Saturday, December 5, 2009

Meaningful choices

In the book French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano it says, "Making choices that are meaningful to you is the essence of the French woman's secret."
Yesterday I did not do that at all. I was famished all day. After the kids got out of school, I found a leftover container of cheese tortellini. I wolfed down a cup full (yes I measured). THIS WAS NOT A MEANINGFUL CHOICE! I WAS NOT CHANNELING MY INNER FRENCH WOMAN! I don't even like tortellini!
So fast forward to last night... A church Christmas dinner event...Homemade tamales, homemade refried beans, homemade Mexican rice. I DID NOT HAVE ONE BITE! I was regretting my foolish afterschool binge because tasting this authentic Mexican fare would have been so much more a meaningful choice !
I have been hosting a Holiday cookie exchange every year for the past six years. I love to bake at Christmastime! This year I decided to choose a cookie that would not tempt me. I chose Biscotti. My mom and I spent the entire day baking loaves and cutting them. I will dip them in chocolate and be done. Guess what? There are a lot of unuseable end pieces! And guess what else? They are good! My preplanning failed a bit...
How are you getting through holiday celebrations without guilt?

1 comment:

Poetry of Life said...

I haven't started on any "life change" since the baby, but there is still guilt. Every night as I get into bed and see the leftover babies still clinging all over me, it makes me a little sad and a little irritated. Sad that I look this way and irritated that I can't just do what I want. I'm not looking forward to beginning and maybe that is why haven't started yet. I know it is looming just around the corner and I know it needs to be done. I just don't know how to get started and how to motivate myself to keep going once its begun. After the holidays. Definitely after the holidays.