I’ve had the worst time getting a thought out correctly today…here goes yet another attempt. 🙂
First side of the story is this: I’m saddened by people who are beating themselves up on their weight loss blogs for eating things “off plan”, seeing a slight gain or maintaining or not finding time to get in the exercise like they normally would.
Folks, it’s a busy time of year. From extra baking, parties, gift purchasing, wrapping and even mailing, programs, the list goes on. For some, weight loss takes a back seat. If you have a slight gain or a maintaining type of backseat, then I think it’s fine.
Don’t beat yourself up for not living up to your normal standards of weight loss when you are so busy. It’s not worth it to be stressed out over your weight during a wonderful time of year as this. Please, just keep in the back of your mind that you want to keep working on getting healthier and enjoy the season! As soon as the holidays are over you’ll have plenty of time to get back into motion with the weight loss goals.
The other side of the story: For me I’m finally “getting it”. My desires as to what I want during the holidays have changed greatly and I rejoice in this fact. I’ve had one too many high calorie days this week already, but I am still journaling all I eat.
I’d still like to see a small loss during December and I think I might. I’m enjoying baking, parties and the like, but I’m also making time for exercise at least three days a week.
Last year I think I all but gave up on exercise during Christmastime. I just didn’t make time for it. This year I feel so much better getting that exercise in that I really am trying to do it when my time allows. Walking into the gym during December is a great feeling – like, “Yea, I’m trying to stay healthy during Christmastime!!”
To sum it up, let me say this… Yes, I’m working on trying to continue my good choices, tracking my food and the like, during the holidays, but if you aren’t that’s okay. I won’t think any less of you if you indulge and quit exercising right now. I may blog about how good I feel about my different attitudes this holiday season, but if it’s not your way lately that’s fine.
We each have our journeys and I hope you don’t lose the joy this season brings because you’re too busy comparing yourself to others. It’s not worth it. Please just keep your chin up and we’ll enjoy hearing about your holidays and what your plans are for getting back on track after the holidays are over.
Thanks for the encouragement!
Thanks for the encouraging words for one who continues top struggle, and not just in this season (fyi, I don't even celebrate Christmas). But thanks for understanding and good for you for trying your best to make healthy choices.
Very good words! I definitely can't imagine trying to lose during the holidays. I just want to keep the gain to 3-4 lbs max and hope it comes off very, very quickly!
Oh Leah! You nailed this one on the head! This is so me! I told myself that I wouldn’t fret over this time of year and enjoy it. But having put on a few lbs I feel so discouraged. I haven’t been enjoying the season as much as I probably should because I’m thinking about food. I am constantly comparing myself to others and how well they’re doing. Basically everything you said. I know that I’m not going to eat like this forever, it’s just a speed bump.
I’m so happy that you’re so committed during this time of year…it’s so hard! And I really hope you see a loss this month!
Thanks for a great reality check!
P.S. Sorry for the book! 😉