I want to encourage you to change your mindset this holiday season. Normally, you approach the holidays with the same mindset that you may have all year around, which is to exercise, eat good, and get results. Although we don’t always do that all year around, that is normally the mindset. So, what happens when we take that mindset into the holidays? One simple, easy answer – FAILURE!
If you approach the holiday season with the normal mindset of exercise and nutrition you may be in trouble. See, the holiday season is filled with lots of events, which means crazy schedules, which also means lots of times when you eat bad and when you don’t exercise. It’s the holidays and life is crazy, so what most people do during this time, instead of eating good and exercising, is they throw in the towel. They think, well I have all this going on, I’ll just quit until January. And then they start January further back than they want to be and have to work off the damage. So, looking at that scenario, the normal mindset fails us during the holiday season. We can’t change what goes on during the holidays, so we just quit and try to pick it back up later.
Change your mindset this year. Change your mindset to “breaking even” this year. How do you break even? Very simple – still go to the parties and live the craziness that the holidays bring, but instead of quitting because you know you can’t get ahead, simply exercise and eat good on the days that you can. Don’t miss out on anything the holidays bring! Eat the holiday treats and go to Christmas parties and so on. But instead of continuing to do bad between these activities (like you would if you threw in the towel), do good between them.
DON’T QUIT EXERCISING DURING THE HOLIDAYS. Most people quit, because they think that if they can’t eat good and can’t get in all of their workouts, then they might as well quit. THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME OF THE YEAR TO BE EXERCISING! You are going to eat bad, so if you quit exercising, then you are eating bad AND not exercising, but if you eat bad and exercise, then you will at least be combating the bad eating and you will not be as far off after the holidays.
Relate this holiday season to what you normally do during the holidays. Not what you want to do the other 11 months of the year. So, if the norm is failure, then breaking even is a success! This takes the pressure off. And, it should remove all of the guilt you may have with all of the bad eating.
Have a great holiday season and enjoy everything! (trust me, I will! I will probably eat more than all of you combined. But I will also be doing a lot of running and working out!)
Creator of the JFITnation and the 21 Day Fat Blast