I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
Our first Christmas in Hong Kong was peaceful and relaxing, which is exactly what our family needed. We got to FaceTime with family and friends. We played games and had fun building the girls’ new LEGOS. The twins new ball, playpen has also been a hit with the whole family. The older girls would rather play in the playpen than with their own toys. I’m so glad that they have been having fun and enjoying their new gifts. Overall, we’ve had a great week celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus.
Honestly, I find it very difficult to make myself a priority during the holiday season.
Am I the only one!?
I feel like ever since Thanksgiving, something shifted in my brain. For weeks, I’ve been in holiday mode. I’ve been busy taking care of everyone else and getting ready for the holidays, that unfortunately I have not made much time to take care of myself. As a result, my healthy eating habits have suffered and I’ve just eaten whatever was quick and easy, like sweet snacks or treats. Not to mention, I’ve been emotional eating, because I miss my family and friends back in the USA.
Has anyone else experienced a similar struggle?
Now that your family and friends have gone home, it’s time to begin to make yourself a priority again!! That’s right, you don’t have to wait until January 1st to begin to make healthy choices again. I am looking forward to transitioning out of holiday mode and back into our regular routine.
Here are some of the things I do to quickly get back on track, following a holiday or any other occasion that has caused me to fall off the wagon.
1. Forgive yourself.
This is so important. Please don’t skip this step. Your holidays might not have gone anything like you planned. Whether it was good or bad, you must forgive yourself for everything that has taken place over the past few weeks (or months). Guilt and shame don’t help anything! Truly forgive yourself and move on.
2. Pray for God’s help.
I have never been able to accomplish my weight loss goals without God by my side. Spend time in prayer asking God to help you make healthy choices. Ask Him to give you the strength you need to say no to the food that isn’t good for you. God will hear your prayers and He wants to be your source of strength on this journey.
3. Throw away the junk.
Go through your house and throw or give away anything that isn’t good for you. I know you’re going to say I am wasteful, but it’s better to put these foods into the garage than in your body. Purging your house of the sugar and treats that you can’t stop thinking about, will leave room for you to fill up your cupboards with healthier snacks.
4. Meal plan.
One way to get on track is to plan out your meals in advance. This will ensure that you have healthy food options for you to eat. I wrote a whole blog post about this, so check out my “Holiday Meal Planning” post for additional meal planning tips.
5. Find accountability.
Tell your family and friends that you are getting back on track and ask them to help you on this journey. Ask them for their support and to help you say no to unhealthy foods.