SOME HOLIDAY REMINDERS TO HELP KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE:
You don’t have to “earn” food. Calories are not like Air Miles, you don’t need to “spend” or exert something in order to earn them. Which means you don’t need to earn that piece of cake or pile of mashed potatoes.
You don’t need to starve yourself all day long to “save” calories for Christmas dinner. Eat when you’re hungry, simple as that. My go-to Christmas breakfast is Mimosas and Ferrero Rocher.
Food and guilt should have zero correlation, though I realize many of us knowingly, or unknowingly, associate the two. (Myself included.) Make the conscious decision to reject all feelings of guilt when it comes to eating and drinking, and instead enjoy your time (and wine) with family and friends.
You don’t need to “burn off” every calorie you eat. Those memes that circulate on Instagram that boast about how many hours you would need to run for, or how many burpees you would need to do in order to burn off the pizza or burger you just ate are ridiculous, and serve no positive purpose. Furthermore, the people who make those deserve coal in their stockings.
A few days or a week of eating poorly or not exercising will NOT derail your months or years worth of progress. Just like 1 workout won’t make you fit, 1 bad meal will not make you fat. This premise applies to several days and several meals.
Yes you’re likely going to feel bloated or “fluffy” after indulging over the holidays. Don’t panic. Just get back on track, continue where you left off, and don’t stress about the scale. Yes, it’s likely going to show that you’ve gained weight. No, that weight is not permanent. No, you haven’t ruined your body or your progress.
A lot of people are going to get engaged on Christmas and NYE. If you’re single (like myself), it can feel a little defeating. Remember that your time will come, you will one day meet someone too, and in the mean time, a really fun game to play is: Pour a drink every time someone announces their engagement on social media. Another fun thing to do is congratulate them, no one likes a Bitter Betty.
Time with family and friends is arguably more important than the gym. So, instead of feeling guilty about missing a workout, feel grateful for the free time you now have to spend with the people you love.
That being said, the holidays can be a stressful time for a lot of people, and sometimes your family can drive you absolutely bonkers. If getting a workout in helps your mental and emotional health, or gives you a much needed hour to yourself, take it. Never feel guilty about doing what is best for your mental health.
If you’re avoiding alcohol during the holiday season, whether it be for the sake of your mental or physical health, some friends or family members may make negative remarks. You know what is best for you, so ignore any outside opinions about the decisions you make regarding your own health.
Seasonal depression doesn’t care about the holidays. So, if you don’t find yourself cheery or excitable during this time of year, that’s okay. Feelings are much like visitors, they come and they go. If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or simply indifferent – that’s okay. Don’t fight it, don’t try to force yourself to feel happy. You don’t have to shoot tinsel out of your bum or sing Christmas carols. Just be. You’re doing the best that you can, and that’s all you need to do.
For some reason being single during the holidays can feel lonely (even if you don’t feel lonely during any other time of the year.) And that’s okay. Yes it would be nice to have someone to do cute Christmas sh*t with. But you will one day. And for now, you save money by not having to buy a significant other a gift. And you can use the money you saved to buy presents for yourself instead. Cha-Ching, you win!
Counting calories on Christmas or throughout the holidays is a surefire way to feel miserable and defeated. You’re likely going to be eating high calorie foods, so instead of tracking them and watching your calories climb through the roof, just enjoy them. (Now, I’m not suggesting you take on this attitude for the next 4 months, but a few days won’t hurt you. So, relax.)
You’re likely going to see family and friends that you haven’t seen in ages. They’re going to ask you a bunch of invasive questions like: How’s school? Where are you working now? Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? Do you have your own place? If you don’t have any exciting updates for them, make them up. Your aunt doesn’t know you dropped out of college? Tell her Astronaut school is going great. (Is Astronaut school a real thing? Who knows.) Your second cousin who’s on his third marriage wants to know if you have a significant other? Feel free to make this part up. Pretend you’re Meghan Markle and tell them you’re dating a member of the royal family. Screw it.
Remember that the start of a new year is not the only time to set goals or resolutions. Set goals all year round, celebrate milestones and accomplishments all year round. You don’t have to wait until a new year, a new month, or a new Monday to begin. Keep this in mind throughout 2018.
Gratitude is a beautiful thing. Be grateful not only during the holidays, but always. Even when things aren’t ideal, with a little perspective, you’ll come to the realization that you have a lot of things (and people) in your life to be grateful for.
If you can’t locate a bottle opener, you can open a bottle of wine with a hammer and a nail. It’s not classy, but it works.
Merry (early) Christmas beautiful people. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you still stuff your face with delicious food, and enjoy your time with loved ones. I’m grateful for so many things in my life, and you all are one of them. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being such a big part of not only my blog, but of my year. I can’t wait to see what comes next for you, for me, for us. Cheers!