The last couple of days have been great, and I’m officially excited about Fall. It’s my favorite season because of the crisp mornings, the array of squashes found at the supermarket (love every kind of squash I’ve ever tasted) and college football. And at this time of year, I start preparing for the holidays.
I went to Hobby Lobby and Bed, Bath and Beyond today with Mom yesterday, and they already had Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations all over. And I love it, and Mom loves it too. (Sorry, Kelly..ha)
I love the holidays, and I also love the anticipation that starts building for me in October. I love cheesy movies, baking cookies and making candy and Christmas music. Yes, I realize that it’s October, but it’s who I am. =) Tomorrow, after our trip to the gym, Mom and I plan to venture out to explore other stores with Christmas displays. See? I come by it honestly.
Christmas 2008 at Macy's on 34th St, NYC
I bake sugar cookies (among other things) every year, but sugar cookies are one of my favorites because I like decorating them more than I like eating them. I can pass by cookies on the counter without feeling the need to eat them though it’s harder for me to pass up cupcakes.
This year, I’m trying new recipes for cookie frosting because somewhere along the line, I lost my favorite. I found one today that is very similar, and it seemed to work though it still needs to be adjusted a little. I want my cookies to look and taste great before the benefit that my family is hosting for my Uncle Wesley at the end of the month.
My latest frosting attempt...It needs work. ;)
I was out of icing bags so I used ziploc bags. Ha...
I typically bake sweet treats and make candy over the holidays, but this year it’s starting early. I plan to share them at a benefit at the end of the month so it’s important to create a plan of attack before the parties begin. I wrote about it during my first year of weight-loss, and I think it’s important to remember what worked so I can do it again. Here’s an excerpt from a post I wrote in December of 2009:
Over Thanksgiving I learned that I could eat things that I enjoy without gaining weight, and I plan to do that again over the Christmas holidays. Baking, making homemade candy and fudge and parties can be challenging though I try to remind myself that the next bite will taste like the last. And so far, it has worked for me.
This is really good advice to give to myself because it applies everyday, and in the past, I’ve proven that it works. And now it’s time to prove it to myself again. I’m a firm believer in living life and enjoying it, obviously. But I also know that it’s important to remember that I have goals if I want to achieve them, and I do. I made great strides (including solid losses on the scale) in September, and I’m going to stop letting one week define how I feel about my progress.
So while it’s only mid-October, it’s never too early to start preparing mentally. I’m working on a list of things that I can do to make it through the holidays without a hitch, and I’ll share that list in detail at some point later. Until then, I’m going to keep trying to perfect my recipes and remind myself that each healthy decision I make will lead to a longer, healthier, holiday-filled life.