Here we go. Another end of the year coming, another holiday “feasting” season. For many of us, this time triggers an “All or Nothing” approach to our eating and lifestyle. We are either obsessively going to the gym to burn off the extra calories we’re taking in or we throw up our hands and eat one of everything at the holiday-party buffet. There are other alternatives and they all come down to how you think about the holidays.
Tortured? Giving Up? There’s a Better Way. The “all or nothing” thinking I’m referring to goes something like this, ” I ‘cheated’ having those cookies today at lunch. Since I already blew it, I won’t think about what I eat or drink at the party tonight.” Or, it sounds like, “I’ve already ‘been bad’ two days this week, I’ll just give up ’til after the holidays are over.”
Instead, of thinking that our day, week, holiday season is ruined by one item, move on. Get back on track with your next meal, snack or fitness/strength class.
Enjoy! Another way to think about this is, go ahead and enjoy! Remember, there’s a difference between enjoying and going overboard. Give yourself permission to enjoy your favorite holiday treat without the guilt. Savor it, linger over it, relish every nuance on your tongue. Then recognize that the moment is over, it hasn’t “ruined” anything and get on with all of the great habits you’ve been working on establishing all year.
And then there’s after the holiday season. This “all or nothing” pattern can and often does extend throughout the year. It’s a way for us to sabotage the success that we may feel we don’t really deserve. (I’m digging deep with that statement and it requires your own self-reflection, which is beyond the scope of this blog.)
Thinking Balance. Remember, thinking balance in all things, enjoying each moment of the precious little time we have on this earth is what makes life worth living. You don’t have to “punish” yourself for a cookie and you don’t have to give up entirely because you had an extra egg nog.
Your health journey does not stop and start after the holidays are over. Mindset and what we’re thinking about food, fitness and ourselves dictate our success. Maintaining a healthy perspective all year round is the key to a happy, healthy life. Go enjoy the holiday season this year, guilt free, all while thinking “healthy.”
To kick off your holiday season on the right foot, please join us Thanksgiving morning for our 8th annual Turkey Bustin Workout. It’s free, with a suggested donation of $20 to Bean’s Cafe. Start your day energized and thinking clearly about what’s in store this holiday season.
If you are curious about how you can work on the balance that will get you to your healthiest, click here and schedule a 15-minute call with me. We’ll talk about where you are in your health journey and how we can move you to being your best.