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Blame the calandar for holiday weight gain

December 30, 2007

I suggest we move the celebration of Thanksgiving to June.   Why?  

It’s current calendar position in late November sparks a wave of holiday consumption that lasts seemingly throughout December.    This caloric tidal wave originates as a small ripple with the office luncheon ahead of Thanksgiving.   It builds tremendous momentum during the feasting with family and friends during Thanksgiving, and is fortified by the stockpile of leftovers in the refrigerator.   As one can only stand so much turkey and ham at one time, the desire to get out of the house and dine upon cuisine from the Italian, Mexican, or Asian genre’ further exacerbates the caloric catastrophe in the making. 

The situation compounds during December, courtesy of the numerous holiday parties and omnipresent seasonal baking that creates new assortments of delictables stored in colorful tins, all left curiously unguarded on the kitchen counter.   In the 40 odd days from Thanksgiving to New Year’s,  the small caloric ripple transmogrifies into a massive tsunami who’s crashing impact is evidenced when I step on the scales at the end of December.  

While moderation and will power could help, I contend moving the two holidays apart by six months would be a solution beneficial to many.  Such a shift would allow us to break the adverse momentum of eating.  It is easier to undo the effects of several days of dietary debauchery than to try to work off the cumulative and compounded holiday poundage.

Happy Holidays – See you at the gym !

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2007 12:12 am

    I know I will be at the gym when I get back…

  2. January 2, 2008 11:56 am

    I need a month worth of salads to detox my body. I ate and drank like I was a berserk Barbarian feasting on the remains of Rome. We don’t have thanksgivings here, and I was still able to gain a lot of weight.

    Moderation? what is that? 🙂

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