Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas?
No, me neither.
I absolutely love this time of year, I love the music, the sparkly lights, and I just love the fact everyone is in a much better mood than normal.
But one thing that stresses me out is the chocolates/cakes/biscuits everywhere you look.
Because it makes being on a continuous diet all the harder.
And as much as I want to say ‘F*ck it, it’s Christmas’ to have that mentality for the whole month of December means I can easily put on over half a stone, so I do have to be aware of what I am eating. But what I’m determined to not let happen, is let this factor consume my whole Christmas period.
Another factor which makes December harder is the social aspect. Every weekend is busy, every night out means a new outfit etc. So as much as I spend the first half of December trying not to eat every mince pie in sight in the hope, I can squeeze into my Christmas outfits, it gets harder as the month goes on.
For me, I have worked so hard to lose weight, to up my exercise and to really invest in looking after myself this year that as much as I don’t want to admit it, a tiny part of me is super scared to fuck it all up this December.
But then the rest of me thinks, Dawn come on now, it’s Christmas… stop worrying.
So, I’m making a few promises to myself this December. If you’re in the same mindset as me, here’s a few things I will be doing.
Say yes to the things you really want
If I want that mince pie, I’m going to have it, maybe not every time. But if I want to indulge, I’m going too. I’m just not going to have 3, 4, 5 in one sitting.
Continue to exercise
I’m not going to put the pressure on, but I am going to keep up with my personal training over the Christmas period, because it really is good for not only my physical health but also my mental health.
Unfollow anyone who makes me feel like you are not worthy
Those diet/fitness accounts that make you feel like a big marshmallow? Unfollow them.
Your feed should reflect you and should fill you with happiness every time you login.
Follow the people that uplift you and make you feel good.
Keep up with your self care
I am all about self-care, but this time of year it can be quite hard to keep on top of this, but if you can don’t let it slip. It’s so important.
Prioritise your own needs.
Book that facial, take yourself for that coffee. Do the things that make you feel good within yourself.
It’s not selfish, whatever time of year it happens to be.
More than anything, enjoy this time of year and don’t let any body issues ruin that for you.
Stop feeling guilty for having those extra calories as the 43897303 billion days that are in January will be the time you can claw back any weight gain you may have.
We have enough pressures this time of year, don’t make it harder for yourself.
Relax, enjoy and celebrate good things with those around you.
That’s what I’ll be doing.
Now.. where did I put that box of Roses?