonight I went Christmas shopping alone. I ate a healthy dinner compliments of the hot bar at Whole Foods. Instead of sweets after dinner, I had a tall skinny peppermint mocha hold the whipped cream at Barnes & Noble and a dark chocolate Adora disk which doubles as a calcium supplement. After my shopping excursion I hit the gym. I did some speed work on the treadmill and some strength training. I could have easily skipped the gym. I wanted to. Normally I get my workouts done in the morning, but my schedule is really off this week because of the holiday shop. I’m really glad I didn’t skip my workout today.

It’s really hard to pass up treats that are right in front of my face. There’s that little voice that says things like, “oh come on just have one; don’t you want to try the red velvet munchkin; you can’t deprive yourself all the time; live a little.” Only I know better now. One leads to two which leads to too many. I’ve been down this road too many times. I absolutely refuse to go backwards. So unless it is something really great I’m going to have to say no thanks.

 

17 thoughts on “No Thanks

  1. I’m with you – fabulous, homemade and something I generally never eat, I might try a bite. Otherwise no. I’m just saying no. I want to get back into my size 8 jeans too.

    1. There is one nurse on my unit who is an unbelievable baker. I have decided to only sample what she brings in or what I make. Fortunately she works the shift before me so there are usually only tiny pieces left, just enough for a taste.

  2. Size 8…that’s GREAT!!!! I’m so proud of you Aimee and I’m sure you are on cloud 9. I’m sure wearing those jeans makes it much easier to say “no thanks.” Keep it up! Photo please!!!

  3. Hi Aimee! This post is very well written in explaining *exactly!* what holiday season is like regarding food and how our minds have to think to counteract that. Thanks for that message.

    I love (!!!!) it that you are doing so well, as well as the super sizzling jean size! So much love to you! I have enjoyed you so many times this year. And we did a lot of thinking and problem-solving together this year too. And, amazingly, most of it worked super well!

    🙂 Marion

    1. Thank you very much Marion. I really lean on your posts for motivations, encouragement and support. I’m pleased with how the year turned out especially given that my first attempt at food journaling this year was unsuccessful. Funny that I found my way after all.

  4. I’m jealous of your willpower. It’s killing me to have such great stuff to munch on seemingly everywhere. I’m hoping my extra miles will offset what I eat. This weekend I’ve already planned a Saturday run, even though Saturday is usually my rest day. I’m going to happy to just maintain this month.

    1. Oh Carina I struggle with willpower most days, but it’s gotten better. I also schedule in extra workouts to allow myself to enjoy certain meals or days when I know I will eat less healthy.

  5. Hooray for size 8!! I still have my size 8’s in my attic – I keep thinking someday I will fit into them!

    My sister works at a huge office – this time of year its crazeballs the amount of food that gets sent to their office – she made the decision “If I didn’t bring it, I can’t eat it.” So far its working.

    Great job!

  6. You’re doing awesome Amiee!!! I love when I go down a jean size. I bet it helps to say no thank you to all the holiday treats when you see that you are making progress! Way to go!!!

    1. Hi Carrie! I hope you are doing well. Yes wearing smaller jeans definitely makes me look at treats a little differently. I’m not anxious to return to a larger size.

  7. That is so awesome about the jeans — congrats!!! And congrats on saying no thanks. In my opinion, the food we get brought in here for work never is as good as you think it is going to be, so I try to stay away as much as possible!!

    1. That’s so true Jane. Most of the time it looks much better than it tastes. If my co-worker tries something that looks great I make her tell me it is not worth the points.

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