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My Cyber Soul Sister at Keeping it Real invited me to do a guest post as part of her Share the Love Exchange. I decided to “keep it real” with some cold, hard, holiday
truths tips to keep us accountable through the holidays.
We have taken the first steps on the road to holiday fun…my favorite time of year as it is for many! However, as the holiday season begins do you ever wonder if this year is “the year” that you should do things a bit differently? This time each year, I take a good look at what I’ve done in the past and wonder if a repeat performance makes sense or if it’s time to revamp. When you have done things one way, it can be difficult to break free and do things differently. Is this hesitancy because we hang onto what’s most familiar whether it makes sense or not?
In order to help us get through the holidays while staying on a healthy path, I’ve created a handy little list:
- Don’t be a Humo-Vac. The holidays aren’t a golden ticket to eat all the things you wouldn’t normally eat during the year.
- Do stick to your normal diet as much as possible. Routine is your friend. The more often you stick with it the less damaging it will be when you have limited options beyond your control.
- Don’t attend a holiday gathering on an empty stomach. Not only will you will be making poor choices before your coat is hung in the hall closet, but any alcohol you partake in will slam you harder than a screen door in a windstorm.
- Do wear something flattering, yet fitted. Why? Because we all know when you are dressed in sweat pants you automatically go into Humo-Vac mode, have lower self-esteem which leads to Humo-Vac mode, and you give up on your life goals, which leads to Humo-Vac Turbo mode.
- Don’t wear something too fitted just in case you end up overindulging. You do not want to look like you hit the Baby Gap sale by the end of the party.
- Do mingle lots, drink in hand, away from the food table.
- Don’t sidle up to the food table and spend hours grazing while pretending to follow Aunt Ethel’s diatribe of the latest visit to Dr. Wykowski who is always in such a hurry, he just rushes his patients through with no consideration for their schedules. After all, they could’ve used another hour in the waiting room to compare surgery scars.
- Do start thinking of your resolution for the new year so you keep it front and center during the holidays. You might surprise yourself and find you begin to subconsciously incorporate it already.
- Don’t use your resolution as an excuse to go into Humo-Vac mode since you vow to hit the gym every morning at five am starting January 2.
For most people, resolutions and life changing promises surface for New Year’s Eve, the end of one year and the beginning of another. The New Year has always brought with it the anticipation of a new beginning and all its promises. For me it is a time of self-reflection and renewed enthusiasm. I like to say I am not afraid of change, and given a good look at my many moves most people would say that’s true. I believe I am one to embrace change, but if I’m being honest I have to admit there are aspects of my life where I don’t know when to call it a day and make a change. Does the comforting feeling of what we know override the unknown? Or is it just that we tend to see what we want to see in order to justify our actions? Maybe we are so hopeful of the ending we see in our minds, that we ignore the signs right before our eyes.
I challenge us this holiday season to keep our eyes open to our unhealthy habits. Let’s try to do things differently this year and feel ready to take on 2013 with vigor instead of a sluggishly crawl into the new year and the local gym. Leave the Humo-Vac in the closet! After all, a little
dust diet never hurt anyone during the holidays.
Are you a Humo-vac during the Holidays? Do you eat everything in sight? Or, are you headed into 2013 with enthusiasm for all aspects of life?