Not too long ago, Holidays meant one thing: major food issues. I would stress so much about what was going to be on the table, how many days I’d have to go without a workout, and what excuses I would come up with when people would ask me about why I wasn’t eating like they were.
Needless to say, I hated the holidays.
I focused so much on the food, that it literally sucked the joy out of the holiday. I didn’t care about the family that was there or the gifts under the tree. I just knew that holidays meant lots of food, lots of food meant lots of calories, and lots of calories meant lots of weight gained.
And that freaked me out.
I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that the holidays don’t freak me out anymore, because honestly, they kinda do. I still worry about the food I’m eating and how it will affect my body. I still worry about how many workouts I’ll have to miss.
But it no longer consumes my holiday.
I can sit at the table with my family and grab a second biscuit without calculating the calories in my head. I can ask for a piece of pie after dinner without planning how hard my workout is going to be the next day.
And most importantly, I can focus on what the holidays are really about.
When I think about how close Turkey Day is this week, I’m not stressing about how hard I need to work now to make up for how much food I’m going to be eating then. I’m thinking about Little Sissy running into my arms. I’m thinking about Little Bro wanting to snuggle up with me on the couch. And I’m thinking about wrapping my arms around daddy.
Family is what the holidays are about, and that should be our first thought when we think about them.
So even if all you can give is 5 minutes of your time, make those 5 minutes about loving on your family. Give thanks to God and be appreciative for all your blessings. After all, these holidays weren’t created to be about food, so why do we tend to make them about food?
Do you struggle knowing that the holidays brings about lots of food?
How do you manage your thoughts around all that food?