Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another /that/ time of year (Tis' the season to be rant-y)

I know this may come as a shock, but I can get a bit uppity once in a while. I am finding that my uppity-ness is starting to reach a critical level of late... it's been on the rise since right before Halloween and I have a feeling it's going to be extra difficult to keep the Brain-Mouth filter in place.

Here's the thing: The office is starting to show signs of the 2 holiday spirits 1) the spirit of giving in the form of treats (store bought and homemade) cropping up here and there and 2) the cranky spirits of Diets Past, Present and Future. There have been MANY people walking around, grumbling about "bad time of year... oh I can't believe ::nom nom nom:: all the stuff you have ::munch munch:: at your desk! Oh I'm gonna ::chomp nom nom:: pay for this later!"

There's the snarky of me that so wants channel my inner Jillian/Dr. Phil and call people on their behavior.

"Oh, why are all these holidays so close together?!"

Yeah... funny how that happened this year... I mean, it seems like it's only been that way for the last, oooh, 50-100 years or so. Not much time to prepare for it!

::heading to candy dish again:: "I just can't control myself when there's food around!"

Wow... yeah, I understand. That impulse control thing is hard to deal with when you're 6 or 7. Oh wait... last time I checked you were an ADULT! Seriously!

"OH! There's cookies!"

Really?! What a surprise! Look, it's not like it's the Nobel Prize, eat it or don't. Just stop making a big deal out of it.

I get that it's hard. I get that there's things that are tempting. I get that life gets stressful, and food is used a lOT as a coping mechanism.

I also get that a lot of people act in ways that they wouldn't allow their children to do at home, let alone in public. (Wow. Was that my outloud voice?)

I also get that, in order to stop that behavior, and make peace with ourselves and with food, you have to stop blaming external factors and start looking at yourself for the problems, issues, /and/ solutions. Talk about scary.

Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living"... but does he know what scary things used to lurk in the dark recesses of MY mind? Seriously. But eventually, you get to the point where you have to start being a parent to yourself. It's not really about growing up, and it's not about being perfect. It's about acknowledging what you're really feeling inside, it's about learning a new, healthier way to be. It's about having fun without obsessing. It's taking a deep breath, picking one thing and working on it.

Then you can join me on the sidelines making fun of the people that don't get it. ;)

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Justin List said...

I agree, "the longer you are in battle, the greater the chance for defeat". - Justin List

So stop argueing about whether or not to eat the cookie. Just say no and be done with it. Not a second thought. Put some protein on your plate.

Lady Rois said...

HA! Love it! Unfortunately, putting out a tray of boneless, skinless chicken breasts doesn't have the same draw as baked goods... not sure why. :)

Justin List said...

No but shrimp cocktail, nuts and seeds or even edamame's can be done. Or eat before you go to a function. Your will power is directly correlated to your blood sugar. If blood sugar is low, so is the will power.

Lady Rois said...

Good point! And I totally agree with the blood sugar/ravenous connection.

However, I always hate the 'eat before you go' suggestion because for me, it doesn't work. For some it may, but I'm a grazer and will pick at things during a party if it's there, and never feel like I've eaten. The /good/ thing is that I recognize this behavior and take steps to correct it - I always grab a small plate for food, allow myself one or two 'treat' items and the rest veggies, meat, whatever. I only eat off my plate, and I find a place to sit and talk with people away from the food.

It's not always perfect, but keeps me more mindful of what I'm eating on the less than special occassions. :)