‘Twas the buffet spread for Christmas, and all through the house,
Every fork and spoon were lifting, from every single and spouse.
The utensils were placed by the dishes with care,
In hopes that replenished vittles soon would be there;
The children were ready to eat all they could before bed,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,
And Mama in her stretchy dress, and I in my sweatpants,
Had just settled our bellies – and this not by chance –
When out in the kitchen there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from the table to see what was the matter.
Away from the buffet we flew like a flash,
Ran through the house and to the fridge we did dash.
The shelves were empty, the guests were all full,
Giving the calorie counts for all quite a pull;
Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a driverless car filled with more edible cheer!
With a little more thought, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment our health goals in 2019 must stick.
More rapid than eagles these extra pounds came,
And we whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now! Treat foods, now! overeating, now! Sedentary lifestyles, and Vexin’,
“Over choices that are better for us, we shouldn’t be perplexin’;
“To the top of our list! To the heart of our plan!
“Now dash away! dash away! Unnecessary calories if we can.”
As one year ends before the next year comes by,
When we meet with an obstacle, we know, you and I;
That no matter how challenging changing choices can be,
The goal for better health can belong to every she and he:
So, in a twinkling, how can this be?
Through goal setting, thinking, and new choices for thee.
As you think about what you want life to be,
Down the buffet line you will wander with glee:
No need to wait ‘til next year to know change is afoot,
Your clothes can be fitted and feeling so good;
What to do first, you are wondering now?
Instead of first filling your plate without considering how:
Without plate in hand, take a trip ‘round the spread,
Scope out your choices and make a plan in your head;
Choose the once-a-year treats and the special dishes you love,
And the pants you love this year can still fit like a glove;
The table(s) might be filled with abundance to spare,
This doesn’t mean you need to consume it all, even on a dare.
Make a plan to enjoy every morsel you CHOOSE
And don’t fill up so full that it is hard to snooze:
Next on your list? Some activity, too,
So you burn off some extra calories you chew.
Practice good food safety and put food away quickly;
Freeze some of those treats for a portioned treat later so slickly.
Go to those parties with nothing to dread.
This abundance of food doesn’t mean middle age spread,
And don’t concern yourself with peer pressure, guilt, or bad choices
You’re the captain of your own ship and you know what the goal is.
Don’t eat what you don’t want to, don’t miss what you want.
Holiday treats, they come once a year.
Make a decision to choose them and enjoy them with cheer.
Once the party is over, the party foods can stop.
Then outside you go for a walk or a hop.
Remember to balance your food and your groove,
Your body will thank you for every choice and each move.
Don’t forget to take time to care for your heart.
We only get one and it wants you to be smart.
Remember we’re human, we like to have fun.
But just like the new toys under the tree,
We need our “batteries charged” to efficiently run.
So, drink water, move more, eat better and get laughter,
Because isn’t good health something we’re really all after?
As the parties and year wind down to an end,
Remember you’re human and basic needs don’t bend.
Food is more than nutrition, and at parties you’ll see,
That’s the time to enjoy special treats under the tree.
Every day foods can be fun, too.
Especially when you know that it means good health for you.
You’ll hear me exclaim as I drive out of sight,
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Wishing you good health and happiness in the new year!
Don’t forget to talk to your doctor before making big changes to your routine. ❤
Inspired by the lyrics as noted here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/25/twas-the-night-before-christmas_n_801194.html