It’s another cold day here on Long Island, with a wind chill putting the temperature feel at a little under 20 degrees Fahrenheit. With a few clients out sick today, I actually have a ‘free’ day. That being said, it certainly wasn’t wasted: I did my weekly Facebook LIVE video for my Permanent Weight Loss Community, and we talked about how to lose weight without having a proper support system. It’s what I talked about with you in yesterday’s message, so if you’re interested in viewing that video, please click here:
Anyhow, today I want to talk about something I’ve seen EVERY, SINGLE, YEAR that I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry. Between now (12/14) and the end of each year, so many people punt their health and weight loss goals until after the New Year. As you can imagine, this often leads to weight gain and a severe setback in both physical conditioning and physical performance over the course of a little over two weeks.
The main thought process behind this foregoing of regular health practices is the, ‘I’ve busted my tail this year, and I deserve to indulge in the cookies and the egg nog that the holiday season has to offer!’ mentality. This line of thinking has been ingrained in many of us (myself included) since we were kids by our families, our friends, our schools, and our work environments. It’s what everyone else is doing, and since we’re just sheep, we’re supposed to follow along and do the same things that everyone else is, right?
I want to dissect the ‘I deserve it’ mentality – Both for this time of year, as well as for just in general. Many folks act this way on weekends, for instance: They’ll stick to their discipline Monday-Thursday, but the second the work day ends on Friday, all bets are off until the following Monday morning.
What I never understood is that the people that do this are taking one step forward and two steps back on a weekly basis! The even crazier thing is that there are people out there who actually expect to see results by following this idiotic cycle of personal negligence and self-sabotage! Rationally speaking, how in the f@#k can one come to that conclusion if they’re using just a basic shrivel of common sense?!
When it comes to the holidays, I want to preface what I’m about to say by stating that I’m not discounting how much you do on a daily basis. Whether you’re a parent, a busy professional, or (more than likely) a combination of both, I get that your time is limited, and that you work hard. That being said, by going into this time of year with the mentality that ‘I deserve to eat and drink whatever comes my way!,’ you’re rewarding all the progress you’ve made with a purge of personal apathy and self-sabotage. This undoes any progress you’ve made prior to this point, and is NOT a cognitive pattern you want to have going forward!
Let’s be real: It’s not just a single act during the holidays – It’s a series of repeated acts that leads to unwanted weight gain between now and the first of the year. And for what: Mama’s gingerbread cookies covered in frosting, which, if you took just two minutes, you could find a healthy recipe for online? Or egg nog, which, let’s be honest, isn’t even that good anyway?! Give me a break!!
The holiday spirit isn’t about eating crap and drinking crud. It’s about being around family and friends. It’s about giving – Both to your loved ones, and to those that are less fortunate. It’s about reflecting on both your wins and your losses from this past year, and planning how you’re going to make things better in the New Year.
The whole association we make to poor food and beverage options is a lifetime’s worth of marketing directed at the ‘average’ person. But you’re not average, are you? You’re different! You’re making healthy lifestyle changes that require a certain level of discipline and focus. You’re not going to let old habits and peer pressure sucker you into squandering all the good you’ve done as of late, are you?
Didn’t think so. ‘Til tomorrow!
P.S. I’d mentioned yesterday that I’m going to be releasing my Holiday Recipe Guide by tomorrow, 12/15. Sadly, this has been delayed until this coming Monday, 12/18, due to an OVERWHELMING demand for recipes on various holiday favorites!
If you’re interested in getting a FREE copy once the Holiday Recipe Guide is ready, simply go to www.weightlossbypete.com/holidayrecipeguide, and register to get your’s once it becomes available.