For most of my life I dreaded the holidays. Well, I actually dreaded the month of January when I realized what I’d done over the holidays to my body. I followed the popular cycle of binging through the holidays and then trying to lose it in January. It really didn’t work that well, and I usually fell into Valentine’s Day depressed and binging on chocolate just to get through. I’d start the next holiday season at least 5 pounds heavier than I had the previous one. I lied to myself all through the holidays that I was enjoying myself. I’d rarely exercise, make lots of sweets and eat most of them myself and binge at parties and meals. It was a non-stop sugar and fat fest, and I did it religiously. And, I tortured myself even further in January by having to join Weight Watchers and start furiously exercising to undo the damage. When I look at pictures of myself over the years during the holidays, I can remember how fat and tired and discouraged I felt. It was not fun.
I lied to myself. So, the liar and the victim were the same person. Gratefully, when I hunkered down and did the work on my internal hurts, habits and hang-ups, the desire to eat like that left me. I’m not going to say once and for all because I don’t know what the future holds. But, I know that I haven’t had to diet in the last 5 or so years. My weight has stabilized. The holidays are now a few days out of the year where I take time to enjoy family and friends and the reason for the season. My splurges now are going to nice places to see Christmas lights and listening to lovely music. I have no guilt and nothing to be sorry for by my birthday in January. In fact, I feel better than ever after the season is over. And, I have plenty of treats along the way.
My coach Jessica has come up with a plan to give me some additional incentive this year. She’s hosting her first annual Reindeer Games with a virtual option. She lives in Tulsa now, so she has a local clientele. But, she’s also offering a virtual option leveraging social media. What I love about Jessica’s coaching style is she looks at health holistically. The idea of the games is to give points for healthy behaviors. So, she’s giving points for trying new recipes, working out and sharing with others. At the end of the Games, she’ll give out cool prizes like gift cards and even free training. I think it’s a great idea, and I’m definitely in this year. My knee is bothering me, and I’m considering giving up running like I do because I’m sick of being injured. I need something to get me started looking at other options, and this sounds like a great idea. Click here for more information and to register.
Oh, and if you think that the holidays are all about helping others, you can do that, too. Jessica is a bright, young entrepreneur trying to get on her feet. Your contribution will go to a great cause. Her passion is helping people get healthy and live happier, fuller lives. Give the gift of health to yourself and your family this holiday season. It’s only $20 or the price of half-decent dinner. But, hoof it, Reindeer. It starts Monday!