Don’t Celebrate TANKsgiving
Nope that’s not a typo! We really don’t want you to celebrate TANKsgiving. What is TANKSgiving? TANKsgiving starts a few days before Thanksgiving. It is a time that we all collectively let down our “food filter”, relax, and gorge to our heart’s (and tummies’) content. In more frightening terms, it’s the dangerous time between Thanksgiving and the New Year where we can most easily abandon our healthy diet and exercise habits and do the most damage to our progress. We think to ourselves:
“Oh, hello holidays! You are a time for merriment and mocha lattes, you are a call for extra marshmallows and creamed corn! These are the months of unbridled sugar-cookie, pecan pie, thank you sweet-mama for bottomless buttered bread feasting. I’ve been so good and everyone is doing it!”
If you fall into this mindset, you can willingly or unknowingly TANK your progress and goals. If you’re on a weight-loss plan or exercise regimen, then you probably know exactly how hard it can be to start seeing results, but how easy it is to erase them. It is possible in only a couple of months to reverse all of the progress you’ve made throughout this past year. It’s so easy because the holidays offer a cornucopia of high-calorie/high sugar eats and treats. To make things even harder, we are often encouraged to partake over-indulgently with our friends, family, and co-workers. Nobody makes anybody feel guilty, what joy!
So as you can realize, because the foods that will undoubtedly grace our tables in the coming days will be abundant in quantity as well as caloric content, and because our normal compasses and consciences (friends, family) will they themselves be blinded by festive feasting, this is the most important time for you to be wary and stay on track towards your fitness goals.
Now don’t get us wrong! We love our holiday munchies as much as the next person, but keeping in control is key and will leave you feeling empowered at the end. Knowing you can overcome cravings and pressures all around you will only increase your ability to succeed in 2014! So, have a happy Thanksgiving, but don’t let it turn into a TANKsgiving!