In an old interview, Chase asked Mike Vacanti, “What do you think is the biggest pitfall people need to think about and be aware of this holiday season?” His response holds true just as much now as it did back then.
First of all, the biggest detractor has to be inadequate planning. The saying “failing to plan is planning to fail” definitely holds true.
And along those lines, you need to be wary of setting too high of expectations. This isn’t a matter of being negative and lowering your expectations. Rather, you need to realize the difficulty of maintaining certain habits in these situations in situations. How realistic is it going to be to completely adhere to a strict diet during the holidays?
You’ll loosen up at certain moments– and how you respond to that is incredibly important. Don’t set yourself up for failure by getting unhinged from a little bit of holiday overeating. Likewise, don’t exclude yourself from partaking in the festivities at all.
Give yourself leeway. If you slip just a bit, put it behind you. Don’t let it hold you back.
And finally– don’t weigh yourself after these events! A lot of people get too swayed by the scale, but for the sharp ones out there, you got to realize these fluctuations aren’t going to be permanent. Don’t let it completely derail you.