Confession: I’ve been hitting the leftover Halloween candy pretty hard this week.
As we move into the holiday season, where the sweets become even more abundant and most of the vegetables are cooked in cream-of-something soup, I’ve decided to set a few goals to stay focused, healthy, and feeling well. Now, I’m a firm believer that wellness is the sum of the good stuff we do for ourselves rather than the absence of the bad stuff. Along the same lines, I also believe in not depriving yourself if you really want something! The following popped up on my Facebook news feed a couple nights ago, and I laughed and felt disgusted at the same time:
Really, Health.com? That’s the saddest little dessert I’ve ever seen. That’s a garnish for a dessert, in fact. There’s no way, if someone were craving pineapple upside-down cake, that that would satisfy the craving. I commented, “#notdessert”. 😀
But I digress.
Therefore, my wellness goals for the holiday season are cumulative and non deprivation-based. If you count yesterday (when I intended to write this post) and Christmas day, there are 50 days until Christmas!
That means that I am aiming for an average of 6 servings of produce, 30 minutes of exercise, and just one dessert daily (my dessert goal is to not exceed 5o servings.) The beauty of the cumulative goals is that they allow flexibility: Run for an hour one day? Take a rest day. Enjoy a few desserts on Thanksgiving? Forego a sweet somewhere else in the week. A few days of poor eating here and there won’t wreck a person; these goals will help me make sure a few days don’t turn into the whole holiday season. 🙂
After day one, these are my stats:
-Fruits & Veggies: 6
-Exercise: 1 hour
Be good to yourselves, friends! And for the love of all things delicious, please don’t ever eat a pineapple garnish for dessert.
Do you have any wellness goals for the holiday season?
What would you add to my three categories?
I love that your goals are positive goals that is awesome ! I am also struggling with the Halloween candy this week, it’s fun sized how can we resist ! By Christmas I really would like to be able to increase the amount of weight I am lifting at the gym so on some of my lifts I was using 15/20 rather than 5/10. That might be unrealistic , but I’m gonna work at it.
Thank you! I’m definitely doing the same thing with the fun sized candy… hah! I think your weight lifting goal sounds great!
HAHAH #notdessert. Hilarious. But true. Also I LOVE your holiday wellness goals. So so smart not to deprive, but not let yourself go completely crazy. Super smart. Next year when I’m not on the crazy train I may have to adopt something similar, I’m a huge fan of everything in moderation!
Hahaha, thanks! I needed something that would keep me on track, but still let me enjoy the holidays!
Agreed. Such a balance to not deprive, but not go totally sweet bonkers 🙂
hahahha! I love your comment. So perfect, because that really isn’t dessert! Loving your goals, I need to set some too. It’s so easy to get caught up with festivities and eating…not that I’m complaining but it’s definitely something to be aware of!
Hahaha, thanks! I really was offended by them suggesting that 2 small bites of fruit were dessert. Come on, people. 😀
Great goals, and you’re off to a great start!
I’m doing the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (you can sign up here http://www.runtothefinish.com/2013/10/holiday-challenge-6th-edition.html if you want to) to stay motivated this holiday season! Basically, same deal as your goals, but it’s a good way to stay accountable in the community AND you can win some prizes!
Oh, cool! Thanks for the info… I’ll have to check that out!!