Ya know, I really wasn’t going to do anything related to holidays tips or surviving the holidays …
But my DMs keep stacking up with questions about what to do this week.
So I guess I’ll acquiesce.
I don’t know about you, but our festivities start tomorrow.
Mel and I are doing Thanksgiving with her family on Wednesday and then Thanksgiving with my family on Thursday.
It’s not the norm for us but it actually works out well because we are both close with our families. So, it’s nice to be able to double dip instead of having to divide and conquer.
It also means an added day of being off our normal routine.
Then on Saturday, we’re doing a Friendsgiving of sorts.
So yeah, it’s going to be a week of eating and drinking more than usual.
Even still … it’s 3 days out of a 7 day week. If we simply stay dialed in on the other 4 days, we’ll be totally fine.
That’s the main thing with avoiding holiday weight gain …
Just don’t allow a one meal thing turn into an all week thing.
If you overindulge your face off on Thanksgiving … great … enjoy it.
Just don’t carry that over into Friday, then Saturday, then Sunday … and find yourself feeling like a hot mess on Monday.
Zoom out and look at the big picture.
The same concept applies to any divergence from your normal routine. If you simply zoom out and look at the big picture … it’ll tell you the real story.
For example, if you go on vacation for a week and feel like you ruined all of your progress … zoom out.
What’s 1 week in the grand scheme of things?
It only matters if you allow it to carry over into an extended period of fuck-it-ville.
Most of this can be resolved by simply removing yourself from the all or nothing cycle.
The people that overreact to a holiday meal or a vacation or a social event … are the ones who live in the all or nothing mindset.
You have to break out of that if you want to be successful.
First, identify it. Second, ask yourself how it’s serving you. Third, come up with a game plan that forces you to live in the middle.
If you want to expedite that entire process … hire a coach.
The last thing I’ll leave you with is this …
There’s a quick mental hack that I started using years ago and it worked really well.
I shared it and a bunch of people still reference it and message me with how useful it is.
My best hack for surviving the holidays …
Here’s the hack …
When forced with a decision like … “Hey, do you want another drink?” “Do you want some more pumpkin pie?” “Can I offer you some cookies?”
Before you respond … take a minute and ask yourself … is this a FUCK YES?!
If not, it’s a fuck no.
Hope this helps.