Sometimes doing the right thing for your health and weight loss hurts people’s feelings. My parents sent me a wonderful care package for Christmas. In it was a tin of home-made cookies, brownies, and other yummy sweets. My mother and I used to make these during the holidays and I’ve come to realize that this is one of the ways my family shows affection..through food and time spent eating said food.
I had to tell her that I would be unable to eat the contents of the tin due to the diet program. I think I hurt her feelings, but it was the farthest thing from my intent. It warms my heart to think that she cared enough to spend the time to cook the pastries with me in her thoughts. I’m just at a point right now where I do not want to slip up. One cookie turns to four. It kind of snowballs on me when I give in sometimes.
I’m reminded an important lesson on this journey when I was looking for inspiration. On some form of television weight loss show (thinking Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition), it was mentioned that you have to put yourself and your weight loss at the forefront of everything to be successful. unfortunately, this even includes family and traditions.
Can I one day return to moderation and eating the occasional sweet? Perhaps, but today is not that day. I just wish I didn’t feel so crappy about it.
Hardest Part of Saying No