I read something interesting awhile back that came to me today while I was walking. It has been proven that people who share a meal, like each other better than others. That was also told to me by a Human Resources manager in one of my old jobs. That is why company's tend to throw food out for holidays and big project achievement celebrations, it promotes harmony in the masses. And if you think about it, it makes a great deal of sense. Because let's be honest, tell me you don't have a close set fo friend whom you always have big, elaborate meals with, or whom when you want to have a little get together,it doesn't usually wind up in a restaurant. And even more, tell me that during the Holiday Season, you don't find yourself in get togethers with friends, family, and a huge spread of food. Food permeates our society in every form and fashion, bringing us all together to enjoy a meal with our friends and loved ones. I have experienced this on a conscious level for the last week. My first instinct was fight fight fight! But the reality is, it is hard to just walk away from all that without touching it at all. I am pretty sure I have done a pretty good job in limiting my indulgences. But at this point, I am switching my mind set to be responsible, but enjoy some of the food. Small losses at this time of year are as big of a victory as huge losses in October. I know to some this may sound like rationalizing, and that is fair to assume. But frankly, I am so much more responsible this year than I have been in years past. Given what I have been faced with so far, I would have easily put on ten pounds by this time last year!! I am not exaggerating at all! So I suspect at minimum when I weigh in on Friday to see a two or three pound loss. I am good with that. Heck if I maintain, I am probably going to be ok with that. I have had good times with family and good friends, and my focus has switched more to enjoying those people than how much can I cram down my gullet. I think that alone is a huge accomplishment.