Greetings from sunny Florida! It is that time of the year that most will celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and then the New Year! It is a celebratory time for some and the worst time of the year for others.
Most people will say at some point, “If I get through the Holidays I will see what happens” I am not a writer, otherwise I could write a great article on the holiday season. I am a personal trainer and a fitness buff. This is my area of expertise and this is why you come to my website. So instead of lamenting over all the holiday highs and lows, I will point out the most obvious in my world as a trainer what the Holiday season brings to me as a professional. It is a time for food, parties, food, parties and oh, did I say food and parties? Doesn’t take much to realize that no matter how hard we worked to stay in shape all year- food and parties will add weight on anyone. In a hurry. I am not immune to this. So for me, as one who sets an example to others, I have to sit back and think about it like this, “am I just going to eat whatever, party whenever and gain however many extra pounds of fat my body will gain, then pretend like I am supposed to be a shining example for all of you to stay healthy and not gain a pound?” Well believe me, the thought crosses my mind every year. I normally do allow myself some leeway and I let myself gain a few lbs. till New Year’s then I work like crazy to get it all off by spring. Typically I am in great shape right up until Christmas and then I break for a week. Well not this year. I already put it on and it’s only the week after Thanksgiving. I have added 5 lbs. of what I see as pure fat. I cannot tout 18” biceps (nor would I want to) but I definitely am not a male person and putting on weight does not make me look better like some guys can get away with. Five lbs. on me is 5 lbs. of fat and it sits right around my normally chiseled mid-section and makes my jeans tighter and I do not feel good at all. So besides this article being kind of a confession, and instead of me coming up with all the reasons I gained weight (ultimately it comes down to me- I put too much junk food in my mouth. No one did it for me. I did it all by myself.) And here I sit, belly to show for it.
Soooooo this brings up the million dollar question- what will my diet be during the holidays?
This is what I did 2 weeks ago. Through Facebook a friend and I started a 30 day challenge group of about 30 people desiring to stay in shape though New Year’s. We are all to hold eachother accountable for 30 days. I am not in it to win it (nor can I because it’s my challenge group) but I am in it to lead, and I lead by example. So when I go to parties and make poor choices, guess what? How can I lead a group of people trying their hardest to go to parties and make great choices? How can I sit here gaining weight and eating Christmas cookies and telling everyone else, “don’t touch those cookies?” I put myself through the test. And I must come out victorious because I am trying to set the precedent here. So without going into all the holiday hoopla- cheer or sadness, let’s all try to keep it under control this season. Ultimately it does nothing for you but make you feel bad and mostly unhealthier inside. It cannot be good for us. I would rather spend my holiday season being healthy, happy and joyful and bringing joy to others who may or may not have joy around them. I cannot do it if I am busy stuffing may face with anything that comes my way leaving your house so stuffed I can barely move. Yes I love your home baked cookies- you have no idea how much, but this season I need to stay away from them and admire them with my eyes and not my mouth. Make me smile with your words, friendship and love. Not your baked goods. I will have a free day on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but up until then it will be business as usual in my house. Eat right, plan my meals and workout. I will celebrate the joys of the season with love and many people, but please don’t ask me to eat the food. It’s a temptation I do not want to say no to, but this year I have decided I will. I am leading a group who needs this kind of rigidity in their life right now. So let’s get rolling and have a healthy, happy holiday season! Coach Wendy