Well, we made it through the first phase of the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but, I’m still feeling the effects of the sugar cookies, pies, stuffing and turkey! Yes, I know, I write about staying on a healthy diet, but, what can I say? I’m a sucker for all the yummy things!
I do know that it’s hard to think about eating healthy this time of year. With work, and running from one store to another, fighting crowds, not finding what you want, getting frustrated with parking and customer service, who wants to go home and cook? It’s okay, you can head to the nearest fast food place for a burger or try out that new ice cream concoction! YES, you do NEED a break, right? Sure, it’s Christmas. It’s okay to indulge a little. Life is short after-all. It’s not like one double burger with bacon, large order of fries, topped off with a large mint mocha shake is going to hurt just this once! As long as it is “just this once”!
Too often when we fall off the healthy wagon, we forget to hop back on. When you DO (notice I said DO and not IF), fall off the wagon, don’t roll down into that pit of despair and start thinking you’ve blown everything you’ve been working for all year. Remember, tomorrow is another day. Don’t feel guilty about what you ate yesterday. Guilt will trigger you to eat that large pizza or extra box of chocolates. Don’t let that happen! You have worked to hard for where you are now. Take a deep breath and continue on your path to healthy eating. Believe me, you will be fine!
I must say, for me, over-indulging did serve a purpose. I can’t even look at a cookie right now! Yesterday, I pulled my stationary bike out of the closet and pedaled for half an hour. Maybe that isn’t much to some of you die-hards, but, for me, it was a huge work-out! Today, the weather is warmer, I’m planning on taking my dogs for a walk. The main thing is not to give up on yourself. Now go look in the mirror and give that person a smile. You got this!