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Holiday clothes

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.
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HAZELFRUIT 11/1/2013 6:39PM

    One of my issues for the holidays is stress eating and rushed fast food/processed food from letting things go til the last minute. Thanks for the reminder about this. I'm going to put some thought into reasonably holiday behavior! Oh yeah and no in-laws at my house this year :)

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JB7OUT 11/1/2013 6:00PM

    AMEN SISTER!
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WHYNOTJ1 11/1/2013 8:07AM

    Thank you for a pep-talk on a day I needed it.

I get anxious about the holidays. My birthday (which also makes me uncomfortable) happens right before Thanksgiving. In addition I'll have a week's vacation from day job in mid-December, followed by a 2-week shutdown at my Y that messes up my exercise routines just as the weather here begins to get too bad for outdoor walking. Then there are those sneaky temptations that pop up all over the office all month long, along with various holiday get-togethers. Talk about a 2-month minefield!

Over the years, I've been working hard to banishemotional "bad juju" from unpleasant history, and I've been succeeding at it. I've gotten much better at making good choices and planning ahead, but I know historically that this is the time of year that I struggle most with my weight. I've fallen off the diet-wagon big-time before over the holidays, so I need to work this out.

This will be my first holiday season with SparkPeople and SparkFriends, so I think that will be a big help!

I don't have any holiday clothes at least! Maybe for my Christmas wish, I'll ask for a "Happy New Rear" LOL!


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KAREN608 10/31/2013 8:12PM

    I have never heard of holiday clothes two sizes bigger. I just keep tracking and I think part of people's problems is that there are too many parties to tempt them, work, several family things, friends, and even the bank sets out cookies. For the last few years I did better in Nov/Dec as my guard is up. Maybe I need to remember to have my guard up all the time!

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COOKIE_AT_51 10/31/2013 7:09PM

    emoticon I have been preparing clothes to give to charity too!

Good plan Tink!

Cookie

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WILDKAT781 10/31/2013 7:08PM

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