We have survived Halloween and Thanksgiving, only Christmas and New Years to go.
Did your Thanksgiving Day turn into a Thanksgiving 4 day weekend like mine? There was a ton of good traditional Thanksgiving food: turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing. Then there were the Thanksgiving desserts… ever had chocolate pecan pie? I love my grandmothers homemade pecan pie, but this chocolate pecan pie from CrackerBarrel is sinful. Then there was the requisite 4 layer dessert that my boyfriend’s sister-in-law makes every year. It’s delicious, and a once a year treat. So had to have it, can’t wait an entire year to have it again.
Then there was the spaghetti, the margherita pizza, the mcdonalds, the almonds and pretzels from the gas station we finally found that had an open gas pump (but still had a 20 minute long line for the bathroom… holding it for 5 hours isn’t all that fun).
So I didn’t eat all that great this weekend.
But you know what? Today is a new day. As of today there are only 2 holidays left this holiday season, and still plenty of time to end the year lighter than you started it.
And here’s my 4 step plan for enjoying the rest of the holiday season:
1. Don’t stress. About anything. Not eating, not working out, or the lack thereof. No stress about gifts to purchase. No stress. Know how you do that?
2. Plan, but allow some wiggle room.
2a. Find a calendar. Write down all the gatherings, parties, get togethers you have for December. Then if the day is empty, write in a workout. Be specific. 30 minute walk, 3 mile run, Zumba etc. If it’s on the calendar it’s more likely to get done.
2b. Write down everyone you want/need to buy something for. Then write things you think they’d like. Narrow it down. Done.
3. Eat healthy on the days you don’t have a party/get together etc. Then you can afford to splurge a bit on those days. And you won’t feel guilty for doing so which equals less stress.
4. Give yourself permission to not workout on a day you’ve planned IF (and it’s a big IF) you need some time to recharge. Don’t force yourself on a 10 mile run if you’re falling asleep at 6pm on the couch. Go to bed, and you will feel recharged in the morning.
We are usually so focused on others this time of year, we sometimes need to give ourselves permission to take time for ourselves. If you’re not good at giving yourself permission, consider this post me giving you permission. Just tell yourself iheartkiwis said so!