general manager and
voice of philadelphia
Dear Philadelphia Member,
When holidays approach some of us look at the interactions with family and friends as an obstacle to our healthy weight journeys and some of us look at the interactions as helpful to our journey. Sometimes our perception of these interactions is about what we believe is being intended.
There are times when a friend or family member makes a comment like “are you still going to WW and tracking your food?”
What are the possible intents in a question like that? Well, maybe the person is thinking to themselves, “I wish I had your resolve” or it might even be a way of asking “how can I help?”
Giving someone the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the intention of their comment sets us up for better success throughout the holiday social scene.
Here are my favorite tips:
1. Wear clothing that fits. Nothing too big or too small. Wearing clothing that fits the body we are in at the moment reminds us of the work we’ve already put into the process.
2. When going to a party or holiday event, do not get overly hungry. Before attending an event EAT some ZeroPoint foods and include something with a little protein. There’s nothing worse than being too hungry when you get somewhere and end up elbow-deep in the chips and dips. Bring food that you can eat. Crudites are a very welcome addition to any party. Colorful and delicious these healthy trays make a gorgeous presentation of veggies and fruits accompanied ... even an Onion dip for ZeroPoints!
3. Plan something in addition to eating food. Party game anyone? Depending upon the size of your group it can be different games for different folks. Maybe some like touch football and others like cards or board games. I like something that crosses all age groups. That crazy big ball of small items wrapped in plastic wrap, I’ve seen on social media looks fun, or a white elephant gift exchange with a dice roll for an opportunity to exchange your gift for a “better” one.
4. Sit next to a naturally average-weight person when you’re eating, like my sister. Typically, they take a small amount of nearly everything offered, truly enjoy the food they love, and leave on the plate the foods that they’re not impressed with. No clean plate club membership is required.
Enjoy the season, the friends, and the family. No matter our religious or cultural backgrounds, the mid-November to early January time of the year gives us an opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful people in our lives.
Your best effort during this busy time is good enough. Add in a few extra steps wherever you can and make time for your Weight Watchers workshop.
Stay well and have a great week,