Friday, October 8, 2010

Don't be thinking that?

The seasons have changed and here in Oregon we are in full blown fall. The leaves are changing and falling everywhere!! It's just beautiful!!! The weather has been great ~ A little foggy in the mornings, sunny and chilly the rest of the day. It's time for hunkering down in our cozy's time for hot chocolate and comfort foods. It's time to rest!!

HA! I don't feel restful at all. I feel like I'm reving up!!! Gone are the lazy days of summer, it's time now to get our running shoes on ~ the holidays are near!!!!!

My calendar is already filling up with holiday plans. Yes even now, I've got stuff planned through the end of October and my "Things to do" list is growing for November & December!

There is little time left after working all day, running errands, Family, ministry, laundry, cooking, cleaning and all the holiday prep stuff, to do what I need to do for myself.

The next 3 months are going to be rough! My schedule will be full of activities and fun as well as the normal every day stuff.

It seems so appealing right now to......and I know there are others of you who feel the same way I just put our health & fitness plans on the back burner "FOR NOW" and just get through the holidays.

You are thinking there is just not enough time left in the day for me. You also might be thinking, what would be the harm just putting off my plan until January? What would it hurt? I mean the holidays are more important ~ right?

If you are thinking that right now, STOP IT!!!!

There is nothing about the holiday season that is more important than you. Well except for Jesus' Birthday, religious and spiritual matters ~ you know what I mean! There is no reason or activity that should go before your weight loss and fitness plan.

With that said. The holidays are coming~ it's going to get busy and chaotic ~ we all know this. Take time today to start planning how you are going to get all of the things that you "need" to do for yourself first and then how are you going to get things done for the holidays.

For me I want to do it all. So I've got my lists going of the things that need to be done. Instead of scheduling full days to take care of everything, I do a little bit every day. So far, I'm busy, but not so busy I can't get things done for me.

I've also noticed that my plans don't always work out. People and things get in the way. I have found that I have to be able to shift gears and be flexible with my time. Also it helps to have a back up plan. If you can't get to the gym, take a walk around the block or on your treadmill. Plan your menus ahead of time. Have snacks in the car (we will be in them a lot!!). Drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep!!! We can do this!!!

I'm already starting to feel pressure and stress each day and I've been thinking about putting my plan on hold. I fight every day to keep focused. I have to remember that I'm worth all of this hard work. I'm worth it ~ even if I can't get everything else done. I don't care what happens, I'm going to get what I need for me done first ~ I'm worth it!!!!

Bottom line is....Don't put your plan off until January. Don't stop now and lose your momentum. Keep focused and push through. And don't ever give up!!!

Won't you be proud of yourself, if you make it through the holidays, still working your plan and losing weight? It might be the first time that you've not had to start a new weight loss and fitness plan in January. You will still be "WORKING" your plan. You don't have to start over! Yeah!!

Keep focused my friends!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!

Are you thinking about putting your weight loss and fitness plan on hold until January?



  1. I am very happy how my body is shaping up – it looks firmer, my posture is improved, and I feel more in shape. My husband and son both commented that they really see the difference. I am less tired, sleeping better, and more hopeful and focused. My confidence and self-esteem has improved, and I worry less and enjoy life more. Thank you for everything! Try it now!

  2. This is a great post Joy - I really need a push to stay focused through the holidays. I still don't know where September went and now, all of a sudden, my calendar is already booked solid right until the end of November. Who know what "the big one" (holiday) will bring!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. Around Thanksgiving is when a lot of people start tanking up because they plan to start their diet in January. You are so right! Why put off feeling good another day?

  4. Joy, I love this post and I am already feeling the pressure of the Holidays. I to have a busy schedule and it would be so easy to just say that I will get back on my plan after the holidays. Not me I am going to fight this battle all the way through. Thanks for you comment on my blog.. Hugs to you :)

  5. I like how you are planning ahead, and keeping your health goals a priority.

    Having said that... I think there is a time for all things. And for some people, if they have chosen this time in their life to reclaim their health, then I think it is okay to just say NO to some of the activities that normal make us too busy this time of year.

    It is OKAY TO SAY NO. It does NOT have to be hectic and over scheduled... it is my choice. It can only become that way if I allow to be. It is my choice.

    You are ahead of me on this road to health, and can do more physical stuff, so it's great that you can do all that with your excellent planning skills.

    But for ME, my strategy must be: no thank you, I'll be passing on that activity this year.

    And I'm okay with that, because the rewards are worth it. :-)