Thursday, October 31, 2013
While having a conversation about the upcominmg holidays I learned that a friend of mine has what they refer to as " holiday clothes" not the tradition outfits with silly pictures or sweaters with snowmen. No these are clothes that are at least two sizes bigger than what she normally wears. She said to me that she pulls them out the first of November and then puts them away sometime around March when she has worked her tush back to the normal size. She was stunned to find out that I dont have " holiday clothes". I will let you in on a secret I never intend on having " holiday clothes " either.
There are 2 months left in this year. Those two months contain two days that every one fears. In the 10 months that have past already we have attended all sorts of events from Birthdays to weddings and beyond. For ten months we have stayed in calorie ranges, made decisions , kept up with our fitness. We have challenged ourselves to change our lives and our mindsets. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just holidays they dont have to mean the end of the fitness and well being year. If anything these two days should challenge you to stay in your program. There is no buffet pass here. In order to say you have truly made the change in your life you have to know that you can handle the holiday season.
It is up to each one of us to own our decisions. Come January it was your decision to go off your personal plan and allow yourself to fall backwards. These two months are just excuses that should not be allowed to control us. preparing for a Christmas party is just like going to a birthday party in April. You know it is coming, so go through the steps and prepare for it. And do you really have to attend every gathering. Ask yourself if the party or gathering is worth the stress you will add to your life ? The holidays mean added emotional backage some good some bad, Ask yourself right now before it hits how am I going to deal with these emotions ?
Never make the decision easy by making a back up plan in case you fail. Failure is not an option and by preparing for it you are in essence say it is alright to go off plan. If you have lost 2 sizes then take those clothes out of your closet and get rid of them. Keeping them gives you a safety net that you dont need. We all are strong enough we prove it every day in our normal daily decisions the holidays are really no different. Dont panic just live the life that you want not the one that you are settling for because it easier to do what everyone else is doing. You are better than that I promise.