My current goals are to remain consistent in my healthy lifestyle, choose a fitness goal to work towards (I'll talk about this in a future post about my preference to train for a specific event or race to keep me on track versus just working out "because I have to" or "should"), and to never feel guilty about the choices I've made in any occasion.
The dinner was finally open to everyone to start making their plates and my intention was to always fill up the majority of my plate with the colorful veggies that I personally brought to share, then the turkey, and then leaving the "fun" foods to the end and the last bit of space on the plate.
As mentioned before, I am a wine-o lightweight and all of that conscious decision-making went out the door as I was filling my plate. With all the excitement of seeing the family and the delicious food everyone contributed- my senses were not all there (food-wise).
We all settle in and start eating and the food is amazing, the company is amazing, and I could feel myself starting to fill up fast.
After dinner we all snuggle up in the living room an start watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I must have watched about 3 minutes of the movie and then I went OUT like a light bulb. I was in full drunkenness and food coma status that I missed the ENTIRE movie!
After waking up I realized how much better I could have controlled how I made food and drink decisions. Feeling so full to a point where I couldn't even stay awake was not the best feeling- and although I'm fine with whatever happened (because I was enjoying everyones company no matter what) I still step back and take a look at my big picture goals for myself.
Overindulgence is NOT one of them. Enjoying the occasional treat is great, but overindulgence is not what I had in mind for my life.
I always discuss big-picture goal setting with my clients and the moment someone feels ashamed for the cookie they snagged at lunch, or the soda they snuck in for their afternoon pick-me-up, I always remind them that simply, what's done is done and that's OK! Now we move forward from this and choose to make a better choice next time around.
This is much easier said than done (obviously- given my entire backstory of my Friendsgiving event) but the point is, that we're all human, we are not perfect one bit. And to take years of bad lifestyle habits, and to expect yourself to be on-point moving forward just because you've set a goal for yourself, doesn't mean you're not going to fall once in a while.
There is a lot of subconscious expectation with holidays, expected stress, anxiety about their holiday weight gain... the works!
The major takeaway as we push through the next 6 weeks into the New Year is that you continue doing what you already do- the habits and actions you take on a daily basis that are already driving you towards your goals. This has a major compound effect in your bigger picture goals!