I know it is still early for the Holidays, but every year around this time I start feeling anxious about the Holidays. This year might be even worse since my job is in trouble, I might not have one by the end of the year, my poor old mom is showing too many signs of slowing down, which I know is normal, but it is hard to watch her memory going and needing more help with everyday things. My body is slow enough and my memory is awful sometimes, this just adds to the anxiety. I started the Southbeach diet months ago, and even though I have not lost the kind of weight that I should have, the Holidays will totally blow that diet away. I have tried so hard to stay away from carbs and sugar, but it is impossible around the Holidays. I would like to for once "enjoy" my food, but my weight keeps reminding me that I have to Southbeach for the rest of my life, which I hate. This diet is way too restrictive for the Holidays, LOL. Also, I just can't afford Christmas this year, I have a very small family, so I don't really have to spend much, but the expectation is there. Maybe I am feeling this way because I have been flaring for a while, feeling extra achey, headaches, such bad fatigue that I am irritable, moody, and I just don't want the Holidays around. I wish there was a way I can "thrwart" the Holidays, pretend they are not coming up, pretend it doesn't bother me that I am alone again this year. Am I sounding pathetic? I probably do, but honestly, I just want to crawl in a hole and stay there until mid January, LOL. If any of you out there hate the Holidays, and I do realize that not everyone does, but for those who do, how do you deal with them? I find Christmas, Thanksgiving and even Halloween annoying and draining. Just had to vent a little. Hugs, Chelz.