The holidays. What a nice time of year for spending time with family and friends. As most of us do, we spend our time celebrating with many overindulgences. Lots to buy, lots to drink and definitely lots to eat. If you’re like me, this pattern typically starts in October and goes through November and December. The comforting thought of cakes, cookies, pies, chocolates, candies, the list goes on and on, and the eating goes on and on. By the end (or in the middle), I’m completely irritable and ready for the season to be over so I can get back on track with being a normal human again.
This year is no different, I’ve fallen back into the same pattern and I can’t seem to get out. I feel frustrated with myself because I know I’m eating the wrong thing, I know how bad I’ll feel, but it keeps going down the hatch. I start my day with the positive attitude of not eating junk, but I have a little of this, then a little of that and by the end of the day, I’ve eaten a piece of every “treat” in our house. I tell myself that I’ll workout more to “help” counter the garbage, but I remember Melissa Hartwig’s quote, “You cannot out-excersise” poor food choices and the resulting hormonal disruption”. Which is motivating and discouraging at the same time because I feel like I’m just playing catch-up ALL THE TIME. This is not in-line with my goals and not a pattern I’d like to stick with.
So what do I do? Should I wait until the January Whole30 for a reset? Do I do a mini reset to get me through December? I’ve decided I have to just take it one day at a time. I need to just make decisions meal by meal, treat by treat. Yes, this sounds exhausting. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but it’s what I need to do for myself. If I get through a full Whole30 before January, great. If I get through a mini-reset, that’s great too. If I get through ONE DAMN DAY, that’s success. I know that I just need to start somewhere, because nowhere and doing nothing, isn’t the answer for me.
Are you, or do you struggle through this season too?