Let’s face it- the holidays can be hard. Sure, sure- they’re also a great chance to see family, get some time off work, and (maybe) score that handbag you’ve been eyeing, but, like everything else, they can be super stressful- especially if you’re a woman. I love my husband and have to hand it to him for pitching in more this year, but somehow the bulk of planning, organizing, shopping, and everything else seems to fall on the lady in the relationship. Truthfully, I’m a control freak so I don’t really mind, but I’m ready to completely unwind by the time Christmas Eve arrives.
So, here’s my challenge and plea to you- do not make the holidays you versus food. I get it. The holidays are filled with sugar, booze, and everything else we’re told not to eat. That’s why we get to hear delightful phrases like this-
“I was so bad today. I ate 4 cookies!”
“Oh man, I’m going to need to run for an hour tomorrow to burn this off!”
“After this, I’m going to have to go on a diet for a month!”
Ladies, I’m begging you to stop. Eating during the holidays- even if it’s more than you usually do- does not make you bad, irresponsible, lazy, or whatever adjective you’d like to throw in there. (For the record, eating at any time doesn’t make you any of those things either.) You are also completely allowed to skip your workout class, sleep in, and roll around on the couch for four days. It’s totally your prerogative!
Now, I’m not saying that you should feel obligated to drink the cocktail, eat the dessert, or skip the workout class. If that’s what makes you feel good, then do it! Personally, I’ve always loved going to my Pure Barre class on Christmas Eve morning because it gives me energy for the day and decreases my anxiety. But does the fact I can’t do it this year mean I’ll be skipping the desserts or chastising myself for eating the cinnamon roll. Hell no!
If you’re like me, it can be hard to give yourself a break ever. That’s something I’m working on in all areas of my life, but especially this time of year! There are so many more important things happening during the holiday time from making memories with your kids (or cats) to cherishing another Christmas with a grandparent to learning a family recipe that worrying about your caloric intake shouldn’t even be on your radar.
So, please, let’s all promise to enjoy the holiday, give ourselves a break, and live in the moment. And eat the damn cookie!