It is the holiday season and it’s time to get your game face on. Everywhere you look you see cookies, fudge, mashed potatoes, pie and more.
They are calling your name! And you know what? You don’t have to answer. Really, you don’t.
If you’ve been on plan for a while, you’ve come so far, my friend. Why sabotage yourself now? This goal is important and you have invested time and money into staying on track.
If you’re just starting out and want to get through the Holidays without gaining the extra holiday pounds and avoid the ill effects of junky eating: “Good on you Mate!” as Pearl and Serene would say.
Yes, it can be done.
You may be thinking, “How? It’s so hard to resist all those treats and holiday comfort food...they’re everywhere!”
Be encouraged! Not only is it possible to enjoy Trim Healthy holidays, but it’s much more doable than you think.
I am giving you my top POWERFUL tips, not just to get through the holidays, but to SLAY the holidays and find yourself gaining ground instead of losing ground.
Successful weight loss starts with your mind. You can try to change your circumstances all day long, but that is only sustainable for as long as your willpower will hold out.
We think we need willpower to make changes, but science tells us that willpower only works in the short-term. Like if you’re at a party, willpower might help you avoid all the fatty foods on the buffet, but it may not be available down the line when it’s time for dessert.
Plus, you make decisions about your eating, your lifestyle all day long, especially during the holidays. By the end of the day, your decision-making skills totally decline - It’s why we often start out the day on track but slide by the end of the day. Changing your thinking will get you off that decision fatigue train and right back on track.
Lasting changes start with right thinking. How do I change my stinking thinking about myself, my body, and losing weight?
It starts with learning to manage your mind. Not an easy task but a powerful tool. Managing your mind starts with AWARENESS of what you are actually thinking in each moment.
Your thoughts may be sabotaging you and you probably aren’t even aware of it. They’re so automatic, we often aren’t aware that they’re happening.
Or maybe you do know it but you have no idea what to do about it. Change starts with observing your thoughts around food and the holidays and then choosing your thoughts about it.
Lose the all or nothing mindset! Here are some all or nothing thoughts-
“If I’m only eating out one less time this week, then what’s the point of even trying?”
“One less soda isn’t going to do anything?”
“How is switching from sugar to on plan sweetener going to help?”
“I can’t spend all my time in the kitchen preparing, it just won’t work for me.”
This mindset slams the door on progress. Every little victory counts. Remember, it is progress and not perfection. It is about sustainability, not setting ourselves up for failure.
Commit to staying on Plan throughout this season and what that looks like for you. Maybe you’re not 100% on plan, maybe you’re 50% or maybe your commitment is no off-plan desserts. Start where you are and what is sustainable for you.
The key to staying committed is to…. Remember your why! How important is keeping your blood sugar balanced, reducing inflammation and feeding your body whole foods so that you can lose weight and feel great? The most significant predictor of whether we will stick to our plan is if we feel we need to stick with it. Once the need is gone- we are too.
If you're planning to spend your holidays away from your own home, call your host ahead of time and ask what's on the menu. Most of the time when eating out or away from home, it is easier to choose low carb meals/Satisfying meals. Prepare an on plan main or side dish and bring it to share.
If you do decide to deviate from your plan, don’t let shame and guilt have a voice. Nothing ever productive comes from a place of shame and guilt. Forgive yourself, shake it and recall your WHY. You have a new opportunity to get back on it in 3 hours. Don’t let one off-plan meal keep you from your goals.