Let me introduce my dog Zoe. When asked, “Are you hungry?” Zoe makes us laugh as she jumps and jives to do the hungry dance. (Visualize the running back after he runs 60 yards to make a touchdown and shows how happy he is.)
Sometimes I think we all do the hungry dance during the December food-fest. We enjoy the smell of breads and salivate at the sight of the special cakes and cookies. It’s natural – faster heartbeat, some shakes and wiggles, maybe even a little two-step.
But those seasonal treats present us with a double-edged sword: yummy foods plus added weight. Two edges: treats and health. Or is “treats” vs “health” a game of balance?
To help us enjoy the season AND stay in good health, Golden Goalies offers an annual challenge. It might not be the easiest time of year to lose weight, so we have decided to focus on maintaining our weight. That’s a life with balance.
Here’s how our compromise works. You weigh in on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 18), eat sensibly for seven enticing weeks and weigh in on the Saturday after New Year’s Day (January 6). If your weight after New Year’s is the same as or less than your pre-Thanksgiving weight, you’re successful.
Usually, we have many members succeed at the challenge. We pick five random eligible Goalies, and each one selected gets a $5 token. Oh well, it’s enough to buy a day-old pecan pie – or not.
Not a Goalie yet? Set your own goal or your own timetable for the weight-maintenance challenge. Focusing on December 1 to January 2 might work well for you.
Join us as we celebrate with our Goalie friends. It’s almost as much fun to see your friends win as it is to win a fiver yourself – almost.
Give us a try on Saturday. You’ll find support, motivation, shared wisdom and some good laughs. Weigh-in is Saturday from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. in Room A-8, near the Cottonwood Library. The meeting starts after weigh-in. Contact Rita at 895-2559 for more information.