I am really looking forward to the 4th of July weekend! We don’t usually have or go to big cookouts or parties, but I know a lot of people do. It’s really difficult to stay on track around the holidays! Even if I am just home for a much needed day off, I have to be careful not to forget all about the habits I’ve begun to form. I have some holiday weekend advice for you! Don’t stress about it!
I know you’re probably thinking, “Don’t stress about it!?! I’ll gain five pounds if I don’t stress about it!” I’m not saying don’t be mindful of what you’re eating, I’m just saying don’t make it the focal point of your weekend.
I think in so many areas of our lives we sabotage our own plans by focusing so much on the things we want to change. For people who want to quit drinking, all they think about is NOT drinking. People who want to cut back, diet, start eating better, all they think about is food. If you’re trying to quit smoking, what is always on your mind??? DON’T smoke! Am I right?
So what if this weekend, instead of focusing on what you’re not supposed to eat, you try focusing on spending time with people you love. Try making a more conscious effort to talk to people, and enjoy every bit of what you experience. Savor the foods that you do eat, don’t just mindlessly eat them. Try to spend more time in face to face conversation with the people in the room instead of looking at your phone to see who said what on facebook, twitter or instagram. I honestly think that we eat and drink too much when we are not paying attention to what we are doing.
Take the time this weekend to really enjoy everything. Experience everything you can, and be intentional about what you experience. I think you will find that if you just focus on having a good time and stop focusing on all the things you shouldn’t eat, drink, do, you will do the right things naturally. You’ve been working hard to make new habits, just have faith in yourself that you will keep on the right track! Have a great 4th of July and try to relax and have fun!