Happy Thanksgiving: 3 tips to handling the aftermath
It's a few days after Thanksgiving, and for those of us on a fitness plan who may have had a bit more than they meant to, a day of guilt and confession. I'm writing this to tell them it is going to be alright. I had my fair share of mac n cheese too, trust me. Normally I'd write about how to avoid mom's pumpkin pie, hold yourself accountable, and to stay in the gym, but what about the aftermath? What If you feel like you failed yourself over the holidays? What to do then? Read on.
1.) Look at the Big Picture
So remember when you started that fitness plan a year ago? or a month ago? Think about the holiday before that. I'm sure you are doing better than you were then. It's important to stick to our goals, but it's even MORE important to make sure we can sustain them. Remember the big picture. If you've eaten super healthy, stuck to the gym, and felt good 4 months prior to this, This won't destroy all of your results, unless you let it. There is a bright side to everything, and their is no gain to beating yourself up after the fact. Every situation is an opportunity to build a better relationship with yourself.
2.) Don't think in black and white
This is more of a what not to do, but It's super important, so I included it. Ever have a cheat meal, turn into a cheat day? or a cheat day, turn into a cheat week? I know I have. This type of thing is usually caused by black and white thinking. There is so much in between your goals besides "did I do it, or did I not do it?" This is unfortunately the way we are taught to look at things in our hypercompetitive environment. It's helpful in the olympics or in a job interview, not so much after a cheat meal. Don't let one slip up justify another, because the procrastination WILL inevitably take over, and then it's turned into a deeper issue.
3.) Love yourself unconditionally
You are your very own best friend AND your own worst enemy. It's important to remember this. When we slip up, it's easy to let the critic take over. The critic is helpful before the slip up. If you've already ruminated over the slip up and figured out the next step, he's pretty useless. Listen to the positive side of things. You should ALWAYS have a baseline of feeling awesome about yourself, even when you feel you are a work in progress, because everyone is, and truthfully you always will be. Give yourself the love you deserve.
Growth is the key to maintaining your happiness, don't let anything ever stop you, Have a happy, healthy day!