You were right, GRIT was intense. And I am stilllll sore.
We shall see what happens by the time I get to my next training this weekend….. (like right now it hurts to cough. My abs are so freaking sore).
Embrace the Holiday Season
Well, the most wonderful season is in full swing! And I am loving it!
We kicked it off on Friday by going together to see the Festival of Trees event.
There are thousands of entries-gingerbread houses, small trees, large trees, wreaths, etc. All money (from tickets & the actual items) is donated to the local children’s hospital.
Most of the trees & items are in loving memory of loved ones who lost their lives. Some just have ‘fun’ themes to them.
I had to snap a pic of a realllllyyy pink tree.
It was a festive late afternoon with my incredible man!
We continued on to SLC to see the holiday lights with my husband’s family at Temple Square.
What a festive evening!
We ended with hot soup & cuddles with nieces/nephews.
It is the most wonderful time of the year!
Why then did I used to dislike the holiday season???
Well, simply put: becuase I focused on myself & my needs. Over several holidays I was nervous about the quantity & types of food, I was worried about the parties & gatherings with lots of food (what would I do so no one would see me not eating? what could I do to eat large amounts of that deliciousness w/no one knowing?? etc.), and I was scared about not being able to workout when I wanted to.
Looking back I am totally ashamed to think that was me.
I fretted about the holidays instead of enjoying them!! SAD. SAD. I never want to look back on something & regret it. EVER.
This time of the year should NOT be about focusing on worries about how much weight we should or shouldn’t gain/lose! Ugh. It drives me nuuuuttss that most ‘fitness’ and ‘health’ magazines’ focus for the holidays is on weight loss & highlighting what foods not to eat. Really?!
When we place SO much emphasis on the NOTS & the CANT’S we inevitably end up thinking negatively & forgetting the whole positive, beautiful reason we celebrate the holidays!
Instead, focus on the blessings & what you’re grateful for, and share those with those whom you love & cherish!
I challenge us all to enjoy the holidays with our families, friends, spouses, siblings, kids, etc in beautiful ways.
- Yes, enjoy the special holiday treat.
- Yes, go ahead & skip a workout here and there when you’re real tired & get some extra sleep.
- Yes, count your blessings!
- Yes, keep eating the delicious fruits & veggies.
- Yes, drink lots of water.
- Yes, avoid the guilt & embrace the delicious items at this special item! You are so much more than a cookie! (If you want that special cookie, EAT IT & ENJOY it. It will not be satisfying if you don’t take the time to enjoy it….)
Just don’t go nuts either way. It’s really that simple, friends.
I for one, will eat whatever delicious treats come my way that I deem worthy enough of eating. Anything that isn’t special to me (i.e. regular choc chip cookies or nasty fruit cake) won’t even get a second glance.
Oh, and yep, I’ll be working out for most days, won’t fret when I can’t, and will love on my salads & protein spinach shakes<–this is what my body craves naturally.
Balance & moderation. The ever elusive elixir….
How have YOU kicked off the holiday season?? How are YOU going to embrace the holiday season instead of fretting about it?? How do YOU find balance/moderation in holiday treats?? <–share please, so others can get ideas!