Did everyone have a great 4th of July??
I think was the first year that I didn’t go to or have a party where there were fireworks. We had a party, just the 3 of us!
Baby D’s bedtime is 8:30, so we put him down around then with the sound machine going full blast.
Our neighbors had a huge party where there were beautiful fireworks. We loved them, but inside we were both praying that it didn’t wake the baby.
He slept like a rock. Thank goodness!
Parents and parents-to-be: buy a sound machine. Best thing ever!
All weekend long, I pretty much didn’t take many pictures. We just enjoyed the holiday weekend, relaxed, and hung out with friends. That made me think of the holiday mindset.
During any holiday, we tend to relax and enjoy ourselves. Pumpkin and pecan pie at Thanksgiving, Christmas cookies, chocolates at New Years, hot dogs and hambergers on the 4th of July… the list can go on and on. We enjoy ourselves!
Then, I start hearing this… “come Monday- I’m hitting the gym! I have to burn off those calories!”
We take it as punishment. We think of food and enjoying ourselves as a felony and the gym and exercising as our punishment for our crime.
(I watch way too many cop shows…)
I say we start thinking of this in a different manner. Why don’t we think of holidays as times to enjoy and the days after as times to…. enjoy?
Why can’t we just go back to normal? So maybe you did over do it on 2 heaping plates of hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob this weekend? You will probably eat less this week due to that. And if you don’t, does that make you less of a person?
Absolutely not. We don’t deserve to beat ourselves up for living. We make the best choices we can make, enjoy ourselves, and move on.
Life is about living, not restricting or constantly punishing ourselves.
So you outdid it this weekend? Make healthier choices this week, move your body, and things will even out.
I promise you don’t have to be at odds with yourself every holiday season.
No one gets to the end of their life and says…. man, I should have run 3 more miles after 4th of July 2014.
No, we get to the end of our lives and we remember the fun and the good times we share with the people we care about.
Now, go have a Marvelous Monday– you deserve it!
How did you enjoy yourself this weekend?
What is your favorite holiday food? Mine is hands down my family’s honey baked beans at Thanksgiving and Christmas.