I am sitting here on December 28th, three days after Christmas, about 5 lbs heavier than I was at the beginning of December thinking to myself why does this always happen? The holidays come around and I have goals of maintaining my weight and physique but it never seems to happen that way. Everyone comes and goes and I spend the first 2 weeks of the new year feeling bad for myself because I have to work just a little harder than I wanted to in order to get rid of the weight.
Well, this year is going to be different. I am going to forgive myself for overindulging and move on. How am I going to do that?
Here are my 4 tips to forgiving yourself and getting things back to normal.
Guess what? It is your fault that you gained the weight, it is not the holidays or the cookies fault, it is simply yours. The sooner you can recognize that the sooner you will be able to make progress. Take a look at yourself in the mirror, own what you see, and move on to step 2.
Make a plan for success. Make your plan as detailed as possible. For some of us we can stop eating cookies and drinking eggnog and the fat will start to disappear. For others, it may be more difficult including 5 extra reps and few more minutes on the stair stepper but you can do it. Write it down in your phone and make sure you set reminders each day to stay focused on your goals.
Did you miss a workout last week? Don’t be hard on yourself. Move on. Make sure to get an even better work out of tomorrow. Oh, and don’t even think about eating that cookie!
Two weeks in to your routine and your body will be saying “give me a cookie damn it”. Don't fall into that trap. You ate a lot of sugar this holiday season and that stuff is addicting. Understand the process your body is going through and forgive yourself for those wants and needs. We ALL have cravings, why should you feel bad about yours?
Learn From It
Failure is the key to success. We have heard it over and over again. You have to fail to learn. Before the holidays start next year, have a plan. Are you going to eat 2 cookies a day instead of 6? Will you let yourself have whatever you want with the expectation you will work it off in the new year? Whatever your plan might be make sure you stick with it and execute the plan to the best of your ability.
Happy New Year!
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