Surviving the Bermuda Triangle of Weight Loss
A friend said we are approaching the Bermuda Triangle of Weight loss (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) and asked everyone what their choices/plans are for the season. The choices she posed: put weight loss goals aside and just “forget it”, try to maintain the loss you have already achieved or keep focused as you press forward and continue to lose not letting the holidays detour your journey.
With only a couple of exceptions, all chose the last option. The reality is, most people will end feeling like the first option is the only way when the holidays come around. At New Year’s they will choose to start over with a new year’s resolution to be healthier. Why will most people fall into the first option? I think for various reasons, but the first reason is a lack of planning. Being successful in times of food temptations requires pre-planning. “Winging it” at a dinner party usually will not yield great results.
The second reason I think people often fall into the “forget it” category is that the desire to eat is greater than the desire to be healthier. You have to want to and no one can make you do anything you do not really desire to do. Try sitting down and writing down all the reasons why you want to be healthier and keep this list handy. When the temptation comes, pull out that list and read it. Do the reasons still apply? If so, step away from the fruit cake! If not, you need to explore what has changed and write down what is now valid. Again, keep the list and pull it out when you are feeling the need to speed feed! (E.g. overeat, binge)
Lastly, I think the reason many will fall into the first option is just too tired/overwhelmed/stressed out. With so many activities going on, I think we often over commit ourselves and when we are tired and overwhelmed were not able to make the best healthy choices. Simple tasks seem difficult. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier and making a list of things to do but assign a priority of “one” to things that HAVE to be done in the next 24 hours (e.g., a bill is due, a performance must be attended, an appointment) a “two” to the things that can be done in a couple of days (e.g., getting groceries, doing laundry, filling up the car with gas) and a “three” to things that aren’t’ really necessary but ‘nice’ (e.g., picking up an extra gift, decorating the guest room, etc.).
During the holidays simplify your life as much as you can. That is a tall order but prioritize your responsibilities, your body will love you for it! To help manage stress, do not let your workout plans fall by the wayside. Make exercise a daily priority. Even if it is taking a brisk walk around the mall before you begin your shopping, move daily! Park your car as far as you can from the store, walk a few extra steps. When doing housework, turn on your favorite music and dance as you dust and vacuum though the house. Do squats as you are picking up toys, clothes from off of the floor. Lunge to the laundry room. Run up the stairs. Skip to the mail box.
I realized that I do not have the Bermuda Triangle to be concerned about; I have more like a Bermuda Hexagon! I not only have those holidays, I have a birthday, a cruise vacation, and a wedding to attend during that time! Yikes! I have to get my planning done and really watch my priorities during those times too!
Don’t let your efforts to live a healthier life get lost in the Bermuda Triangle of Weight Loss this year!
- Make a choice
- Make a plan
- Work your plan
- Get plenty of rest
- Prioritize your responsibilities
- Exercise daily