CindySays: Come up with a game plan for the holidays
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thinking about it yet? The new year, I mean.
Like many of us living in a push-come-to-shove kind of world, you may be experiencing that odd tug-of-war where overindulgence collides with commitment. In fact, if you're running on empty, the last three months of the year just may push you over the edge.
Over-served, over-extended and dreading the onslaught of the holidays, you look ahead and make a flimsy attempt at maintaining your health, but you can feel the willpower evaporating.
What's the problem?
During the holidays, we tend to adopt an "all or nothing" mentality. Someone recently told me, "I started junking it up at Halloween, which threw me into stress eating at Thanksgiving and decided there was no sense trying to clean it up for Christmas."
Yes, it happens. You fall off the wagon by devouring those mini candy bars your children dragged in; they (the candy bars) seemed so innocent. Next thing you know, you're scavenging in the bottom of their treat bag for stray candy corn and half-eaten gumballs. There you have it -- permission to ditch all efforts, gobble up a pumpkin pie with a side order of guilt. Yummy!
It's a battle
The last quarter of the year is a challenge for most of us. Sure, a few motivated souls exist and refuse to break. They pass on parties, seconds and leftovers. But for the rest of us less motivated, a shift in perspective just may be in order. A revamped attitude and the ability to set a few boundaries go a long way to limiting the amount of self-imposed health damage. While some may seem too easy to be effective, these are often the things that can make the most difference.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.