Sunday, November 24, 2013

I Think I Can... I Know I Can

This week marks the beginning of what, for many, has become a month and a half long celebration. While celebrations are fun and offer a change of pace from the regular day-to-day activities, this time of year has unfortunately turned into a gluttony of food, busy-ness and credit cards with little or no time spent on reflection or simply enjoying the moment. This year, I am determined to have more of the latter.

I know it won't be easy and, at times, I will struggle. The busy-ness will still be there as well as the yummy temptations and family gatherings where everyone else will be enjoying (indulging). But when January comes I want to be filled with happy memories, old and new holiday traditions, a grateful heart, and a healthy body.

While the past three weeks have been hit and miss, something "clicked" in my head a few days ago and I am more committed than ever to take on this challenge. I won't let a moment or hour or day or week of prior poor choices carry over into this next moment. I am choosing to make permanent life-giving changes.

The following is a quote from a blog post I read recently. If you'd like to read the whole post, here is the link:

"The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks and, yes, perhaps for some of us, even overindulge a little. It is important to remember, however, that Thanksgiving is just one meal on one day and is not the start of a month–and–a–half long celebration. The occasional indulgence on the occasional holiday (i.e., the actual day & meal itself) will not be damaging to overall health and well–being if healthy eating and exercising take place on a regular consistent daily basis throughout the rest of the year.
"The holidays are also a time to focus on family and friends — not just food. Catching up and sharing laughs with loved ones will allow you to feel the spirit of the holidays more than a second helping of pie. Allow yourself to celebrate, but do so without throwing all caution to the wind or hurting yourself.  And remember, your body is never not watching!"

I know we can do this!

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