So I’m in the car yesterday and a commercial starts to play for a local gym. I wish I could find it online to play it for you because I’m not going to do it justice.
Basically the whole premise of the commercial was to completely indulge this holiday season and then vow to “work it off” on January 1.
This is actually on their site:
“stop counting calories. Savor each meal. Don’t just stare at the desserts – order one of everything. Live it up this holiday season by pledging to work it off in January at…”
Let’s just reinforce quite possibly the WORST yo-yo diet-inducing mentality ever and prey on folks’ insecurities to sell gym memberships.
MAN, it makes me SO ANGRY.
Here’s the deal… sure, indulge this holiday. Savor each meal — I TOTALLY AGREE but please don’t go down the all or nothing black hole. Don’t use the holiday as an excuse. Don’t utter the words, “I already ate whatever, I might as well…” and if you think it, catch yourself and say, NO! #wycwyc!
Well, that’s what I do at least.
What’s going to happen? Is everything going to magically change on New Year’s Day?
Really? Did it last year? The year before? How many New Year’s have you fallen for this?
Want to use the New Year for a shot of motivation? By all means DO IT! But there’s absolutely NO reason to throw away the rest of this year, sabotaging yourself and waiting for it.
Why? Why do that anyway? Why start off your new perfect attempt with even more weight and bloat and calories to work off?
Think about it…. It doesn’t even make any sense!
Listen, this weekend I had one too many cookies. I ate a few things I normally wouldn’t have eaten at a party, or two. Geesh, I even baked a cake and enjoyed every icing taste test and a big glass of milk alongside my slice. You know what? Today is a new day and I’m just trucking away like I always do — date at the gym, healthy breakfast, etc.
So yeah, I’m going to indulge. I have no problem in that department, believe me. But I also know the difference between a handful of cookies and an all out, end of year, pity-party-I’m-so-fat-I-might-as-well binge.
Don’t fall for it.
Let’s pledge to stop the diet head games we play on ourselves this holiday season.
It’s all about doing what you can when you can.