Over the last month, I’ve heard some variation of the phrase “I didn’t have a choice,” in regards to food about 7,290,261 times. Intelligent men and women with big health and fitness goals (including weight loss goals) are sitting down with me to recount with regret the horrors of cheesy, greasy, sugary, starchy holiday feasting…
I was at a party, so I didn’t have a choice.
I was out to dinner with friends, so I didn’t have a choice.
Someone gifted it to me, so I didn’t have a choice.
I was traveling, so I didn’t have a choice.
[ ____________________ ] is a family tradition, so I didn’t have a choice.
The beauty of being an adult human who is not in captivity is that we always have choices. The trick is whether you choose to use your choice.
You can choose to eat a big green salad before going to a party, so you’ve gotten some vegetables into your diet.
You can choose to split an indulgent meal out instead of eating the whole thing (because eating half of a cheesy, greasy, sugary, starchy thing is always a better choice than eating all of it)
You can choose to say “Thank you!” for the food gift and not eat it.
In the days before and after “feast” days, you can choose to plan, order and make nutritious meals loaded with vegetables and healthy proteins to make a little room for indulgences.
Or you can say “fuck it,” and eat whatever the hell you choose.
But you alone own your choices and the consequences or benefits they produce.
My clients lean on me all year, but this time of year in particular, as their own personal Jiminy Cricket, chirping away in their ear to remind them to take accountability, own their choices, and to keep the goal in sight. If you need support in making choices—or simply OWNING your choices—please be in touch!
And click on if you need reminders on how to eat at a buffet, how to get around over-indulging in those office breakroom treats, and generally how to enjoy the holiday season and make progress toward health and fitness goals).