1. Due to my diet program, I don’t have to brave the grocery store this holiday season. At all. Enjoy your mob scene, everyone else!
2. I don’t have to worry about gaining weight over Thanksgiving. I already know what I’m eating, when I’m eating it, and how much I’m eating. And I know that I will lose.
3. My food program makes people uncomfortable around mealtimes. It’s really confounding: what I’m eating seems to be an issue for everyone but me, it really makes people act weird. “Oh, uh, is it ok if I eat?” Yes, yes it is. I don’t expect everyone I know to stop eating just because I had to do something about my weight. Keeping me on program is my responsibility, not yours. So I’m opting to do my own thing on Thanksgiving (going to the coast and tidepools) and avoid large food-focused gatherings. Also I don’t have any family to spend it with anyway, so this removes the occasional obligation I feel to make the day seem festive without a family gathering. It’s kind of nice to have a ready excuse to not bother.
4. I can wear actual pants again. This has nothing to do with the holidays, I’m just happy because last night I pulled out my only pair of jeans and they fit again after years of not. I’ve been wearing yoga pants and other stretchy leggings under dresses for years now because my size 16 pants were all too tight and the bigger options were so unflattering. Size 16 is kind of the cutoff point for me. I’m happy to be able to wear real pants again, not just stretchy pants! I’m still unlikely to wear them often, because they’ve never been comfortable for me, but if for some bizarre reason I was invited to a jeans-required event, I could go!