Chun-Li: My father saved his village at the cost of his own life. You had him shot as you ran away. A hero at a thousand paces.
M. Bison: I’m sorry. I don’t remember any of it.
Chun-Li: You don’t remember?!
M. Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.

Street Fighter (1994 film)

Thanksgiving is nothing but a Thursday.

There are all sorts of tips or “hacks” to avoid putting on extra weight around the holidays, but they’re all trivia.

plural noun: trivia
  1. details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

Trivia is a part of the word “trivial.”  We all know what that means.  Here are some trivial “expert-approved” tips researched for this article:

  • “Wear tight clothes”
  • “Go to the back of the line”
  • “Eat off colorful plates”
  • “Take small bites and chew a lot”
  • “Help clean-up”

These are all ways of tricking yourself into being mindful about what you eat, but consider this:

Why, if something sincerely matters to you, do you need to be concerned about throwing it all out the window because of a holiday?

How do you eat to avoid calorically dense, unhealthy foods normally?

Why does Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter/pick-a-holiday mean that you necessarily need to eat like a slob?  Would you do all of these trivial hacks any other Thursday, or simply “be mindful?”

Re-define the way you think.

Do you believe it is fair to family to say “oh, I know I’m going to go off the rails this holiday because of family dinners?”  That’s another way of saying that because you’re gathered with family, you are going to eat poorly and hurt your goals.

This willingness to blame nonsense for your over indulgence is just glorified finger-pointing.

Your lack of restraint becomes other people’s fault; it becomes proximity to family’s fault.  It becomes the holiday’s fault.  It becomes the availability of foods fault.  It becomes the novelty of seasonal foods fault.  Everyone and everything’s fault but your own.

When you blame the holidays for poor diet or weight gain, you are blaming everything but your own insincerity and self-control.

  • “There are so many good foods just THERE.”
  • “I don’t see everyone often.”
  • “You’re SUPPOSED to indulge for the holidays.”

“So what,” “so what,” and “so what?!”  At what point did these become good reasons?

These are not things someone who genuinely wants to make healthy changes excuses him/herself with.  If your doctor told you: “if you eat one more piece of bread and you will die” you are not going to go to Thanksgiving dinner and say “well, because it’s a holiday I should be allowed to eat this bread.”

Eating healthier to lose weight is not as polarized a decision as “eat bread and die,” nor should it be.  However, if you decided “I don’t want to die, so I’m not going to eat bread” you hopefully wouldn’t crack for any reason.  Most especially being surrounded by loved ones.  Unless, of course, you didn’t actually want to live and you wanted your loved ones to know it was their fault.

Now, this post isn’t to say “don’t enjoy yourself and never crack on your strict diet.”  Just change what “crack” means.  Have stuffing, have a piece of pie, but do it the same way you always would: fitting it into your caloric deficit and macronutrients.  That is the very definition of a “lifestyle change!”

Will food taste less good if you don’t eat disgusting amounts of it?  Will you love your family less if you don’t eat every type of pie at the table?

Remember why you’re eating better.  Remember why you want to be healthy.  Remember why you want to look better.

You’re doing this for you.  When you make trivial excuses to crack, you’re insulting your own resolve.

You have to decide for yourself if you want to be a success story, or a book of excuses.

I want you to be a success story, and I know you can do it.

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