Today I was inspired to set forth with my holiday planning. Most might think, oh? What gifts will you buy? What cards will you send? What decorations will you put up? But, that’s not the holiday planning that I’m thinking of. Of course I’ll decorate and send out cards, but that is secondary.
The first, most important plan has to do with Goals!
Starting today..Halloween is the start of the challenging holiday season, inspired by Tara from A Life Changing Journey. I saw her posting on Twitter @Tidbits_of_Tara with the hashtag #DontEatTheTreat and I had to see what it was all about.
She’s starting off facing the holiday season by saying no to Halloween candy and she’s right, its not just a one day thing, its the discount candy for the next couple weeks, people bringing in leftover candy to the office with open bowls sitting around, and it expands into holiday treats being brought into the office, holiday parties, time with family that includes dinners, desserts and drinks….this is the beginning.
I really needed #DontEatTheTreat I have a bowl of candy corn in the house and we have a bag of halloween candy for the kids coming to the door. Only I like candy corn, I bought it to put on a treat I made for work. (yeah oops, that was before my new goal) I came home and dumped out the bowl of candy corn on top of yucky garbage. The halloween candy that doesn’t get picked up by trick or treat will either be dumped in the garbage as well, or given to my boyfriend who has lots of hungry boys that he works with and they looove candy!
Normally, I would keep a couple pieces for treats in lunches and stuff, but I can’t do that right now, I’m really trying to be focused and having candy in the house will be “oh I’ll just have one before bed” then “just one before bed and one in my lunch” then “one before bed, one in my lunch, one after dinner” and so on.
That would lead to me being okay with a snack here and there on treats throughout the month of November, then extra desserts with thanksgiving, then holiday cookies and candy all the way through Christmas. Finally ending the year with New Year’s Eve over indulgences!
Well, this is NOT going to happen to me! My plan isn’t like Tara’s but it is going to be a PLAN
Part I: Food Defense
– Halloween: #DontEatTheTreat – no office leftovers, no discount candy, no trick or treating leftovers
– Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners: Focus on the people, not the food. My family eats pretty healthy, but I don’t want to overindulge. Ask ahead about the menu think about what are my favorites, what I can have any day, what is best for me to eat and what I should pass on. Fill my plate first with roasted veggies/salads then go back for starch/protein and finally ONE dessert
– From Thanksgiving to my Christmas vacation: Office challenges! Back to #DontEatTheTreat I do not need holiday candy, bars and cakes to enjoy the holidays. I think I’ll be posting and tweeting #DontEatTheTreat now through Christmas vacation!
– New Years Eve: Plan an activity that is engaging most likely with a group of friends, or make it romantic. Focus on new beginnings, blessings and love. Plan ahead for a glass of champagne or a nice dinner, make sure I know what I’m eating
Part II: Gear Up for the New Year!
I want to start off 2012 with a bang, so why not get going now!
I have two 5Ks to run between now and the end of the year and I’m considering a 3rd one on New Year’s Eve.
Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving here in Minneapolis and then the Santa Hustle in Chicago on Sat Dec 3rd!
I want to get a new PR on my 5Ks so I have a plan that my personal trainer set up for me! This will get me running, hopefully outside 2x a week if the weather cooperates and inside 2x a week after my weight training days.
4 runs a week:
Run 1: 30-40 minutes of 30 seconds 6mph sprint/2 mins 4.2 mph jog, alternating til exhausted 🙂
Run 2: 45-60 minutes of running at a maintained pace, aiming for 4.6 mph (hope to be outside)
Repeat 1 and 2 again.
Who’s with me? Who else has a holiday season plan?