My only two holiday “rules”

by Kim on November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

My morning so far has been consumed by packing (for 1 adult and 2 kids—and I’m embarrassed about how much longer the 1 adult took… I’m SO bad at packing!) Now, Josh and I are hanging out at our new favorite coffee shop for a bit before we pick up big bro from preschool, wait for Dad to get home, and then hit the road!

Here’s my view right now:


Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby? (Especially in public…)

The lips kill me.

So, since everyone is sharing their “survive the holidays” tips, I wanted to chime in with a few thoughts on the topic…

Here’s my advice:

Relax. Enjoy.

We have 350+ other days of the year (factoring in other holidays) to worry about eating healthy and working out, and I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation—including moderation.

So don’t worry about squeezing in a bodyweight workout in the in-laws’ basement (I mean, unless you really want to…) and don’t you dare skip that pecan pie just because it’s made of 99% butter and sugar (ha). Your body is designed to maintain status quo (for better or for worse), and you’re not going to go up a jeans size in a weekend.

So if you’re looking for permission to throw those holiday tips out the window, here it is. Go, live, indulge.


I do have two teeny little rules:

1. Don’t punish yourself. You are not allowed to eat the pecan pie and then wallow in guilt all afternoon. You may not soothe yourself with plans to put yourself through the ringer in the gym when you get back.

Just eat the thing, love it, and then let it go. It’s Thanksgiving.

2. Recognize the end of the holiday. Sometimes, we have so much fun indulging during Thanksgiving that we let our splurgy habits and tis-the-season attitudes spill over into the entire month of December. Somehow, two single-day holidays blur into a 6-week binge—and that’s when jeans sizes get upgraded.

I totally understand the lack of motivation in the goal department toward the end of the year. I’m actually not a huge fan of holiday challenges for weight loss—it feels like starting a diet on a Friday. This is the one time of year when I think it’s better to focus on maintenance.

There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are so popular—it’s the universal Monday, the day of Starting Things. And I’m all about that. Fresh motivators can be really powerful, especially when they come right after a break.

But I do think there’s still value in keeping Thanksgiving and Christmas separate, and recognizing that the days in the middle are just regular days. It’s tempting to smoosh it all together into one big month-long free-for-all called “the holidays,” but unlike a couple days, a couple weeks is plenty of time to do damage to your goals.

That’s my take on it, anyway.

I personally still have 10 pounds of baby weight to lose, but you better bet I’ll be eating pie tomorrow. And loving it. :)

From my family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!

josh and I 2

What’s your take on holiday indulging?




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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples November 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Love it – I’m on the same page! :) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)
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Giselle November 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I agree with you, enjoy it! I still eat treats just the Paleo version :-) I’m horrible at wasting food when it comes to the end of the holidays because I have to toss it to get it out of my sight. That or I pawn it off on other people like my mom and then she gets mad at me! Either way it’s not going in my belly!
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Caroline @ The Little Things Blog November 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I’ve been enjoying lots of small portions of lots and lots of things…. plus all the salted caramel chocolates that I want :)
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Jade November 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Those rules are really nice to hear! I was perusing some ‘motivational’ boards and it was the complete opposite (way to guilt us media!).
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Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire November 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I couldn’t have said this better myself! I’ve seen some pretty tough stuff out there on social media about “navigating the holidays” and “staying on track” and it makes me sad to know that so many people take it to heart. It’s ONE day. No one is going to gain five pounds from one meal! Great post, & Happy Thanksgiving!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I love every bit of this and your rules are spot on! I’m taking your advice! ;) Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! xo
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Katie @ running4cupcakes November 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Amen sister!! Happy Thanksgiving. :)
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