I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend. Most of mine was taking up being stuck at home while Aubrey attempted to fix the van.

Pounding out the plastic has taken many more hours than originally anticipated. I feel so bad that Aubrey is having to spend so much of his four-day weekend attempting to put the van back together. Especially when the whole thing could have been avoided, but that’s a whole other annoyance.

I had fun eating so much yummy food on Thanksgiving including the few leftover pumpkin bars.

I have been slowly getting back into my usual routine. And since I haven’t posted a Melting Monday since the first one I did (coincidentally on the last holiday), I thought this would be a good time to talk about routines and folly of “diets.”

Getting back into my usual routine can make me feel great at first. I get so excited to know that I’m going to feel better and have more energy. But then, I find I get stuck into ruts. Doing different things is exciting! Who wants to be stuck with the same thing again and again? People want excitement!

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I think a lot of people go on diets and eat the same boring, bland foods over and over until they go insane. Then they rebel by stuffing themselves with as much junk as possible.

And this is exactly why diets don’t work for the long term. When you “diet” you start to feel deprived and then you want to reward yourself for all of your hard work. And a little bit isn’t enough. You want to eat and eat and eat!

Thus, the yo-yo cycle begins again. I used to overeat at the holidays and then beat myself up for days afterwards. Eating way less and binge-exercising to sweat those extra calories away. There’s certainly nothing healthy about that. And this year I decided I was absolutely done with food guilt. I enjoyed every single bite. Even though I ate more than my stomach was quite happy with, it was absolutely delicious. And being thankful for everything is what the holiday is about anyway. Not guilt. Especially not family guilt.

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But sometimes I worry that I won’t be able to always keep the weight off. Many years ago I went on the Slim-Fast diet and lost twenty pounds during one summer. Too bad I gained those twenty pounds back and gained another twenty on top of them.

And that just goes back to my original point. Deprivation just doesn’t work. While I happen to like the comfort of being in a rut at first, eventually I know I’ll crave something more exciting. I mean it’s not like we’re talking about my wardrobe here. That’s a rut I’m not trying to get out of anytime soon.

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So what to do?

Treat the holidays just like any other day. Many people do this with great results. They eat a sane amount of higher calorie foods and get right back on track. These people are the ideal. These people are soooo not me.

Remember that diets don’t work. Get perspective on a healthy lifestyle. If you generally live a healthy lifestyle, a couple of days of eating more than usual is not going to undo all of that. Stay active, eat well, and don’t smoke!

Get out of your comfort zone. Try something new! A new craft, a new recipe, a new way home, whatever you want. This doesn’t have to be something completely crazy, just something to shake up your routine so you don’t go stir crazy.

Count your blessings. Chances are you feel down when you think you’re being deprived of something. Remind yourself of how much you have and express your gratitude for it. Remember that there are plenty of good tasting foods that are also good for you.

Spend more time with others. Don’t sit alone and wallow in your own thoughts. Call a friend, hug someone, spend some quality time with people you love. They’ll remind you that there is more to life.

Ha! You thought I had something else. Okay, okay, one last thing. Don’t get too wrapped in other’s advice, even mine! If something doesn’t work for you, try something else. There are so many tips out there and I truly think the reason is because everyone is different. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. Experiment!

Remember that you are worth it! Treat yourself like the amazing person that you are. And cut out that negative self-talk. The often-said advice is true: If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. There is absolutely nothing gained by beating yourself up or feeling guilty.

I saw this on Chelsey’s blog and I think it fits perfectly.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips that work for you?