Day 78 & 79
Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas!!! This is such a great time of the year where we can sit back, enjoy family, and take some time to reflect. I really hope you are living in the moment and not rushing from store to event to party to family gatherings…you get the idea;) Every year we try to minimize the commercialism of Christmas in our home and focus on the true meaning of the season. No matter what your beliefs are it’s pretty amazing to see the whole world stop and honor the birth of Jesus. We have family traditions like giving and serving to organizations like El Rescate and Advent Conspiracy. El Rescate is an amazing organization that serves the San Fernando Valley and we donate our time and toys to give back to kids who are less fortunate. Advent Conspiracy is an organization that facilitates building wells in third world countries so that they can have clean water. We have people over on Christmas Eve and invite people who are not able to go home for the holidays. We have a great time eating, singing and then we have a white elephant gift exchange. It gets pretty crazy in our house. I’ll let you know what I end up with. There’s a pack of cassette tapes that gets re-gifted every year and gets added to the pile. You don’t want that gift!!! LOL! On Christmas Eve this year, our family is going to bless a family that doesn’t have much. I met a woman named Isabel and she told me they were skipping Christmas this year because they didn’t have any money. She has two young kids my children’s age and it broke my heart. I told her we were bringing Christmas to her. So, we’re bringing dinner, gifts, and lots of cheer. Our family is excited to go and meet them since we’ve been shopping for them and preparing for them all week. We are excited to meet them. I’ll let you know how that goes. Enjoy your holiday season and don’t forget to feed your soul. Smile, hug, love someone today. Pay it forward.
1. Monday- I know it’s Christmas Eve…just commit to doing at least fifteen minutes of HIIT training and stretching. You will be busy, there will be a lot of stuff to get done. Make your health a priority! You will feel better, trust me:)
Tuesday- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Do what you can realistically. You may want to take this as your rest day if you’re traveling or with family all day. Initiate a walk around the block. Go for a bike ride. Stay active even if you don’t get your ‘workout’ time in.:)
2. Food- I know that this is the time of the year where we indulge a little bit. It’s OK. Just don’t overdue it. I was at a party and tasted these amazing, white chocolate, toffee, pure yumminess!!! I totally fell off the wagon and had about twenty! I wish I was exaggerating:( Anyway, what I realized was that there was a very familiar taste to this candy that reminded me of my childhood. I was triggered because I was missing my family and the treat reminded me of that time. I realized it afterward, after it was too late! For me that’s progress because I was able to identify what the trigger was and why I binged. Hopefully, next time I will catch it earlier. It would have been better to realize it, take inventory, be in the moment and accept the feeling of sadness and talk it over with a trusted friend, counselor, prayer, meditation, our private challenge group or whatever it is that helps you. You are not alone. Enjoy your day!
3. Mantra for the day:
Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)