It’s OK to give yourself some slack this time of year!
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This is the season of busy: parties, kids concerts, gatherings with family and friends, last minute shopping, going to the post office (three times in one day because somebody had to go potty in the middle of it all #notme)
It’s supposed to be a magical happy time, but ends up being the most stressful time.
Don’t forget to give yourself a little slack. You don’t have to be have the most perfectly decorated home, you don’t need to go to all the parties, you don’t need to do anything that doesn’t bring you and your family joy.
Give yourself some slack when it comes to your health and fitness goals as well!
Raise your hand if this sounds familiar….
you lay in bed the night before listing all the things you have to do the next day, you have these grand plans to do your normal workouts, not touch any of the desserts at the party and then when it comes you spend the whole day running round so busy and distracted that you end the day mad at yourself “I really should have go that workout it,” “why did I eat all that crap at the party?”
The worst part, these negative thoughts cause you to go about your next day like you are being punished. You barely eat then you attempt to go extra hard at your workout… and you feel like sh*t.
This is not what the holidays are supposed to be about!
It’s ok to take it easy. Save room for enjoyment
Yes, be mindful of your goals but also recognize that parties are going to happen, with this busy time you are probably going to miss a workout or two.
Instead of having grand intentions of being perfect despite the party and busy day ahead, give yourself permission to miss that workout or replace it with a smaller one. Give yourself permission to have that treat at the party. Doing so intentionally will prevent that feeling of guilt that sends you down spiraling out of control into the other extreme.
That other extreme that happens this time of year? The one where you throw your hands up and say whatever “I’ll start over on January 1st” This doesn’t do you any good either. Remember that a healthy lifestyle affects more than just your waistline. It affects your energy and your mood.
Remember how strong you feel after a good workout and the good mood that comes with it. Carve out some time to get in quick bouts of exercise to achieve those endorphins that come with getting your heart pumping.
Remember how much energy a good balanced meal provides… then ad the treats to that.
Most of all, enjoy your Christmas season.
Enjoy this time with your family.
Enjoy the excitement in your children.