It occurred to me on Friday, October 25th, that Christmas is just 2 months away. WOW. That means that Halloween is just around the corner and right on it’s tails are (American) Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. And you know what that means: drinks, treats and missed workouts. Of course, it doesn’t have to mean this, but it often means indulging in festive foods and foregoing workouts here and there. I’m here today to be that voice that reminds you not to throw it all away in the next few months.
You might be one of those people who sticks to their workout plan and says no to all alcoholic drinks and sugar-laden treats, and if so, GOOD FOR YOU! Truly! …and this post might not be for you. But for those of us who either indulge more over these next few months or use it as an excuse to go way overboard, I’m speaking to you. As you know, I’ve been off all processed sugars and foods, including alcohol and coffee, for the past 22 days or so. I’m excited for once my Holiday Hustle officially ends and I’m “allowed” to have some extra goodies, but I certainly don’t want to undo the good I’ve done my body – both inside and out – over the past month! I’ve been deliberate with everything I’ve put in my mouth, been mindful about what I’ve chosen to eat and not eat and am ready to reintroduce some “fun foods” despite knowing how good my body feels without them right now. In other words, I WILL have some candy corn on Halloween,
some frozen yogurt once or twice
and a glass of wine to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in December! However, if you’ve been consistent with your workouts and eating mindfully, you don’t want to lose it all by “letting it go” and reassuring yourself that you’ll “start in January.” Sure, it may only be a few pounds, but I want to remind you of a few truths BEFORE Halloween and the onslaught of leftover candy, baked goods and spiced ciders start to hit you home:
- You can’t out-train a bad diet, period. Don’t believe me? Check out this video and be hit with the truth of how EASY it is to eat more than you burn off. We tend to overestimate how much we burn and underestimate how much we’re ingesting.
- Whatever you choose to do, remember that you are choosing to form habits. It may only be for 2 months before you get “back on track,” but either way you are creating habits during those 2 months of either being mindful about your choices or not thinking about them. You’re either choosing sleep or lazy days over squeezing movement in the midst of family- and fun-filled days or choosing to say yes to “one more drink” or another cookie rather than choosing moderation. What habits do you want to come out with 2 months later?
- Be 100% behind every decision you make. Don’t feel pressured to try your aunt’s cake or have another beer if you really don’t want it. If you’re going to have a piece of pumpkin pie, enjoy it! Let it hit your lips and savor every bite, and when you don’t want it anymore or you’ve ceased to enjoy the rest of it, let it go and be done. If you feel like working out or going for a fall run, get out and do it and enjoy the movement! If we focus on enjoying our food and not feeling guilty afterwards, we’re more likely to not overindulge.
- More mindfulness when it comes to situational eating by a woman who seems to have mastered the balance of enjoying life (and food!) while being so in control and aware of what she puts into her body, Jill Coleman.
These articles are great reminders for me as I prepare to go away to Boston on Tuesday (wahoo! Will post the whys and whats while we’re there!) and a.) won’t be weighing myself, b.) will be finishing my Holiday Hustle plan while there and c.) will for sure find myself in different situations where I could have a glass of wine or eat some chowder “just because I’m in Boston.” Great reminders on the eve of a trip.
I leave you with a shot from snowy Calgary today – I think winter’s finally here!
Grateful for a beautiful, warm fall (and a perfect fall solo run Friday evening) and maybe, just maybe, ready for a bit of skiing. 😉 Live well & be well, friends!