The holidays are finally upon us, which means deliciousness is everywhere! On top of those tasty goodies, this time of year piles on all of the usual chaos that makes it tough to stick with your workout routines. As someone who typically succumbs to temptation, I created a list of encouraging statements to refer to when I’m having a particularly difficult time saying no to a third helping of turkey and mashed potatoes or a third martini, or whatever:
- Eh, what the hell, I’ve got six months to wear bulky sweaters and pants with elastic waists;
- Who else is supposed to eat all of this food? My kids hated it;
- Live a little! This is what the holidays are all about;
- I just shopped for five hours and have almost nothing to show for it. I need a freaking nap; and
- I’ll run that off tomorrow, after I sleep off my hangover.
Not the list you were expecting? Rest assured, you will find many healthier-minded lists from people who know what they’re talking about. Me, I vacillate between being health-conscious and indulgent, feeling put-together and wondering where the hell I put my running shoes. Probably not your best role-model for healthy living. Honestly though, I believe we should try our best to stick to our healthy eating habits and exercise as regularly as life will allow. But I will not beat myself up over enjoying an extra helping or a piece of pie I might not normally consume. And I would much rather take a quick snooze with my three-year-old (who will only too soon grow out of the napping stage) than try to squeeze in a 20 minute run before she wakes up. But that’s just me. I admire all of you who stick to your guns, because sticking to your guns works best for you. You rock!
But you know what, so do I. I rock because I’m okay being a bit naughty while knowing I will push myself harder in my next workout. I will eventually go back to eating some semi-nutritious meals after the holidays are over. It’s all about balance for me. As rickety as that beam may be and as often as I may stumble and fall off, I always, always get back on and try to do the right thing. And I’m okay with that. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Don’t be afraid to indulge a little.