The holidays are an amazing time of the year. Most people look forward to the end of the year because of the warmth and love the season brings. I don’t know if it’s because of all the memories from when we were kids. It could also be that the whole family got together. Many family members came from different cities for the special occasion. The whole family was complete. The fact is that it is a special time to get together and smile
On the other hand
Ever since I remember, the holidays have been times of guilt, of counting calories, of working out to burn extra calories, of jokes and now even memes that start since Halloween. Growing up, I heard these comments even more than Christmas Carroll’s: “I ate too much”, “I ate like a pig”, “I’m not going to eat from tomorrow until the end of the month”, “And tomorrow we need to continue eating”, “I’ll be on a diet starting tomorrow”, “I don’t even want to get on the scale”, “I’m going to um-bottom my zipper”, “I shouldn’t be eating this, I’ll gain weight”, among many others. It’s sad how even such an amazing time of the year can be negative because almost everyone is talking about dieting after it’s over. It has not even happened yet and you’re already worrying about it
This year will be different
- I will enjoy every bite with joy, not guilt
- I will know every piece of food I eat is nourishing my body
- I won’t count calories
- I won’t walk 10 miles on the day of Christmas because I have to do it, I’ll do it if I want to, but because I want to, not because I have to
- It will be OK if I decide to be lazy and snuggle with my son, watching Christmas movies, while we drink hot chocolate
- It is fine if I eat the delicious leftovers on the next day
- I will not say, mention or suggest that I’ve eaten too much or that I’ll gain weight because of how much I’ve eaten
- I will be in peace with my eating decisions
- I will go to sleep thankful for having the opportunity to go to sleep without feeling hungry
- I will know I’ll be giving my son the best example, so he doesn’t repeat the cycle
- I will not satanize food, food is not my enemy, it keeps me alive.
- I will keep in mind that my body is perfect and it will use the extra calories in the best way possible
Life will go on…
Let’s be honest, if you restrict certain foods, like those delicious chocolates, guess what? That’s everything you’ll be thinking about. And when you eat them, you will not just eat a little bit to satisfy yourself, you’ll probably finish the whole bag. Just listen to your body, your body is amazing!
Furthermore, don’t put so much stress in January, as long as you go back to your regular routine, you’ll be fine. Besides, if you say “I’ll do it on 2019”, you probably don’t mean it, most likely, is a mix of guilt and momentum talking for you. Read my article about how it takes 21 days to Create a New Habit
Finally, the Holidays will pass, then winter will pass, and in no time, it will be Christmas day again. I’ve probably spent 25 Christmases worrying about this same topic, but I’m determined to make a change, I refuse to ruin this beautiful day with my negative thoughts about food.
I’ll leave you now with a quote I read the other day “If tomorrow women decided to love their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.” Come on, let’s change the world by loving ourselves!