The eating season has officially begun. Whether you made it through Halloween sans candy or awoke on Sunday in a chocolate-smeared haze, how you go about the next couple months can really make an impact on your mental and physical health for the rest of this year.
Many times, people sort of give up now and have the date of January 1st already in their mind as the next time to really get on track. The problem with that is that it is so easy to give in every single day (60 of them) to the “Oh, I’ll make it my New Year’s Resolution to diet”, or “I’m too busy to take care of myself right now”. There are a lot of treats out there between gingerbread lattes, pumpkin scones, office candy, office parties, etc… If you eat a treat every day and consume an extra 400 calories (2 cookies, not hard to imagine), but slack off on the exercise – that is an extra 24,000 calories over the 2 months, or an equivalent of about a 6.5 pound weight gain. And then we all know how hard it is to try to put that machine into 180 degree reverse right on January 1st, and then how everybody is so miserable at having to “diet” again.
How about doing it different this year and planning ahead a little bit? For me, I love eggnog lattes. Heck, I just love eggnog. (One thing about me, when I love something, it’s always one of the most calorie dense items out there 😯 )
My plan is to let myself have 2 of them in a coffeeshop this season. That’s what I did last year and it worked really well. What that does is make the eggnog latte really mean something instead of just having one (or 2 or 10!) on a whim. The rest of the time will be my standard lattes.
I also am going to make sure that I keep my exercise schedule. Don’t ever be afraid or feel guilty about putting yourself first. In order to get through one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year, you need to be at the top of your game, and that means doing for yourself what makes you strong and healthy. Happy you = happy family.
Let yourself have some indulgences, but keep them in control. It’s okay to have some treats, but really ask yourself if you need them every day (or multiple times a day). Is that the definition of a treat? Treats or indulgences are supposed to be special, not common place.
You can also think about treating yourself in nonfood ways. How about some ‘me’ time with a manicure or pedicure? Or a quiet couple of hours at the library, or just some meditation?
So instead of freaking out about the rest of the year, take some time today and make a plan for yourself and how you are going to handle the situations that come up through the holidays. You don’t have to be 100% perfect to be successful.
Do you have a plan set up for the holidays?