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Beginning with Halloween, then weeks until Thanksgiving, with a barrage of parties until the celebration of Christmas and then New Years. Once that New Years hits though, there is a renewed interest in self and health.
Ironically, there is almost a multiple personality approach to the holiday season that many adopt. This can be equated to the three-legged stool. One leg is the victim approach to the holidays where we are simply subject to the pressures of the season. Another leg represents the desire to just be present allow ourselves to enjoy this time with family, or this point in our children’s lives. The third leg is the communal understanding of these pressures and we support one another in our “bad” behaviors, because everyone is doing it.
We may be enjoying ourselves, our family, and our experiences only to be snapped back to diet culture. There are constant pulls back to the weight or food intake guilt like when our clothes are a little tight, or someone brings something delicious that we want to eat (but can’t bring ourselves to), or when conversations turn to how much weight someone has lost, and so on.
Is there a physical feat you would like to accomplish?
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