The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.  Unknown

What are your plans for the weekend, girlfriend? Whatever your plans, with or without family, with or without holiday celebrations, we hope you’re gearing up for a great few days.

The Faux Diet Queen is planning a festive celebration. As she gets ready for her weekend, she has some (surprisingly logical) thoughts about eating during a holiday weekend.

It’s a holiday weekend. I know this because:

a)      The calendar says so
b)      I am baking up a storm
c)      We’re getting ready to go visit family
d)      My diet plans are laughing so hard they are shaking the entire kitchen.

Here’s the thing about holidays. For the most part, they involve food. In fact, they generally involve Really Good Food That You Don’t Get at Any Other Time of The Year.

There are plenty of people who have tried to tell me that there isn’t really any reason that Kit-Kats should taste better when they come out of a Trick-or-Treat bag, that I don’t need to indulge just because the calendar has fallen on a certain day. (Yeah, that makes me laugh pretty hard too. Everyone knows that there is something special about Halloween Candy.)

People have tried to convince me that there is no reason NOT to make Special New Year Appetizers in the middle of the summer. Leaving aside the question of whether or not the ingredients are available, I can’t figure out why they don’t understand that Special New Year Appetizers are meant to be eaten on New Year not the Fourth of July.

Nutritionists tell me there is no reason to dive headlong into holiday meals and eat like I haven’t been fed for a month. I have tried to explain that 1—that’s what holidays are for, and 2—it would offend whoever cooked if I didn’t eat Like I Meant It.

So whether you are celebrating Easter, or Passover, or the Start of Spring, or the Weekend, or any other occasion, let me share with you my Philosophy on Eating for the Holidays, Parts I, II, and III.

Go For It!

That’s Part I. Did you get all that? Want me to repeat it?

Go For It!

Ready for Part II?

Have Seconds! Of Everything. Including Dessert.

Part III

The thing about holidays is that they involve food, family, friends, celebration, and tradition. For many of us, the holiday just isn’t “right” without Grandma’s Homemade Apple Torte, or Matzoh Ball soup, or Chocolate Eggs.

So Enjoy. Celebrate the holiday the way you want to. Make the holiday meaningful. Make the visiting enjoyable.

It’s hard to know where we’ll be a year from now. But it’s easy to know that we can pick up the diet on Monday morning without having lost too much ground.

Besides, I firmly believe that foods eaten in celebration have no calories whatsoever. Please pass me a second third helping of Grandma’s Apple Torte.

The Faux Diet Queen is a Girlfriend and a Half, trying to find her Skinny Self. When she is not recording her weight loss journey from the bottom of a bag of chocolate chips, she is constantly on the search for ways to improve the trip back to her smaller jeans. This holiday weekend you can find her stuffing herself with wonderful food and rationalizing away all the calories.

Girlfriendology / Debba here: We love our girlfriends no matter what size jeans they wear or what the scales tell them if they’re brave enough to get on them. (Something I personally avoid like the plague.) But, we also want our girlfriends to be around and healthy for a long time. We’re sharing this journey that our girlfriend, FDQ (the FAB Faux Diet Queen) because it’s what girlfriends do – we go through life and diet together (and shoe shopping, and highs and lows …). Join us on her journey to fitness and good health. We’re excited for her to motivate and inspire us all!