Preceding the holidays, I often hear folks say, "The best I can hope for is to maintain my weight, but I expect I will put on a few pounds." I also hear plenty of: "In January, that's when I'll really shift into high gear," which usually doesn't happen due to one of a zillion reasons.
This is what I like to call Planned Failure, and it has an outstanding success rate (and by that I mean that you are likely to succeed in failing by sabotaging your health).
The intention you set ahead of the holiday season has a tremendous impact on your behavior. Giving yourself a free pass to ditch your health and wellness goals for a cheap and fast pleasure has a impact that lasts well beyond December.
On the other hand, spending the month compulsively weighing yourself several times a day and depriving yourself of any special treat is no way to enjoy the holiday, either.
Is there a happy medium? You bet there is:
1. Set a healthful intention--not one that's tied to the scale, but one that is tied to your health and wellness. Honor your body by making a health commitment, the more specific the better: Commit to exercise 3 or 4 times a week, to eat vegetables at lunch and dinner, to walk every morning, etc.
2. Be a food snob! There are tons of cheap, artificially colored treats flying around every office and party. Choose to indulge only in the really special treats.
3. Remember, it's a holiDAY, not a holiWEEK or a holiMONTH. There's no reason to eat a giant slice of frosted Christmas cake at 3pm in the office break room on December 7th. Save the indulgences for special gatherings.
4. Focus on the real reason for this season, which, believe it or not, is not food.
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