BUT NOT THIS YEAR. (Ironically, as I write this, I am fighting to resist fresh donuts at my office.)
Here's what I suggest for the holidays:
STRESS. Some people can get soooo stressed during the holidays (*raises hand*). What I did differently this year is that I got everything done early. I made a list of all the people I needed to shop for and and bake for, figured out what I wanted to get each of them, and bought the presents. It's 12/13 and I am done with my Christmas shopping AND my cards (baking comes later). For cards I put everyone's addresses on address labels in Word and printed them out on stickers. Way easier. The stickers I bought came with a template number to use in Microsoft Word so that you literally just type in the addresses and print it. DONE. And it'll be ready for next year. SO much easier.
I also have been taking the time to just relax with some nice piano music. It doesn't have to be very long, but just a few minutes can really help.
As for the stress of getting everywhere..... I'll just fight that battle when it comes. I haven't figured that part out yet.
I'm going to approach this the same way I approach my meals and snacks everyday. As many of you know, I have an app called Calorie Count on my iPhone. I log everything that I eat so that I know exactly where I stand on calories. I can also look up food before I eat it to decide if it's worth it. If I see one donut (God I want that donut) is 400 calories, it makes me want it less (THAT IS WHAT I WILL KEEP TELLING MYSELF).
If you don't have a smartphone (get one....), just try to think before you eat. Treats are fine, but do you NEED five cookies? Why not just have one? That's how I got through Thanksgiving. I put small portions on my plate, cleared it, and then waited to let the food settle. Then I was full and didn't need seconds.
If you absolutely can't resist, try to limit it to the actual day of the holiday. A week long binge is probably a bad idea. Bad days happen- I know I'll have one and that I'll have to skip the gym a few times because I'll be out and about. But I will do my best!
Let's all do our best this holiday season to not overeat, to stay active, and to not kill anyone/blow up/go insane/go into credit card debt!
<3 - CFC
P.S. Here's some Holiday Diet Tips from WebMd and here's some Holiday Diet Myths!