What’s the big deal about New Year’s?

New Year’s is a lot of pressure. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the holiday it’s just that the expectations that come with it are crazy.

Take New Year’s Eve- I don’t know about you but in the past I’ve ran around like a maniac searching for the perfect dress, (the one that will camouflage the extra Christmas poundage, make me feel sexy, and cost less than $100) googled the best venues in town and paid an exorbitant amount for a ticket that includes a tiny glass of champagne, a cover band that is happy this is the one night of the year they’re guaranteed work, and a plastic horn that makes one of the most annoying sounds known to man. Then I was always disappointed when at the end of the night nothing magical happened, and I almost lost a toe due to frostbite while waiting for a cab in shoes that aren’t meant for dancing or freezing cold weather.

Fortunately my expectations lessened after having children and now when we can get a babysitter on New Year’s and go out I will gladly dance to that cheesy band and smile through the pain of tortured feet for time alone with my husband. It’s a little thing I like to call perspective.

Then there’s New Year’s Day which comes most often with a hangover, a bucket of regret and a pile of argh resolutions.  But that’s the ugly…now for the good.

  1. 1.       It’s a fresh start

New Year’s is like clean powdery virgin white snow untouched by salt, pollution, and dog pee.

  1. 2.       Renewed hope-that this year will be the year.

Hope that this is the year we accomplish our goals whether it be weight loss and getting back into those skinny jeans or publishing that novel (Ahem! Please 2015!)

  1. 3.       It’s a kick in the pants

What I mean by that is like it or not the New Year does tend to spur us into action and that is a good thing.

Okay but here’s the other side. The bad.

Beating ourselves up when falling off the proverbial wagon

It’s a new YEAR’s resolution people not a month! That means a whole year to accomplish whatever resolution or goals you set up. So why is by January 15th when we haven’t met whatever almost impossible challenge we have set up for ourselves that we give up, falling into a shame spiral that ends with chocolate cake and a promise for next year? (I am talking about myself here but the “we” makes me feel better.)

And finally: putting it all into perspective                                         

It didn’t take a month to get a closet filled with clothes you can’t wear. Your basement didn’t get crammed to the rafter’s with everyone’s junk (again talking about me) in a month, it took time and it will take time to undo these things. This New Year’s, let’s give ourselves a break. I know I’m going to try- or at least I’m going to add it to my list of resolutions.

Happy 2015 everyone!

How do you feel about New Year’s? What are some of your New Year’s resolution successes and fails? Come on share!

About the Author

Lisa Van Meeteren is the mother of two children, ages 5 and 9. She works as a copywriter and has just completed a novel!

Happy New Year!

This past month was full of wonderful holiday happenings.

Party on!

We had a fabulous Christmas party- filled with food, fun & games.  It was full of cheer and good tidings and was a great way to kick off the holidays! Thank you to The Social Committee for throwing such a great bash!

 Healthy treat…it’s not an oxymoron anymore!

The Health & Wellness committee challenged the staff to create the best healthy treat! The winner was a Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart from oh she glows.  The vegan, gluten-free, grain-free recipe can be found here.

That’s a wrap!

The Community Relations Committee organized staff volunteers to gift wrap at Mapleview Mall in support of Mac Kids.

We sent our elves packing

We said goodbye to our little elves, Candy & Cane on Christmas Eve.  We’ll miss seeing them around the office but know that they are back safe and sound with Santa.

Wishing you & yours all the best in 2015.

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Are you hoping to get through the holiday season without gaining that pound or two? Though it may not sound like much consider this: the entire obesity crisis could be avoided if we lost one pound per year instead of gaining it. That one pound gained per year eventually leads us to the 10 pounds we put on per decade. That weight is often acquired during the holidays. The trick is to either manage it wisely and/or drop it immediately in January. This way you can still, quite literally, have your cake and eat it to.

On the management end, here are three easy weight loss tips to prevent the problem:

  • Increase physical activity during the holiday week(s) by 15 minutes each day. A skipping rope does wonders. Really! Clear a space and skip for 5 minutes in the am. You will rev up your metabolism which will not only help you burn excess calories-it will also give you more energy. To skip properly, flick your wrists and keep your hands close to your hips. Hop on your toes and don’t let your heels touch the ground.
  • Drink more water to fill you up. Herbal tea is a great way to go, adding flavour, nutrients and warmth. Omit all liquid calories: no lattes with caramel or pop. That could cut 300-500 calories per day depending upon your current habit. Spend those on your extra holiday treats and you will be further ahead.
  • Eat more fiber to make you feel full and able to resist temptation. Try adding chia to breakfast, it can go in yogurt, on eggs or spread into peanut butter without even being noticed.

Your cheat sheet for eating at holiday sit down dinners:

  • Fill up on a plate of green vegetables, broth based soup or salad before you go to any party. Dialing down impulses is the best way to start.
  • Avoid the chips, nuts, sweets that are placed around for your fattening pleasure.  Position your body away from the tempting table.
  • Stand next to the veggies and dip that you brought yourself.
  • For full meals, fill your plate with protein and “un-fatted” vegetables first.
  • Truly enjoy only a tablespoon of the dangerous dudes:
    • Mashed squash
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Buttered carrots
    • Stuffing
    • Any “casserole” type dish
    • Gravy
    • Cheese sauce
    • Salad dressing

 

  • Wait an hour to be sure you actually want dessert then serve yourself a small piece rather than accepting what you are handed by the hostess.

The holidays “done right” will allow you to taste your way through some delicious fun without doing yourself in. The holidays “done wrong” will cause you to gain an extra couple of pounds to lose on top of the few you picked up and forgot about last year.

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