Start by printing the 2018 calendars available here:
2018 Dot Tracking Calendars
Also buy a bunch of green, yellow and red stickers or stars. [Read more…]
First, there are lots of holiday events and food temptations. Add to that the stress of travel, baking and buying gifts. [Read more…]
Ahh… vacation. A few years ago, my husband and I spent a week in Eastern Canada enjoying the best vacation we’ve had in years.
We hiked, played tennis, or took long walks every single day. We monitored our food intake by splitting most of our meals and eating dessert only twice during the entire trip. We also browsed through bookstores, drank tea on outdoor patios, and had many long, meaningful conversations. [Read more…]
Other people and their problems constantly hook her into feeling distraught, worried, and upset. [Read more…]
She kept hoping her children would grow up and take care of their own lives. But they didn’t.
And whenever they had problems, Marilyn not only rushed in to help, she ate. [Read more…]
Instead of getting hooked by holiday foods, focus on the people around you.
Work on connecting by asking questions and listening to their stories. Show caring and love without judgement or criticism.
To add to your ability to connect, pay special attention to eye colors. To do this, you’ll need to make a extra effort to look into people’s eyes.
They will be amazed at how present you are in the conversations.
To fix this, use a fork or spoon to eat anything that’s a “hand-held food.”
You’ll still get to appreciate the tastes but you’ll eat a lot less than if you keep grabbing a handful of those foods.
If you don’t drink alcohol, you can skip this tip.
But remember, alcohol adds calories as well as making you not care about how much you eat.
To manage parties or family gatherings, drink a large glass of water before you start sipping on a glass of wine, beer or other alcoholic beverage.
Sometimes, you’re actually thirsty and the water helps you slow down and make your drink last a lot longer.
You might also plan to drink a glass of water before reaching for a second drink or a refill on your wine.
You don’t have to do it all.
Look for ways to cut out some of the usual rituals or activities that wear you out.
Make two types of cookies instead of ten.
Buy fewer gifts, and explain that you are working on having a simpler, more meaningful holiday season.
Evaluate every invitation to see if it’s important or not. Sometimes, you can skip a lunch or other gathering and not really miss much.
Be selective about which concerts or programs to attend. At our home, we try to never do two big evening events in a row. It really helps us not get so exhausted and we appreciate the ones we go to a lot more.