Yesterday our view looked like we were in a snow globe! It was gorgeous!
…until you had to drive in it. I will have to admit, I am always in a rush, even if I have plenty of time I am pretty sure (Tony can attest) that I drive like a bat out of you know where!
My grandpa always told me I had a lead foot and that I did not use my rear view mirror enough!
But it was very humbling as I was coming to the intersection at 16th and Pennsylvania St, I had a car pull out in front of me and with the snow I could not slow down. Thankfully, this is not my first rodeo driving in the snow so I slightly turned my wheel and thankfully avoided making contact.
There were two pedestrians standing at the cross walk with mouths wide open. Yikes!
I will admit, it rattled me for a second and I wanted to get mad. Here I am all ten and two, driving slow, something I had zero control over (snowy conditions) creates a situation I did not want to be in (almost rear-ending the person who cut me off).
It reminded me how this time of year affects us.
We have the best intentions around our health and wellness. I sincerely believe we do not wake up and openly say, “I am going to sabotage myself today!” rr “Today I will over indulge and I can’t wait for my pants not to fit.”
OK I might be going a bit over board, but you see where I am going.
I know that person who pulled out in front of me did not intentionally say, “I am going to put my life and their life in danger” when they pulled out.
But we find our self in these situations of danger around the holidays. Some of the danger could be, yes, different driving conditions. But the danger I am referring to is situations you normally would not be in.
- Holiday Parties (yes the average person attends 2-3 parties this season)
- Multiple Christmas Celebrations
- More dinners out than normal
- Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Syrup –Buddy the Elf
Fact: the average person consumes 7,000 calories on Christmas Day!
So how do you keep you focused through all these situations?
I was talking with a few clients this week about how to navigate all of these situations and increased temptations – what I told them and what I’ll tell you is that it all comes back to mindset around each situation and planning for these situations.
First, mindset starts with going into your event, dinner, etc. with the desire to win. Define what winning looks like to you.
I am a not an all or nothing kind of person, because most people cannot adhere to this approach and it gets ugly.
I believe in and am a big fan of balance and having a plan.
What do you personally need to do to keep you on track for your goals?
If you need help with this please reach out to us. We would be happy to help you.
For some people they need to stay away from alcohol because they know it’s a slippery slope of overindulgence. Others will opt for smaller portions.
I know last week I shared the tip of not going to an event hungry. Again, take in a quick meal replacement shake even though you know you will eat there, that way you are not starving and are less likely to overeat.
Secondly, plan as much as you can. Know going in how you personally want to eat. Bring the side dish you know you can consume and one others will honestly enjoy. Healthy or healthier does not have to be bland, boring and tasteless.
So during this fun and amazing time of year put yourself in a mindset to win. I know that sounds all bright and sunny, but there is some validity to it.
If you go in negative, the outcome will be negative, so reverse the negativity and also think through how you will win.
Define what winning looks like for you personally.
This is your life and you get to choose what the outcome is.
We hope you have an amazing Holiday Season and if you have any questions or need some additional help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.