Who else is humming bad holiday music while taking showers and sitting at work? I got Jingle Bells stuck in my husbands head this morning. It is that time of the year again. Are the holidays totally freaking you out?
I love this time of the year but I also feel a lot of pressure during the holidays. Pressure to eat junk food (because hello it is in EVERY store), pressure to shop till I drop, pressure to send out a lot of Christmas cards, to get along with family, to buy the perfect presents and to decorate my house perfectly. It is seriously overwhelming because I want the holidays to be so perfect. Mentally and physically it can take a toll. And even though I love the holidays, I don’t seem to do very well at keeping mentally sane during them.
This year, after struggling with the panic attacks and anxiety, after a really bad holiday season the last couple of years (last year was one of the worst), I decided to do the holidays differently. I didn’t want to gain 20 pounds back like I did last year or frantically be making presents at the last minute because I had procrastinated or miss out on seeing the people I care about just because of being broke or feeling guilty for not having a present yet. I wanted these holidays to be fun.
Last year with a 20 pound gain, I learned a few things about not stopping the exercise and overdoing the sweets during the holidays. During the holidays last year I spent a lot of time baking a lot of sweets, eating those sweets, not walking or working out at all and basically just throwing everything health wise out the window till February. It was horrible. I gained a lot of weight back and felt my joints creaking in protest. Last year was a tough lesson but I am determined to not repeat the mistake again this year. Every night, even if I have knitting, even if I need to do some shopping, or wrap some more presents, I still leash up my dogs, put on a really warm coat and take a walk. On the weekends I squeeze in a long walk or run/walk. During commercial breaks I do sit ups and squats. I even do them at my desk during breaks. I walk to the light rail and to work from the light rail each day now that I have given the hubs the car to drive. And I work really hard on not over doing the sweets. Especially since it appears sugar aggravates my anxiety. I can actually feel when my body/PCOS is saying enough is enough and I start cutting back or walking more.
Here are a few of my tricks…
- I have replaced sugar items with non sugar items, for example, hot chocolate, you can buy sugar free so you can still enjoy a warm glass of it next to the twinkling Christmas tree lights.
- Dark chocolate rocks as a desert and isn’t as bad as milk chocolate. Especially those dark chocolate oranges that you crack. They are fun and super tasty.
- Park as far away as you can and walk. Everyone is fighting for those front parking spots anyways, so walk it.
- Park in a central middle point and walk from store to store. It does the body good. I promise.