Help! It’s the Holidays!
It’s that time of year again, where holiday parties begin, drinks and treats seem to be everywhere we look, the days are darker and the comfort food is looking better than the gym… so what do we do? If you’re tired of going through this vicious yearly cycle of gaining weight, and feeling out of control when you go to parties, I have just the solution! With these tips, we can learn to quit this behavior while we’re ahead, and focus on being true to ourselves and our healthy lifestyle this season. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay the same or lose weight before the repetitive New Year’s resolution of eating healthy and exercising more comes around? There is no time like the present, and no party can stand in your way!
Make this Christmas about you!
Don’t give in to the pressures of colleagues or family trying to get you to go out to parties or eat just one more serving. This is your life, and you should do whatever suits your needs the most. It is important to live by your own rules because when you feel obligated to do what others want, you may have a lower self-esteem later. Not only might you feel bad about yourself, but that goes with other negative qualities like feeling guilt which can make you give up on yourself, and we don’t want you to do that.
Ask yourself, “is this what I really want to do?” or “what can I skip to have an extra serving of stuffing?” or “are my friends and family going to push me out of their lives for refusing their special cake?”
Think about what will power you to stay strong over the holidays, because feeling an accomplishment is always better than feeling and thinking negatively about the decisions you made.
Let’s be real!
So maybe you have been dying to have a certain dessert that your aunt makes only at Christmas, or you want to have a little more stuffing… Let’s be real, you can’t deprive yourself of everything. Deprivation can lead to bingeing or losing control later, so let’s come up with a solution on how to have our cake, and feel like we’ve earned it too.
There are so many ways to avoid feeling guilty for having what you want, I just think it has to be earned. If you know something will be there you cannot resist, plan ahead. Make sure you eat light all day or even all week, make sure you stay on track. Plan to load up on veggies at dinner just to save for the special pie later. Or how about skipping a certain food altogether? Skip the cheese or bread that sometimes sits out before the dinner. Munch on the fruits and veggies, drink lots of water or even better, PLAN to exercise earlier that day, or walk it off later that night. I suggest getting the exercise in early in the day because after feeling full or having an alcoholic beverage it’s hard to get motivated. Whatever floats your boat! Just be realistic about what you want during the event. Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now!
So how do we say “no”?
Easy, just say no! Know yourself, and put your needs first. Of course part of the learning process for living a healthier lifestyle includes how to say no, in a more respectful way. This isn’t showing that you are selfish, but that you are self-caring, and that you show dedication and want to stick to your word for your own reasons.
Sometimes the people serving you can really push food at you, which can make it difficult, but just be the stronger person, and stick to what you want most. If you don’t feel uncomfortable saying no, than that is all that should matter. If you say yes to please others, you’re only going to go down a slippery path of self-sabotage. I know this from personal experience, and the best thing to do is to stick to your plan, and walk away feeling great and more confident than you did before.
Let’s be stress-free, and enjoy!
Let’s be honest, there are worse things in life than having one or two nights where we splurge a little… If you’re serious about your food choices, you will be seriously focused when you go. Whether you pack your own light cheese, like Babybel’s or exercise before parties, or you stay away from the alcohol table altogether that’s your choice. It takes a while to learn a new behavior but every little healthier choice helps. If you happen to indulge in a few too many treats, or too many drinks, just use this acronym that I have learned from Weight Watchers. BAM!!! Breathe, accept, and move on! Just pick up where you left off at your next meal, or next snack, and get back to it! Let’s enjoy the holidays, there is no need to stress, life happens, but you ultimately choose your destiny!
Above all, don’t lose sight of the true meaning of the holidays! Enjoy the company of family and friends, not just the food!