Monthly Archives: December 2016

Holiday food log: Aiming higher at Christmas

Do I eat any better on Christmas Day now than I did when I was fat? For probably the first three Christmases after my 90-pound weight loss in 2010, I was still obsessing over Weight Watchers points, and so any … Continue reading

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Holiday Food Log 28-29: the pre-celebration fast

One problem with single-day diet challenges is that the next morning I have an urge to overcompensate. That’s what happened after Tuesday’s “cycling diet” video game, when I had THREE Christmas cookies PLUS a Pop Tart. By 10 a.m., when … Continue reading

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Holiday food log #27: The diet/exercise ‘video game’

I love one-day diet/fitness challenges. Yesterday, knowing I had a cycling workout in mind, I decided to follow a diet modeled on one a cyclist-blogger friend has written about using when he’s trying to drop a few pounds. If I … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 25-26: 2 valuable lessons

I keep wondering if this holiday food log is a frivolous waste of both my time and yours. This is a busy time, right? Yet learning how to eat during the holidays in a way that feels enjoyable without losing … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 23-24: Race day munchies

You know a trail race is gonna be tough when your car has trouble making it there on icy roads. We finally arrived at the HUFF about half an hour before the start, but had to trek half a mile … Continue reading

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Holiday food log #21-22: ‘The Gingerbread Girl’ diet

For a while now I’d been wanting to try eating like this character in a Stephen King story called “The Gingerbread Girl.” In the story she’s literally running away from unhappiness, fleeing to Florida and doing a lot of compulsive … Continue reading

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Holiday food log #19-20: Salvaging a day that seemed doomed

How do you salvage a day when you’ve already had 1,000-plus calories before 9 a.m.? This holiday food log has really clarified something I already suspected: Tuesdays are a problem.  I typically have a really light dinner on Mondays, following … Continue reading

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Holiday food log 17-18: Willpower strategy for cookie decorating

When I asked my dad what it was like physically handling large amounts of cash as a banker – decades ago he would actually ride a bike down to the post office to pick up an $80,000 shipment from the … Continue reading

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Holiday food log day 16: Triumph over temptation

Sometimes the holiday season feels like a trip around a giant Candyland game board. Yesterday’s challenge was making it through the homemade molasses sugar cookie trap, then staring down the decadent display of goodies at the Tim Horton’s where I … Continue reading

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Holiday food log days 14-15: Eating large

You may have noticed by now that even when I’m not on a binge, I eat A LOT. Scaling back to tiny portions is something I’ve never managed to master. It’s literally easier for me to fast than to be … Continue reading

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