The parties, the office goodies, the girls happy hours... come on it's the Holidays. I mean, you only live once. We deserve to have a good time and let our hair down. What's a few drinks? It's Christmas time... we are celebrating! The odds are against us anyway, statistics show during the holidays we are going to gain a few pounds right? So, we can take it off in January no worries!
STOP! STOP! STOP! I don't know about you? But this is the crap I have been telling myself for years. I give myself permission to overindulge. I actually encourage myself to do it and my friends! We all back each other up in this pursuit of holiday binging. I'm tired of doing this. It's NEVER worth it and nothing ever tastes as good as fitting into my clothes. Let's stop saying this crap to ourselves. We are 40 something and over. Ohhhh we pack it on during the holidays and it won't come off overnight no matter how much you wish it away. And I don't know about all of you... but I am getting shorter as I get older dammit and at midlife it's like pulling teeth to get even five pounds off. So let's look at this with a True Midlife New Lifestyle Mentality!
First, let's start with the mind games. We don't deserve to eat or drink whatever. Our bodies are breaking down and it can no longer handle the quick fix of January weight loss. It's time for tough love. Don't wait to diet or start eating healthy. Do it NOW! That way when you do fall of your regiment and have that cookie, extra serving, or great cocktail, you will not be adding to an already caloric day. This way you can maintain over the holidays instead of doing damage and EAT EXTRA CLEAN come January. Sugaring down after weeks of eating bad is a painful detox for the midlife body. I recommend picking your poison. If I am going to a holiday party I plan what my body is craving and what my cheat will be. For the record it's usually alcohol for me! (sad but true) Pie vs. Manhattan = Manhattan, Bread vs. Cabernet = Cab, Baked Macaroni & Cheese vs. Dirty Martini = Goose wins! But those are my choices. You need to make yours. The key is to choose and not do it all. You can't do the glass of wine, the mac & cheese and the pie. Not even for one night. It takes days to work that off and hit ground zero at midlife. If you choose alcohol like me then know your alcoholic calories. Yes, that alcoholic calorie counter can be depressing, but knowledge of food and drink is key at our age!
The really hard thing to throw into this holiday weight discipline mode is exercise. With work, taking care of household logistics, shopping, and entertaining... seriously who has time to work out. A friend of mine told me about Barre3 (Thank you Kristi). I don't have time to go to a gym right now, I am slammed. But if I can do a 10 minute workout using an app or my computer and it can help keep me toned and fit... count me in! They also have 30 minute and 50 minute work outs. All I am saying is put your mind in a positive place. You are worth more than any cookie, carb, or drink. When you tell yourself you are worth it and that you have the will power to walk away, you will start to believe it. If you are like me... you told yourself all that junk in the first paragraph for years. Therefore it will take time, be kind to yourself when you slip up. Midlife is a time to take care of yourself. Treat yourself the way you treat others. Enjoy your holidays and leave every event full of confidence instead of food! I'm struggling right there with you don't worry, we can do this!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...