I’ve read a lot of posts over the Thanksgiving weekend and on in to this week. So much so that I felt the need to hold off on posting a new blog until I could really say something.
You see, I’ve been where so many people are today. The holiday season becomes such an obstacle for people who struggle with food. They tend to lose all sight of their personal goals and simply exist through the holiday season almost as if they have no control over the outcome. Phhhfffttt.
Having a work function one day, a group of friends celebrating another day, a holiday party on the weekend, not to mention the blended family chaos that comes for some of us. Kids can’t be here then so we will celebrate again with them, etc. These all turn in to excuses to forget your commitment to self.
It’s so easy to get caught up and just throw in the towel at the first tiny set-back. That little set-back snowballs out of control and becomes the obstacle. The daily effort now becomes a huge mental hurdle so the average or uncommitted person will say “well the damage is going to be horrible so just forget it until the new year”.
First off, don’t allow your small set-back to grow. Isolate the incident, remember your goals and keep yourself on the clean rails the remainder of the day.
Secondly, remember that it truly is ok to say no, whether its to a drink, an appetizer, a fancy schmancy dinner or that tin full of goodness someone dropped off at your desk. Live this season guilt free. You didn’t ask for that tin of goodies, so don’t feel guilty for putting it in the break room at work, just do it.
I’m not saying you should go without a treat or two. There is a huge difference between a treat or two and throwing in towel for the whole holiday season.
It is much easier to stay conscious of where you are and what your goals are than it is to back slide and then be faced with re-digging the whole you’ve already cleared.
Stay the course and don’t let a set-back become your obstacle!