Holiday Celebrations: How Do You Have Fun?

holiday-celebrationsI write this as Memorial Day approaches.  And I look forward to the holiday like anyone else.  Thoughts of friends, family, food, and drink enter my mind and I get worked up about the weekend.  And who doesn’t?

Well, you know what?  2014 has been a bumpy year for me.  I have plenty of things to be very happy about… and I have struggled as well.  I think this is called LIFE and is to be expected.  We all have our ups and downs.

For me, the holiday is a chance to put down obligations, let go of stresses, let off some steam, and have  fun.  It’s what I need right now so I welcome it.  And maybe you feel the same way…

Holiday Celebrations

A big part of holiday celebrations being successful and not self-destructive, is how they’re approached.

By self-destructive, I mean eating a ton of food for no good reason (like after you are already full), drinking to the point of idiocy, or hiding away because you are trying to be good and not partaking in ANYTHING fun.  I think we have all done each of these things.

First, realize that you deserve to celebrate.  Life isn’t exactly easy and the day to day can take it’s toll.  One of the most important things you can do is find time to relax and just be.  A holiday, by definition, is exactly this.  So it’s your opportunity to relax.  Pat yourself on the back even.  Gotta love yourself a bit.  :)

Second, set limits.  Know going in how much you intend to eat and how much you intend to drink.  Know yourself.  If you nervously snack, don’t stand next to the table of carby snack food.  If you drink to excess, determine how many drinks you can have over a given period of time.  Then simply stick to the plan.  And allow yourself a little slack to go under or over… you don’t have to be perfect.  The goal is just not to go completely off course.

Third, enjoy yourself.  This is the good part.  Relax knowing you have a plan and can stick to it.

Fourth, after you are finished with your day… reflect.  Having succeeded, you can now look back and see the things that were easy and the things that were hard.  Either way, you can feel happy knowing that you can have fun while exhibiting a little self-control.

Last and most important.  No matter your level of success or failure…  get back on the wagon the following day.  Even if you botched the plan a little, the number one determining factor in your health success will be whether or not you can continue with your plan after the fact.  Recover by getting right back to your healthy plan and lifestyle.  It’s simple and works every time.

Now get out there and enjoy yourself!

Ryan GillespieRyan Gillespie
Health/Fitness Coach & Trainer

I currently live in sunny San Diego California and work with people around the country as well as Internationally on their health and fitness goals.  Please LIKE me on Facebook and JOIN The Locker Room (Free Accountability and Support group)

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