Staying on course

The holiday season is now in full swing.  Some of us will still try very hard to ease very slowly into the season, using the period of Advent to mindfully approach things day to day.  Others will throw themselves wholeheartedly into the pace of (at least here in the States…) the years’ most frenzied shopping season.  Either way, it is challenging to avoid the double edged sword of busy schedule and readily accessible food and beverage for the next few weeks.  But you don’t have to feel guilty when we catch our breath somewhere early in January!  You’ve been taking care of yourself and there’s no reason not to enjoy the season.

For many adults around the holiday, the big culprit is alcohol.  There are a pair of problems here that you just need to keep in mind.  First, the obvious one is that alcohol is pretty much empty calories.  Don’t worry SO much about those as you do the other half of the equation.  A couple drinks isn’t going to derail your efforts to get and stay at some level of fitness.  More than a couple generally leads to letting down your guard with other things — like FOOD.  You CAN have that piece of cake, that cookie, that .. you fill in the blank .. that just says “festive” to you.  But be sane about.  A couple cookies is okay … a dozen, well, not so much.

Whether you behave this way or not, most of us have come around to the notion that the holidays have become excessive.  They’ve got from an observance of something joyous to an excuse to throw self discipline out the window.  Want to stay on course?  Align what you know is better for you with your actual behavior.  Your body will thank you in a few weeks!

We will not have session on Thanksgiving evening, but don’t let that stop you from taking a nice walk.  Come back Friday morning and print off your workout… we’ll post one for Friday as well as the weekender.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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