Over the holidays, I want you to exercise your gratitude and pat-on-the-back muscles.
I had an AHA! moment with a client a few months ago who was struggling to keep up with the discipline of working out 5 times a week and making good food decisions. She was getting really down on herself and wasn't able to focus on all of the things she'd accomplished. Instead, she was telling herself she wasn't working hard enough. As an exercise, I asked her to write down all the things she had accomplished since she started training (her list could be super long, BTW, she's accomplished a TON). Since I asked her to do this, she's turned a corner and is working harder than ever and is taking pride in her training.
I really believe that when we can take the time to pat ourselves on the back for what we've accomplished and when we can focus on being grateful for how hard we work, we can accomplish so much more than we think we're capable of. You can congratulate yourself for choosing salad as a starter instead of the spinach dip, or for doing an extra set of exercises when you were tired. Always be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you might not have. And be grateful for taking the steps you need to take to be healthier!
Exercising your gratitude and pat-on-the-back muscles can only lead to one thing: gaining the empowerment you need to make the right decisions for yourself. And THAT will take you places you didn't think you could go to.
Not a bad way to head into the holidays, eh?