Time to call out the yearly tradition of goal setting and high expectations only to be consumed by the never ending, goal defeating, devouring jaws of daily habitual patterns that re-enter our lives and keep us on the same track we began. You would think that this ritual of hopes and dreams beginning on January 1st, would wake people up and say, “wow, it hasn’t worked the last 20 years, why do I think this is going to be different this year?” I am quite aware that my remarks might make some people uncomfortable, shaking their bed of self affirmations that allow them the opportunity to treat the Holiday Season as that “Self Reward” for a long and demanding year, and providing us a chance to “lay down our guard” on our diet and health needs. Sound about right?
Let me just stop you before you disappoint yourself for another year, since 98% of resolutions become broken within 3 months, so I would like to ask you a couple questions: How important are these goals you are thinking of? I can believe you answered “very important!” So, if they are that important to you, why does it have to wait until January 1st? A truly important goal would begin here and now, not waiting another minute in your life. Don’t you think that if you were able to stick to your plan over probably the most difficult time of year to maintain a clean eating plan, that this would prove to you that this time, it’s different. This time, you are serious. You just developed the mental muscles to stick to a goal while the rest of the world is over-indulging in unhealthy foods, unhealthy levels of alcohol, and a anything else put in front of them.
By no means is this going to be easy for me either. All I can believe is that I have built some mental strength, and rather than focusing on the next party, my only focus will be what is right in front of me at the moment. Trust me, I have every plan to enjoy some of the foods that I associate with the Holidays, but there is a big gap between small amounts here and there, and daily over consumption.
Which ever of the two choices you decide to make, I want to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. My greatest wish is that we all try to slow down, be good to one another, have a giving heart, and don’t forget to take care of your health.