I’m going to assume that you said drinking wine because this is the holiday’s right! There are going to be some holiday parties, family dinners, and girl’s nights that call for celebration. Wine will compliment the occasions and stepping on the scale the next morning might not.
Here is my advice, enjoy yourself and don’t feel guilty about it by weighing in.
I don’t get why we beat ourselves up over a glass of wine. Then again, if we are beating ourselves up over a glass of wine, I don’t think it’s just the wine. Am I right? It’s a whole bunch of other stuff too. Much easier to blame the wine but I have a feeling it’s the victim of some other crimes.
Women get so surprised when I tell them I drink wine. I quickly respond, “I married an Italian, I don’t have a choice”. But in reality, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. There are some habits out there far worse.
What we should really be looking at is the big picture. What other habits do we have in our lives that do or do not support the life we can be proud of.
I have 7 Daily Habits that I practice everyday, especially around the holiday’s that allow me to feel my best. So when someone gasps at the fact I am a Wine-O, I simply share what other practices I am proud of. I hope you will read some of these habits and decide to join me. Life is too short and full of so many wonderful experiences; we have to enjoy it.
1. Besides wine, I only drink water. Sodas, sugary drinks, tonics, sports drinks, those are worse than wine. I stay super hydrated especially in the colder months when there are more germs going around and more wine to be drunk. We have to stay hydrated! 3-4 Liters a day is my goal!
2. Give at least 3 hugs a day. It releases feel good hormones because it’s an expression of love, touch and connection! If we don’t have those emotions happening on a daily basis we tend to pull away from others and disconnect. Don’t do it! Hug more!
3. Read or listen to 10 minutes of positive and inspiring writing daily. Nobody wakes up in a good mood everyday! Not even me. I have days when I don’t feel like working out, checking email, or feel like being kind to my husband! What saves me are the words and inspiration of others. My commitment to personal development changes my mindset and puts me on track. I can’t imagine only listening to my voices everyday. This habit is a must.
4. Eat Superfoods and extra Greens daily. I eating clean healthy foods for the most part but I love a scoop of buttery mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. However, I NEVER MISS having my Shakeology and my scoop of greens in the morning. It’s the extra things we do for our body that allow us to feel great. Nobody is perfect, we just do our best.
5. Sleep 8 hours a night. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Sleep is actually more important for our body and health than exercise. If you want to test that theory out, I encourage it.
6. Stretch and Exercise for at least 10 minutes everyday. It might be a bike ride to the bank, a run to the beach, a set of push ups and squats, a yoga class or whatever, but I get this body moving and stretching afterwards everyday. It improves my mood, my mindset and my muscles.
7. I don’t weigh myself! Don’t’ even own a scale as a matter of fact. I mean seriously, what is the scale going to tell me that my mirror or clothes can’t. I might make some enemies right now but I also might save someone as well. It’s worth the risk. Why is weighing ourselves daily a bad idea? The scale tends to bring us on an emotional rollercoaster that may dictate our behavior and affect our mood depending on if we gain or lose even 1 pound. If we gain 1 pound, we might slash calories the next day and start putting ourselves down. This actually increases stress and slows down the metabolism all at once. If we lose 1 pound we feel great and tend to treat ourselves to a day off of exercise, an extra serving of mashed potatoes and this type of rewarding is a bad habit to adopt. Plus, we don’t know what 1-pound actually means on the scale. It could be excess water or dehydration from the day, we haven’t visited the bathroom yet, or we ate some high sodium foods! If at all possible, avoid the stress and emotional rollercoaster by ditching the scale. Practice daily habits that support the life we can be proud of and we won’t need a scale to tell us how we are doing.