Hope your celebrations this Christmas and Hanukkah Season were amazing times with friends and family. There is so much emphasis and stress we put on ourselves during the holidays from Halloween all the way through to New Years. And by doing so we turn to food, drink or any other vices that get us through.
You may even be at the point you are saying to yourself, “I will just wait for the New Year to begin working on my weight or health.” This is a form of denial and justification. We use the New Year resolution as our starting point because honestly, we want to put off working through our problems as long as we can. We want to stay in our cocoons and stay within our comfort zones.
I want to challenge you to start today. Right this moment. I know that you have the parties and celebrations coming up this weekend. Imagine how confident and empowered you can be if you make the decision today and honor that commitment with yourself. I get excited thinking of this reality for myself. That I can go to any event and decide before hand how I am going to show up for myself.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Why do I want to put it off?
- What are the thoughts and feelings I am experiencing when I think about starting now?
- Why do I think I need to eat (off protocol) and/or drink to have fun?
These are some starting points to really be able to understand what you are making giving up food mean to you. For myself, I looked at food as my comfort and in the form of scarcity. Anytime I would start a plan I automatically felt this need to indulge. The thought I was having about that was that I won’t be able to experience this food again. This was a total lie I was telling myself. I still plan my joy eats when I want. I was making food the priority in life when it should have been my health and true happiness. When I would think about eating better and giving up sugar and flour somewhere in the deepest darkest corners of my mind it meant I wasn’t going to be happy anymore. I no longer believe this story.
I know that you can do this, and you will be more confident and excited if you get your own back and really support the decisions you make for yourself.
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