Just like that, Christmas is over! The holiday season has come and gone once again and I can’t believe that 2014 is around the corner.
If you were like me, you spent the holiday season with lots of family, good friends and good food. Lots of good food. And wine. Lord knows I had my fair share of wine on Christmas. That’s what happens when you spend Christmas with an Italian family, and an uncle who imports wine for a living. Nick’s uncle always has the best wins around and you know, when in Rome…. Let’s just say I’m not one to turn down a glass of wine.
So where is this going? Well, if you’re also like me, you’ve seen countless ways to “avoid holiday weight gain” and “burn off those indulgences.” Hello, people. One day isn’t going to make or break your health. It really bothers me when I see articles about sticking to diets during the holidays. In my opinion, the holidays aren’t a time to stress over your diet. If you have worked out and eaten healthy all year long, you’ll be fine. There is so much stress placed on what you eat from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, when really you should be more concerned about what you eat from New Year’s to Thanksgiving. Please stop with all the crazy detoxing, restricting and calorie counting. All it’ll do is make you miserable.
This year has been the first year where I’ve pretty much indulged in whatever I wanted without any guilt and didn’t see any repercussions from it. I credit Robyn a lot for helping me to restore my metabolism. In years past, if I were to veer off from my daily foods (read: fruits, veggies and lean proteins) my stomach would bloat and make me feel uncomfortable the day after. Add a couple glasses of wine in there and I would feel gross for days.
However, this year I felt fine. My stomach didn’t bloat, my baby abs that I’ve been working so hard towards are still here, and I didn’t feel any guilt about anything. I’ve still been making it to the gym, I’ve been crushing my workouts and I haven’t had one negative thought about myself once.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not stressed over. They come around once a year and are gone before you even know it. As long as you know you will return to your regular healthy routine, there’s nothing to worry about.
I’m off to go make pottery with my momma this morning then spend the rest of the day relaxing. Nick and I may head to the gym later when he’s done work but other than that, we don’t have much planned and that’s the way I like it. See ya later!