Fear Takes a Holiday
Before I started slimming down and living healthier through Meal Plan Map, I hated holidays because they forced me to work harder to meet my editorial deadlines.
Now I fear time away from work because it forces me to survive days of unstructured eating!
I know as I change my behaviors of eating, exercising and coping I will be more confident in my ability to have fun without acting like the proverbial kid in a candy shop when faced with back yard barbecues and foods by the tableful!
For the first time in I don’t know how long, I have made it through a holiday – Independence Day – without feeling like I blew my diet.
If you slipped or nosedived, let go of the guilt with my 3 tips for surviving holiday binge blues.
- Know that no one is perfect. Sure, that extra slice of pie and that third burger ruined your diet … but only FOR THE DAY. Who says you can’t pick yourself up and start fresh?
- Talk about it and take action! There’s no better way to release your guilt than to open up and admit you strayed. Facebook or phone a friend. You are not a loser. Just by being here you are a WINNER. You are someone who is taking the steps to improve their life and their health.
- Know it takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound. If you added up all your goodies – including the drinks – you will see that you possibly gained a single pound over the holidays. The rest is bloat from those salty snacks. It will go away by drinking your water. Your body naturally burns somewhere around 2,000 calories a day to keep functioning properly. So, you’d have had to gobble 5,500 calories to gain a pound in a binge day. And I bet you might have burned a few hundred calories playing picnic games with your friends and family.
Feel better? I hope so.
We’re in this for the long haul, not just the holidays or summer season. There will be slips along the way, but your goal should be a healthier lifestyle that you follow 95% of the time.
We spent a lifetime developing the bad habits that led us to being overweight. We won’t break them overnight, nor will we lose all our weight in a single day or week.
The next 3-day holiday is Labor Day – and that’s not until September – so relax and enjoy your summer!
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.