Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to Stay Fit AND Enjoy the Holidays

Here are some words of advice from on of your fearless leaders, Molly.

The holidays are fabulous.  The holidays are also crazy, and they often totally derail our normal routines and lifestyles.  Infrequent drinkers are suddenly throwin’ them back every-other night at cocktail parties, very strict eaters are enjoying Grandma’s pumpkin pie and egg nog, and the most dedicated exercisers are hitting the snooze button in the morning or driving past the gym on their way to another event.   It’s enough to drive a person crazy.  So what’s your mental state heading into Thanksgiving?  Are you panicked?  Are you scared that you’re going to enjoy the food and the time off from exercise so much that you won’t ever go back to your current regime?  If so, I want to assure you that you can stop worrying today and start enjoying the holidays.  It’s true, the food is good, but is any of it anything you couldn’t get during the rest of the year?  Is any of it anything that you need to gorge yourself on because you won’t see it for another year?  And even if you do spiral down into a gluttonous frenzy for the next month, do you think that any weight you do gain will be on you forever?  A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, right?  Wrong.  Any weight you put on from eating more and exercising less will fall right off you once you get back to your routine after the New Year, and believe me, you WILL get back to your routine.  Eating right and exercising have become integral parts of your life.  They have become part of who you are.   You need to hear what I’m saying, though.  I am not saying you should go completely bonkers for the next month and forget all dietary “rules” and sit on the couch 24/7, but I am suggesting that you try and let go a little bit.  Hang on to your core healthy values, but be willing to let the boundaries bleed a bit.  Lose the guilt, lose the body-hating thoughts.  Don’t hop on the scale every day, don’t spend angst-filled minutes examining every angle in the mirror, and don’t tell everyone you talk to how lazy you’ve been.  Just enjoy.  The holidays are too short.  Life is too short.  Be happy with the healthy habits you’ve established today, enjoy going off the reservation a bit over the holidays, and be confident in knowing that you WILL return to your regularly scheduled life in a few short weeks.   This is not a permission slip to go crazy, it is a permission slip to do what you were going to do anyway and feel okay about it. 

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