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Holiday Fitness Tip: Just Say "No." | Davey Wavey Fitness


Holiday Fitness Tip: Just Say “No.”

Carlos Freire: Someone to whom I'd definitely say "yes."

I’m a big fan of saying “YES!” to life. But that doesn’t mean saying “yes!” to everything that comes along with it. It’s important to be the best version of yourself – and that doesn’t happen when you’re over-committed and stretched too thin.

With the holidays around the corner, striking a balance and keeping yourself prioritized can be a real challenge. But to that end, saying “no” can be a powerful way to make everything a little easier.

Diane Petrella, a friend of mine who happens to be a spiritual weight release coach (check out the wonderful resource that is Diane’s website), recently touched on the topic in one of her newsletters:

As simplistic as this may sound, putting yourself first this holiday season, and always, ensures that you remain happy, healthy and strong.

I’m not referring to a self-righteous, entitled sense of doing for yourself at the expense of anyone else. I’m referring to valuing the importance of honoring your needs. When you adopt this attitude, you not only have the energy and happiness to fuel yourself, you’re better able to be there for others.

Saying “no” gets easier with practice – and it need not be rude or abrasive. Just politely decline any requests that don’t serve your highest good, and know that your decision is in the best interest of everyone.

The fitness and nutrition implication is a strong one. Diane writes:

When you put yourself first by learning to say “no” and setting loving boundaries on your time and responsibilities, you honor your needs. And when you honor your needs, you’re less apt to feel resentment, frustration and anger which often triggers emotional eating.

As the holiday season quickly approaches – and as our schedules get all the tighter – put the power of “no” to work for you. By doing so, you’ll have the energy and balance to navigate this holiday season with ease and grace.

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Comments

  1. I’ll admit that this is a dangerous time of the year for me! I usually go into “hibernate” mode and curl up with a series of good books for the winter. I also partake in all the Xmas pies and cookies and candies. This year, I intend to allow myself some desserts on the actual holidays, but that’s it!

  2. It’s amazing how easily we forget all of the hard work we have done when the Holidays get here. I don’t want to use the Holidays as an excuse to overheat and not work out. I love the Holidays. It’s just a matter of keeping what’s best for us in mind. Great post!

  3. Danilo Carrera says:

    very true!! and thanks for this reminder!! I used to lose around 80 pounds!! ive been going out of my country Ecuador (South america just in case someone doesnt know LOL)since july to china, USA and INdia so I have not been able to work out properly and Ive been eating a little to much!! so thanks!!!

  4. Just say ‘no?’
    Will it be easier if I become a Republican?

  5. christopher says:

    well-i tried this just last year.and it worked.i live near Chicago.at least 1 to 2 times per week i visit a German Christmas Market-and goodies galore.i buy a sample size of Euro-chocolate-and a mug of hot mulled spicy wine-gluehwein.that seems to satisfy my urge.my plan worked-end result-i gained no weight over the holidays.have a plan-plan in advance-stick to it.no deviations-work out daily-success can be achieved.

  6. Sometimes No is the hardest thing to say. But once you get past the uncomfortable part, you’ll feel good about yourself and the decision that you made. I like that you clarified that it shouldn’t be from a self-centered part of you, rather a place of common-sense.

  7. Holidays are dangerous. My plan is to lose 40lbs by June. So far Ive lost 7.
    My thoughtsare don’t deprive, just eat 1/2 a serving. Be mindful of what you eat and continue to exercise …whatever that may be for each individual. Best of luck to all.