To many, oh so many, throngs of people this time of year comes and goes the candy from Halloween transitions into the pies and gluttony of Thanksgiving which gently slides into the season of cookies and the overly sugarized treats of Christmas. For a guy like me it means a solid three months of non stop temptations, where I want to grab a handful of cookies and cram them into my open mouth only to be followed by another handful and another and more yet. I have never encountered a “Holiday” season while trying to lose weight because for my entire adult life the Holidays meant delectable confections washed down with gallons of adult barley based libations and pack after pack of cigarettes acting as a chaser. This whole thought stream is based on my last on duty shift at the fire house, temptations were in full force, the full platter of brownies, the cookie that was as big as a refrigerator, and the chain smoking. I was detailed to a station where everyone but me is a self appointed chain smoker they take pride in that fact, much like I did when I smoked, I once held high honors with the smokers because I could easily smoke 2 packs a day….those foolish, foolish days. So I did what I thought was necessary, I sequestered myself in a room where I read and listened to Ska on my Ipod. I had to subject myself to introverted internment and sensory deprivation. I couldn’t be in the same room as the treats; I couldn’t be near the smokers for if I had the months upon months of trying to get my lungs to the point they are now would be over. If I was in the same room as the chocolate filled garbage the weight I have been obsessively trying to lose would quickly be reflected in the red needle on the scale as it rose into the higher and higher digits. On top of all of this I am literally petrified about what I am going to eat at those many large family gatherings while everyone plows through plate after plate of turkey and ham….I wonder if I can doctor up a hunk of Tofu to taste like turkey…or ham?
In other Holiday news: I have been relentless in my hints of a Kindle recommending that is what my wife should get me for Christmas. They aren’t even subtle hints either, someone I know (not admitting it was actually me) has changed her computer home page and desktop picture to the Kindle homepage and a Kindle picture…over the top? I don’t really think so. I have also tried to explain it will help me be a better human, whether or not there is scientific evidence to support such claims is really not important.