Back in the Saddle

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year everyone….welcome to 2012!IMG_0102 You may have noticed I didn’t post over the weekend. That’s because, I like you, was busy enjoying the other things a holiday weekend has to offer – friends, food and family, and I decided just to live life instead of worrying about documenting everything and posting my musings on here. I hope you didn’t miss me too much. Winking smile

It feels like I haven’t sat down to write a post in FOREVER (which is sort of true, since 2 out of last week’s 3 posts were pre-scheduled), so I feel like I have so much to share with you all!

Hence, back in the saddle is a 2-fold title:

We are getting back to somewhat of a regular blogging schedule around these parts (although, as I told you here, it’s probably going to be a little less frequently).

And, as you probably guessed, and I’m hoping many of you are in the same boat with me on this one, back in the saddle refers to returning to my normally healthy eating routine after WAY TOO MUCH holiday indulgence (the Christmas dinner pictured above is only a small samIMG_4096ple of what I consumed over the past week). Embarrassed smile

I must confess, my cooking over the past week has involved my two friends butter and cream waaaay more than normal, and thus, the caloric content of my food has shot up. I would love to say that I opened my mouth and a parade of chocolates, cookies, sweets and other seasonal delights just hopped inside, and I was powerless to stop them, and that the tightness of my jeans is due to no fault of my own – but that would be a lie.

As crappy as tight pants on January the second feel, I have learned that I have to own up to it. The holidays are tough for everyone, but no one forced me to eat all those cookies. No one said that I had to pick a Christmas morning breakfast scone recipe with loads of cream and butter. No one shoved those wonderfully greasy New Year’s eve party foods down my throat. It was all me.

I will confess that special occasion eating is one of the hardest things for me in this whole thing we like to call healthy living. Somehow, the ultra-healthy, super-careful girl I am the rest of the year is pushed out for Holiday Hilary, and then – look out! I cram all I can in my face and over-indulge in super-tasty (and often quite fattening treats). When you think about it logically, it’s ridiculous. If I could let myself enjoy small amounts of decadent treats throughout the year instead of trying to cram them all into the span of about one week, I would feel a lot better, both mentally and physically. I’m striving for balance, but it’s a journey, and I fear I’ll never get there, but I’m not giving up.

One HUGE perk to my job is that I get 2 weeks of Christmas vacation Open-mouthed smile (sorry, not trying to brag). However, it can also be a HUGE detriment to my diet. I don’t just eat a Christmas dinner or two, then go back to work the next day. I have family visiting, breakfasts, brunches, lunches and snacks, and multiple containers of cookies and chocolate way more readily available to me than they should be (Cookie before breakfast? Why not? Oh, walking by the chocolate, better grab a piece!). Again, this is no excuse, I’m just sharing with you how being at home all that time can wreak havoc on my waistline.

And since my weight loss efforts last fall yielded the opposite result of my intentions, I had even less motivation than usual to try and exercise moderation this holiday season. I figured, “I’m already gaining weight anyway, so what difference does it make if I overindulge?” – NOT a good head space to be in!

But enough with the self-pity. It’s a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year! Time for a new beginning!

Tune in the rest of this week to see how and what I’m doing to tackle those holiday pounds. Tomorrow, I’ll have a Holiday 2011 recap for you. And in case you’re wondering why you haven’t seen a year in review (like so many other cool bloggers are doing) on this blog yet, it’s because my blog birthday is coming up later this week (hard to believe, but HHH is almost one year old already)! So I’m planning to tie in some 2011 reflections with my one year birthday, so stay tuned for that as well!

How are you planning to get back on track after the holidays?


  • Sigi says:

    that cheeseball soup was still very delicious, thanks for making such a scrumptious meal!!!

  • Maren says:

    I’m trying to focus on fitness this year instead of counting calories and all that stuff. I just feel kinda burnt out of all the addition and subtraction.

  • Shana says:

    I want to add more strength training to my fitness routine. I want some serious muscles by 2013!!

    • Hilary says:

      Great goal…I strength train, but always wish I did more. I am coming off a session with my trainer today, and am feeling seriously sore (but in the best way).

  • Great post…I think you will reach a lot of readers with this…I think we can all relate to what you said on one level or another.

    You are SO right. It’s a new year! A clean slate has been given to you. Take advantage of it and embrace how AMAZING it feels to live healthy. Give yourself a week to get over the holiday jiggles. You will feel AMAZING in a week just knowing you are making healthy choices. Promise!

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