We are officially two weeks out from Thanksgiving and definitely heading into the holiday season. I wanted this message to get to you before we got any closer to the holiday because I know what's about to happen. Are you ready for it? Here it is:
You do not have to feel guilty about enjoying yourself with your friends and family over the holiday season.
There. That's it. Simple as that.
You're thinking "okay, so where's the sales pitch about using your fitness program to burn off all the calories I eat so that I don't have to feel guilty?".
No. It doesn't work that way. I don't work that way.
I just really want you to know that in health, moderation is key. Balance is the key to mental, physical and emotional health. Restricting yourself, punishing yourself and feeling guilty for enjoying yourself is not conducive to your health- as much as other fitness professionals might try to make you feel like it is- it is NOT.
Restriction and guilt with regards to food leads to disordered eating habits.
I absolutely encourage people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. I also encourage and equip people to make food choices which coincide with their goals. I help individuals get incredible weight loss results. But I will never shame you for your food choices, I will never make you feel guilty about your lifestyle and I will always hold mental and emotional health with as high standards as I hold physical health. Keep in mind that you don't have to EAT ALL THE FOOD--- this is another extreme which also does not resemble moderation.
Your facebook news feed, pinterest and inbox are about to get flooded with "deals" and offers and promotions and "insights" from gyms and fitness professionals and the people who perpetuate their message(did you see this Halloween 'fitness' meme floating around?). They will try to make you feel guilty and unhealthy for enjoying yourself this holiday season. They will manipulate your emotions and attempt to get you to buy into one of their programs.
I once worked in a gym where they invited you to bring your Thanksgiving leftovers to trash in exchange for a Black Friday workout. How crazy is that? What a waste!
There's a reason why gyms are busy in January and attendance drops off dramatically by March. It's because the January rush is fueled by manipulated emotion and sustainable, realistic habits are not helped to form. Simple as that.
So this holiday season, starting right now, take a step back and look at the big picture. Keep your body moving for all-around general health. Enjoy some treats with your family without feeling guilty about it. The holidays are supposed to be a fun time for you to enjoy. If your goal is weight loss, having a few yummy treats is not going to negate your hard work. Chill the heck out and enjoy yourself.
Join us on Black Friday at 730am for a fun workout for people of all levels and ages. Bring your friends and family and let's celebrate our gratitude for our bodies which do so much for us on a daily basis.
As always, I am here for you if you have any questions.
Have an amazing holiday season. You deserve it.
PS. I talk a little more about the concept of moderation and mental and physical health in this 5 minute documentary called Strength Stories.