All my life I heard the worst time to diet is during the holidays. Have you ever thought of this and asked yourself, why?
This year I did because so many people I know that really work on their weight, health and staying fit say it. I ponder this question because truthfully it doesn't bother me never has really.
Let me explain. Before I made the decision to lose weight for good to get healthy and fight my diabetes I ate all the time. Holidays were no different except I had holiday food surrounding me at my Mom's and just like any other time I ate it without thinking.
When I found out I was diabetic I lost 13 pounds through the holidays and my doctor at the time couldn't believe it. He said to me “this is amazing that you lost weight during the holidays usually people gain”.
So the mentality is when a holiday comes around and your own doctor expects you to gain weight its okay? No it isn't! Why would you do this to yourself? Yes, holidays are special, but its not because of the food. Its because of being with family. Change your thinking before regrets pop in your head after the holidays because you gained 7 pounds and now your discouraged. How is this worth it? How can you say that is what you wanted out of your holiday? I am sure it isn't, but you knew that going in to it because you knew it was the “acceptable” thing to do.
Remember a holiday is 1 day! Thanksgiving is over you had your time eating delicious turkey, stuffing and homemade deserts. If you had any left over, you should have thrown it out. Why put the heavy calories in your body another day or another after that?? Don't treat your body like a trash can because you only get 1 in this lifetime. Treat it nicely.
Christmas is coming just remember its 1 day, not the whole month of December! If you have parties you go too, then eat before you go and don't worry about what the person holding the party will say to you when you turn their cake and cookies down. Its YOUR body no one else has to bear the burden of it whether you take care of your body and eat right most of the time, overweight or have a chronic health condition. Don't sacrifice yourself for someone else's expectations.
What about you? How are you handling the holiday is it 1 day or all month?
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