Holidays are Coming...
July 11, 2014
We are into or fast approaching that time of year where, for a good many people, the schedules change. It’s time to face the school holidays and deal with the children being home for six weeks; the possibility of extended work hours if you are covering for staff on vacation, or even heading off for a holiday of your own.
Changes to our schedule can throw us off kilter. Our normal routine is put aside and we have to factor in new circumstances, if only temporarily, and it’s times like this when planning and preparation are even more important. It’s so easy to decide “I haven’t got time” or “just for this week” or “I’ll put it on hold” because other elements of your life have changed… But it’s so very important to strike a balance.
Yes it may be harder to plan and prepare, to schedule weight loss and exercise into your day, but it is essential. If nothing else it teaches you to be creative and flexible and - as I’ve said in previous thoughts - that is the key to long-term success.
It has been documented that (apart from when we experience “major” life upheaval) that we generally have 40 weeks of the year where we have a “routine”, whether you are single or in a relationship; have children or not; work or don’t currently have what society would consider “ a job” For 40 weeks of the year (give or take the odd hour/day) we timetable our lives in pretty much the same way - It’s our routine. It allows us to deal with everything we need to deal with… it keeps track of what we have done and what is still “pending and we do it without thinking.
But that means for 12 weeks of the year our schedule is thrown “out of kilter”, often through our own doing (actually booking Two Whole Weeks In The Sun!!!) or through the actions of others (My “counterpart” is taking a three week break in the Maldives...I’m not jealous). My “office life “ is going to get CRAZY!... (and may well find its way into further musings…)
So at times like this it’s REALLY IMPORTANT to remember why you signed up for WLR; to remind yourself that “you” are the only “You” you have and to make yourself a high priority.
It may mean setting the alarm 30 minutes early to make sure you prepare your lunch and contingency evening meal if you suspect you might be doing “extended hours”. It may mean having conversations with friends and family and asking them to help you out so that you can still focus on what is important to you, as well as accommodating the needs of others during the “holiday madness”; it may be taking time to consider all the possible “dangers” of your holiday in terms of your long-term weight loss plan… “Happy Hour” cocktails are fine in moderation, but if you spend the entire two weeks downing Mohitos; Manhattans and Malibu-and-Pineapple… well… I don’t need to tell you what that might do to your weight loss plans. (Particularly if the place that you are partaking does a nice line in free salted nuts/pretzel/bar snacks… Before you know it you can easily eat your body weight in salted cashews… trust me… I’ve been there!).
As you face changes to your timetable it really is worth taking time to give it some thought – to mentally work your way through your schedule for the next week/fortnight/month; flag up any potential areas that may be detrimental to your WLR journey; plan, prepare and prioritise; accept that you can’t cover every eventuality but be confident that you have most of it under control…
And finally… give yourself a huge pat on the back for being able to cope when schedules change; routines vary and demands on you grow… Flexibility is the key to a successful WLR journey (and life generally).
Have a wonderful weekend
With a hug
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