Confessions of a Personal Trainer: Here comes "weight shame" season again!
November 18, 2013
Here we go!!! It is that time of year AGAIN! No, I am not talking about crazy black Friday sales or (insert holiday of your preference here) season, it is that time of year when EVERYONE complains about gaining weight, how they "shouldn't have eaten (insert favorite indulgence here)" and how they can't wait till the holidays are over so that they can start (insert fad diet/exercise plan here) and lose all the weight they gained during the holidays.
Every year it is the same story. Which is why I am challenging you to take a different approach to the holidays this year. Live mindfully in the moment of each and every get together, holiday party, gift exchange, cookie exchange, ect... and keep yourself present. Redirect your attention to what is happening around you and to you rather than how you really shouldn't have eaten that cookie.
"HOW DO I DO THIS?" you may be asking yourself.
Go through physical checkpoints to help connect yourself to what is happening in the present.
1. What is the temperature of the space I am in?
2. What smells are surrounding me?
3. What sounds do I hear?
4. Can I feel my feet in my shoes and clothes on my skin?
5. If I am outside, do I feel the warn sun on my skin and where on my skin do I feel it? OR is it cloudy and chilly? If there is a breeze or wind, does it have an odor? Where on my skin can I feel it?
ect, ect, ect...
I started doing this recently everyday at some point in my day when I am feeling overwhelmed with things to get done and disconnected from my physical self. At the end of my checklist (I usually do just 3-4) I feel reenergized, refocused and full of gratitude. Which is why I am challenging all of you to do the same this holiday season. Not as a method of controlling unwanted pounds creeping up out of seemingly nowhere but to help remember what this season and time of year are all about. Stay above all the verbal garbage of weight loss/gain during this time of year. Do you really want to go to every party trying to remember all the "tips and tricks" of how to avoid gaining weight and stressing over every ounce you might gain if you take a bite of dessert? Or do you want to reconnect with those you have missed all year long or share a special moment with a loved one?
Live presently this holiday season and don't get trapped spending it with the scale Scrooge!