You heard me! Enough food, enough alcohol, enough missing workouts, enough overindulging! As much as I love the holidays, I’ve had just about enough of all the “side effects” of the holidays and I am ready to move on. Enough is enough!

Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the holidays. Time with family, decorations, special outings, children home from school, sitting by the fire, baking to my hearts content, enjoying another glass of wine, another special meal. The problem as you can clearly see is that it just goes on and on! I just want to scream, make it stop!

Luckily for people like me, when I’ve had enough, I’m done. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes longer for me to be done the I would like, especially when our holidays turn into family vacation like now. And, it usually happens smack dab in the middle of the vacation. Being done that is.

In fact, it hit me hard while in Disneyland noshing on a pretzel shaped like Mickeys head. I thought, man I feel like crap! I had developed a “potbelly” which I somehow felt proud and ashamed of at the same time. I mean, I had really done it up good right! For the girl who has a hard earned flat stomach to be sporting a “pot belly” things have gotten way out of hand. My clothes are tight, I’m bloated like a pufferfish and I haven’t had a bowel movement in what seems to be a month (TMI I know!)

I know what your thinking, I just described you or wow, what a cow! Fortunately for me, I don’t get caught up in a lot of self loathing. I believe that beating ourselves up for our past “sins” is not only a waste of time, but is also self defeating. I guess that’s why I find the fact that I’ve developed a “pot belly” almost humorous. Rather than be disgusted by myself, I’d prefer to revel in all the fun I had while I make my plan of attack to combat this newly formed body part.

The important part of course is making a plan quick and getting on it even quicker. Tomorrow is a new day and it’s great day to start fresh right! As I write this I’ve already developed a clean eating plan, put my workouts in my day planner and set up a goal to get me back to my personal best. I know this seems like a lot, but I do this all the time for myself and others so I’m good at it. If it seems overwhelming, here are some guidelines to help you get started.

• Design goal – something that is manageable and measurable.
• Practice the “3 P’s” – plan, prep and portion control your food. Make out a menu, come home and prep and portion it out. This will make for a successful week of eating. When coming off super poor eating like mine, focus on clean protein and veggies with lots of water to clean your system out and restart your metabolism.
• Journal your food and exercise. Journaling will keep you on track and honest.
• Write your workouts in your calendar and stick to it!
• Reward yourself! Not with food of course, your not a dog! Buy a new workout top, get a massage etc.

Hope that helps a bit. I know that I personally have to have a plan to gets things moving and keep myself accountable. If this doesn’t work for you, do yourself a favor and invest in a trainer or find a workout buddy that will help keep you accountable. You owe it to yourself to look and feel your best in the new year. Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up for your past offenses. Complaining about the past won’t change the past and will only fill you with self loathing and regret. Tomorrow is a new day and another chance to go for it!

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