It's Limbo time…
November 27, 2013
No… it’s not Lovely Husband wearing garlands and a garish shirt whilst shimmying under a pole in the back garden… the limbo I’m thinking about is that period we’re in right now… Christmas is four weeks away… yet at the same time it’s all around us.
I have to confess… I’m still a kid at heart when it comes to all things Yule… I did let out a little squeak of delight when I walked into a local department store just after my birthday to discover they had set up their “Christmas shop”… and I couldn’t resist a particularly cute reindeer decoration… (I am convinced its big brown eyes were pleading with me “Take me home… Take me home…” so I did and he will look lovely on our tree).
That was four weeks ago.
”Now we are a little under a month away from the Big Day and there is absolutely no escaping all things Christmas… and that is what puts me in a state of limbo… Actually in several states of limbo.“
The first state of limbo is the “party outfit”… my shape is changing subtly week by week. So my dilemma is, having spotted the perfect party wear… do I buy it now, before the rest of the town spots it and my size is no longer available… or do I hold out until around the 20th of December when, if I stick to my tried and tested WLR strategies, my weight will have dropped a little more and my shape will have shifted again and I might, just might, be able to get a size smaller than the one I have in my head now… or do I bite the bullet, buy the outfit in my “soon to be” size now and use it as an incentive to stick to my plan… Or do I take the pressure off by buying the outfit which fits at this precise moment in time and allow myself some “wriggle room”… decisions… decisions.
My second state of limbo is the issue of “Christmas treats”. Every year we have a ‘blue tin of ‘chocolates’ and a ‘purple tin of chocolates’ as part of our festive treats. I don’t know how this came to be a tradition… I just can’t remember a Christmas without them. This year, Lovely Husband and I have decided that we really don’t need two tins of said treats and have decided to just go for a small blue tin this year. The main reason is so that when family, friends and neighbours pop in over the holidays the tin is open and they can help themselves. The incentive to buy them now is because they are half price in the supermarket… but can I be trusted to stash it away until the 20th December (which is when the first family gathering is scheduled and so is my “official” start of Christmas)…?
Likewise with Panettone. Lovely Husband is particularly partial at Christmas (I am not a huge fan) and again we usually buy enough so that it can be sliced and shared with people who pop round for a Christmas catch-up. This year Lovely Husband suggested that we just buy two individually sized Panettone so that he has enough to enjoy and share avoids us ending up with a mountain of it (that we feel we “have to eat” rather than see it go to waste).
”Mince Pies are my downfall… I find them almost irresistible… and at the moment my favourite mince pies are currently on a BOGOF in my supermarket… ”
It makes them great value, and I am sure it is a limited offer… but will they prove too tempting to have in the house? Admittedly they would be in the freezer… but I will know they are there, and can be defrosted in a matter of minutes in the microwave…
As you can see… I was facing a potential pre-Christmas minefield. I decided I needed to give my various states of limbo some consideration and have come up with the following solutions:
Party-Wear: I am going to buy it at the weekend. I will buy the size that fits now… rather than try and squeeze myself into a too-tight-outfit. If I have a little room for manoeuvre that is no bad thing, if it does become “roomy” then a belt and tacking stitches will resolve that issue, but at least I will be comfortable and able to move around.
Tin of Chocolate/Sweets: These are on hold. They don’t need to be in my house now. It is unlikely that there is going to be a stampede or mass bulk-buying in the next few weeks…. and if there were… and I was unable to find a tin anywhere… the problem of my being tempted would be solved in any event. (Lovely Husband has agreed this is a good course of action with regard to his Panettone too).
Mince Pies: State of limbo solved thanks to one of my closest friends who is a successful long-term “Weight-Losser” and who did a weight-loss-friendly Christmas last year. She has a wonderful mince pie recipe with all of the taste but less of the calories than the shop bought option and has offered to make me a dozen as my Christmas present. Better still she is going to make them and then give them to me to freeze in an unbaked state… That way even if I am tempted… I can’t just get one out and put in the microwave for two minutes… it will take at least thirty minutes to heat the oven and wait for it to bake… by which time the urge to tuck in will have passed. (If I can persuade her to share her recipe I’ll add it to the WLR database so you can all enjoy).
So that’s the next four weeks taken care of… A little bit of forward thinking; a little bit of acknowledging my “weaknesses” and making plans to head them off; and a little bit of anticipation – if I make sure Christmas doesn’t start before 20 December I have something to look forward to… rather than it just being the final two weeks of a six-week long “festive season”
However, now I have to turn my thoughts to my most dreaded Christmas chore… Wrapping presents… I’m very “Bah Humbug”… so if any of you fabulous WLR-ers have any good ideas about how I make that bearable… Tell Me NOW!
With a hug and the hope that you a great day