Being a true American, I overate on Thanksgiving. I made some eating decisions before the big day arrived so I wouldn’t lose sight of the fact that I am on a diet and regret my choices. I would allow myself a little bit of dressing and one sliver of pie (in addition to the turkey and salad of course!).
I did stick to my goal except I had a second sliver of lemon pie that night. Although I felt too full, that wasn’t the problem. The problem came on Friday night when we went out to eat with my aunt and uncle. That’s where I lost all sense of right and wrong.
We went to one of those Japanese restaurants where they cook your food at the table. It was a sight and even though I just ordered chicken, shrimp and veggies, there was something about that food that caused me to lose control. My plate was piled high with deliciousness and it was shamefully enough to feed a small country. And I ate every.single.bite.
Afterward I pushed myself away from the table and may have been slightly green. It left me feeling sick and I am not kidding…..I continued to feel stuffed the rest of the weekend. If you are reading this in 2014 I am probably still full from that meal.
On Saturday morning I decided enough was enough with my closet full of clothes that don’t fit me and I started cleaning. I had Elijah, my 10 year old, helping me by throwing away trash and carrying large mounds of clothing from the closet to my bedroom. I’m not kidding…..there is a mountain in there! I almost lost him at one point and thought I might have to dive in after him.
I made myself let go of everything that’s too big, which was almost everything. Now this is embarrassing to admit, but I felt so sad getting rid of those things! I know it’s just clothes and it’s a victory and all that. But cute, modest, plus-sized clothes are hard to find and as I watched them get tossed onto the pile I felt pangs of sadness. I really will miss some of them.
I’m not sure what to do with them now. I am considering selling them on eBay or Craig’s List. But that would involve a lot of work and I don’t know if photographing clothes, listing them then packaging them to ship is how I want to spend my Christmas holiday. What do you do with your old clothes that are perfectly good?
We spent the rest of the weekend doing the second most popular Thanksgiving tradition….the decorating of the house for Christmas. It’s a slow progression and this full, tired, nearly clothesless mom took her sweet time getting it all set up. Each of the kids had an assignment involving some form of Christmas decorating right down to the repair of last year’s nutcracker decoration.
I am so glad I painstakingly stored it in my closet and have been stepping carefully over it for a whole year only to pick it up and and have it fall apart in my hands and need to be completely reassembled.
Note to self: just go ahead and store the nutcracker decoration with all of the other Christmas ornaments this year.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and I really hope you were wiser than I when it came to your food choices. May your December be merry and bright and all your nutcrackers be intact.