Hello and happy Thanksgiving from Riskology HQ here in Portland, OR!
The wife is downstairs prepping for family to arrive and the big meal we’ll all share later today before giving into a food coma and falling asleep on the couch with a dog and a football game. And maybe an extra piece of pie nearby if we wake up and find some extra space in the stomach. I’ve been told to report for duty, so we’ll keep this one short!
The holidays used to be a stressful time for me. I was unhealthy and overweight. Before I started eating better and exercising regularly, I’d worry about the extra load of rich food and sweets that would bombard me the last month of the year.
But since I started cleaning up my diet and running three times a week over five years ago, the holidays come and go with little stress. I eat and drink whatever I want because I’ve built the habit of self-restraint throughout the rest of the year. And that practice has led me to eat less and smarter by choice through the holidays as well.
I don’t count calories anymore. Instead, I count my blessings and heap another pile of potatoes on my plate knowing when the family leaves, it’s back to normal.
But how did this happen? How did I get to this point? The truth is, I did it with all of you. I set smart goals and habits for myself and used all of you as my accountability partners.Continue Reading →