Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!
How’s your week been? Mine is flying by…too quickly, in fact – I thought yesterday was Thursday! I walked out for my 1 pm client expecting my usual Tues/Thurs client and not my Wed client – it threw me a bit but I recovered okay. 😉 I’m excited for Thursday night to come because it’s Thanksgiving! We are planning on enjoying our annual celebration for the night with good friends who are Canadian/American split and I’m so glad we’re in town for it again this year! Our friends are incredible cooks and I am contributing just a bit to the dinner table and can’t wait for the taste, the celebration, the friendship and fellowship, the community that this meal and time of year represents. Speaking of, there are many tips out there this time of the year for ways to NOT indulge, to “curb your cravings,” to balance out your fitness with fun foods, etc and I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts. Personally, I think Amber from GoKaleo sums it up best as far as my own thoughts on my approach:
My super simple guide to surviving the Holidays: 1. Go about your life as usual. Eat how you usually eat. Exercise how you normally exercise. Sleep how you normally sleep. 2. On the Holidays, celebrate with your loved ones. Enjoy the food that has been lovingly prepared, without guilt or shame. Eat what you want, and savor it. The end.
I also love this video from the great duo that is Fitness Blender and their balanced approach (and jokes and wine pouring at the end in their bloopers…):
If you took time to watch the video, and taking Amber’s words in the mix too, you’ll find that my approach is simple: enjoy the season. Enjoy the food, eat only what you love, don’t feel guilty over it, keep drinking water, move when you can and don’t worry about it. One day of enjoyment (and not “damage” – too negative to think of it that way!) will not alter your body just like one day of a solid workout and perfect nutrition will change it either.
It’s so interesting how our culture revolves around food. It’s a huge part of traveling (You hear Italy? You think pasta! pizza! red wine! Germany? Beer! Greece? Mediterranean goodness!) and a big part of our get together’s. I used to think this was too bad, but after thinking about it a bit, I can see it as a good thing. Food brings us together and community so often happens around that. What happens in isolation, even when it comes to eating? Normally negative things. People binge eat, or hide food or sometimes don’t eat at all. When we are together, enjoying people and community and deep relationships, we don’t fight for food, we don’t hoard it, we don’t worry about it. We enjoy it with one another! And that’s a good thing!
This article by Precision Nutrition also reinforces the idea that food should be more than fuel. It’s not just about making us leaner or bulking us up, or about giving us enough for our next workout. Check it out if you have a chance for a thoughtful read. If you are worried about going overboard, even after all that, my encouragement to you is to remember that you don’t need to go full blast, you don’t need to eat an entire pie, you don’t need to eat until you’re stuffed to the brim. Sometimes we feel the need to go crazy on these holidays with food because it only comes once a year, but enjoy it for what it’s worth and then move on. 🙂
Speaking of moving on…I am ready to move! No, not homes or locations (although I feel open to God directing us anywhere!), but to move out into the wilderness and camp there for a bit. I am itching for an adventure. I know we’re traveling soon, and I cannot WAIT to be with my family, but my soul is longing for the mountains. To explore, to push through fatigue, to accomplish something with a team (or Mikey, my ultimate teammate), to get some good use of my gear. This video is just fueling my fire and my passion for the company Patagonia. I love the sustainability route they continuing to walk down and was inspired by this video (about 30 min long, but worth a watch if you have the time to check it out!):
And where are we traveling soon? To California! We are south-bound this Friday for my cousin Tim’s wedding down in Santa Cruz, one of my favorite beach towns for what’s sure to be a great family celebration. A trip so close to Christmas is a fun event, and helps chunk up the long, full weeks leading up to that break. I can’t wait to get on a plane and head to San Francisco Friday!
Thoughts on how you approach the holiday season food- and fitness-wise? Anyone got any outdoor adventures planned soon? Share with me so I can live vicariously through you until we get out to the mountains! 😉
Have a great rest of your week and Happy Thanksgiving, friends! May you experience, as Paul did, the secret to being content in all things. As he said in Philippians 4:11-13,
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Let’s give thanks not FOR everything but IN every circumstance. Thankful for you guys!
Live well & be well,
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