Happy Halloween!! But is it really “happy”?! For me it is! I LOVE HALLOWEEN! And even though I’m a bit of a health and fitness nut, I’m here to tell you to STOP HIDING from the treats you love this Halloween!
When you’re dieting and/or on a weight loss journey holidays can be downright terrifying. On Halloween we are surrounded by treats galore – candy corn, caramel apples, pumpkin beer, cider, etc…. most health and fitness gurus/enthusiasts will write blog posts this time of year with titles such as, “10 Tips to Stay on Track During Halloween” and “How to Avoid Halloween Temptations” – not this girl!! I’m here to tell you to JUST ENJOY! (But of course get back on track tomorrow☺)
Last year during this time I was doing Weight Watchers and I participated in a weekly Wednesday night Twitter Weight Watchers chat. The Wednesday before Halloween all we did was talk about how we were going to stay within our points and “be good” on Halloween – it was kind of a depressing chat to be perfectly honest – people were really, really dreading the October 31st temptations they’d be facing. When Halloween came I felt so tormented by all of the yummy treats that I wanted, I couldn’t enjoy anything….and when I did slip a few pieces of candy I FELT AWFUL about doing it, like I had failed myself, and I failed the plan, and my willpower just wasn’t strong enough. This sent me into a downward spiral of negative self-talk that threw me off entirely for a couple of days. I figured, since I had “cheated” on Halloween that I should just eat whatever I wanted for the next couple of days because “it didn’t matter I had already failed.” I ate out of emotion because I felt “bad” and guilty. It was just terrible.
This time, I’ve been following the 21 Day Fix nutrition and exercise program since July 28th. I get in the 30 min workouts 6 or 7 times/week, I’ve been eating healthy and minding my portions and through doing so I’ve been losing weight and getting lean and strong! And you know what?! This year I’m going to freakin’ enjoy Halloween!! I’m not going to figure out how many calories I’ve consumed in mini-Snickers. I’m not going to trade in my yellow containers for wine – I will have the pumpkin beer. I am coloring outside the lines of the 21 Day Fix meal plan today and I DON’T CARE. I’m going to love every second of it, I’m going to love myself and tomorrow I’ll be happy (okay maybe I’ll have a bit of a tummy ache) but I won’t be feeling guilty, I won’t feel like I “cheated”, I won’t feel bad about anything – I’ll be ready to get my workout in and get back to eating healthy. One day is not going to derail all of the hard work I’ve been putting in if I don’t let it!!
So enjoy today! Celebrate a fun holiday with friends and family, let yourself live, do what you want to do – have your candy and eat it, too!! Happy Halloween!Let's Connect!
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