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Willpower Wishes

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in christmas · weight watchers · willpower
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary says “willpower” is energetic determination.  I wonder if Walmart is offering any of that during their after-Christmas sale? I’ll take a cart full of it, please.
My problem is  . . . I. Can’t. Stop. Eating.
It all began with Linda’s nut roll, escalated with Deb’s truffles, got worse with Cheryl’s Mississippi mud pie, and became a full blown catastrophe with Miriam’s cookies and coffee cake. Never mind the Honeybaked Ham leftovers still in the fridge.  Every cell in my body is screaming at me to cease and desist.
“Please!” They’re crying in their little cell voices, all 75 trillion of them. “Not another bite! Our fat cell companions are expanding and there’s going to be a population explosion! Watch out! It’s a hostile takeover!”
Why can’t I pass by a seasonal goody without taking a bite? You’d think I’m never going to have the opportunity to eat again, the way I’m nom-nom-nomming my way through the month of December. I’ve packed on some pounds, too, as evidenced by my Christmas day decision to wear sweatpants instead of blue jeans. The elastic waist wasn’t just appreciated, buttercup—it was necessary to prevent the asphyxiation of my tummy by Levi Strauss.  
Every year I tell myself I’m going to exercise my willpower to stay away from the goodies, and every year I finish up December by digging my Weight Watchers’ guide from the back of the pantry. Every stinkin’ year.
Maze mice learn faster than I do.
There must be a way to boost my willpower, because there’s no way to stop the influx of holiday yummies into my kitchen. I could threaten my friends by promising to write unflattering portrayals of them into my novel if they don’t quit with the goodies already. But that wouldn’t be very jolly of me, and the fam might protest.
What do you do to strengthen your willpower over the holidays? Anything? Or do you eat what you want and figure you’ll pay the price come January?  If you have willpower secrets, I think you should share. As long it doesn’t involve chocolate, I should be okay.
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16 Responses to "Willpower Wishes"

  1. Comment by Sioux
    December 28, 2011 at 6:13 am  

    I have no willpower either. I suggest you toss the sweat pants in the trash and embrace what is back in style–the mumu or caftan.(What are you doing up at this ungodly hour? Oh, wait…I'm up, too.)

  2. Comment by BECKY
    December 28, 2011 at 9:40 am  

    Dear Lisa….I'm pretty sure any weight gain you have doesn't really amount to much. You're so cute and tiny! (I know, I haven't seen you in person, but I can just tell. I'm like that. I have psychic powers!) It's a good thing I have that kind of power, 'cause I sure don't have any willpower in December,either!

  3. Comment by Bookie
    December 28, 2011 at 10:37 am  

    Lisa, what a perfect essay for me to get up to this morning. I have nearly destroyed myself with salt and sugar since a little before Thanksgiving! Both DH and I should limit sugar and salt, but only I have the weight problem. Well, he can't KEEP it on while I can't lose it. Do I have the strenghth to try one more time? I don't know, but here we are at the threshold of a another new year with the same old resolutions. So to get up to your comments about your own issues at least made me feel less alone! May we both find the magic will power in 2012.

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    December 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm  

    We all know that you are a doll, Lisa. Not sure what to say, because though I could stand to lose the 25-30 lbs that have crept up over the past 10 years, I've never been on a diet and am not really drawn to sweets. I say, enjoy December goodies, be thankful for the good food and friends who sent it your way and work on the rest of it in January.Happy New Year!Kathy M.

  5. Comment by Kathy Holmes
    December 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm  

    A thing in motion will stay in motion – the problem is, once you start, it's so hard to stop! Ack! Enjoy the season and January will be here soon enough with diet ads everywhere you turn!Happy 2012!

  6. Comment by irishoma
    December 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Like you, I have a hard time resisting sweets. One of my goals for 2012 is to exercise more. I'm hoping that will help me avoid the sweets and take off some pounds.donna

  7. Comment by Mama Zen
    December 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm  

    I eat and damn the consequences!

  8. Comment by Kim
    December 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm  

    Try eating the sweets while naked, in front of a full-length mirror.I know that would push me right into bulimia (so far, I've only gotten the binge part figured out).

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    December 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm  

    Sioux – Brilliant idea! Probably more comfy that sweats, too.Becky – Not so tiny. LOL I need to lose about 10 pounds. *sigh* Claudia – Thanks. Magic willpower would be awesome!Kathy M. – It does creep up. I try to diet it off when I hit the 10-over mark. I'm always afraid to ignore it, especially now that I'm over 50!Kathy H. – I need to put that whole "in motion" thing to good use and start exercising regularly again. :)Donna – Weight Watchers is in my future. *sigh*Mama Z. – I want your attitude! I feel guilty but nosh anyway.Kim – You are an evil, evil woman. The mirror idea is nothing short of sadistic to suggest, and masochistic to attempt. LOL And brilliant. Yikes. I may be able to lay off those sweets after all!

  10. Comment by Lynn
    December 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm  

    Can so relate! I'm seriously going to shoot for exercising more… oh wait, just exercising period! Ha.

  11. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    December 29, 2011 at 9:04 am  

    Maze mice learn faster…I am laughing out loud as I sit here telling myself I do not need that peanut butter cookie. BUT, I will have a half dozen. I lose all willpower in Dec. I know it, and I eat every sweet in sight. I do work hard in January, for about two weeks and then I lose willpower to dance, move and groove to the Oldies. So, I sit on the couch and lift hand weights and tell myself,"Honey, you'll always have a hippo hiney, but if you can just keep your arm flab from blowing in the breeze 🙂

  12. Comment by Tammy
    December 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm  

    You took the words right out of my mouth (only made them funnier). Now if only you would take the other stuff out of my mouth…. This year is especially bad for some reason. When you called us "buttercup," I thought to myself that you're not at all far off with me. If you popped me like a big ol' zit, I would erupt butter and cream cheese and chocolate.

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    December 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm  

    Lynn – Exercise? As if dieting isn't bad enough. LOLTammy – Eewww…! What a visual! I'm going to have dermatologic nightmares now. LOL

  14. Comment by Val
    December 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm  

    Mr. Will Power and I have an agreement. He makes himself scarce between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. After that, I invite him to be my constant companion until next November. Of course, I'm all about granting him ample vacation time, and spur-of-the-moment days off.

  15. Comment by K9friend
    December 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm  

    Sadly, I'm a January price-payer. If there's a goodie in my house, I eat it, and I've got the stretch marks to prove it! PatCritter Alley

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    December 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm  

    Oh, Lisa, you're in good company. I've lost 7 pounds since starting weight watchers two months ago. I gained FIVE back this past week. I expected to gain a little, but to gain almost everything back is so depressing. So I guess I don't have any willpower either. But I figure most weeks aren't like the week of Christmas, so it's best to just move forward from here. We can be our own little WW support group!

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