Take The Pledge to NOT Give Up on Yourself this Holiday Season

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2 Months

10 Weeks

63 Days

That’s how many days there are from Halloween to the New Year. This year I’m making a pledge to myself to not give up on me. That means continuing to do my best to eat healthy, exercise somewhat regularly, and most importantly, not lose sight of the big picture because I’m stressing over unimportant details.

During this time of year I have, like everyone else, way too many parties to count, in addition to dealing with work. Usually the first thing to give is me. Not this year. I’m making a plan and sticking to it!

Promise #1: Live by the 80-20 Rule, not the All or Nothing Rule. It’s so easy (at least for me) to just throw in the towel by Thanksgiving and say I’ll reboot January 2. I have been working hard and moving at a turtle’s pace to lose the baby weight and get myself healthy. I refuse to flush it all down the toilet this season.

Promise #2: Keep Drinking ALL the Water. In the summer I have no problem drinking my water and staying hydrated, but come the school year, I get into coffee overload mode. I have learned for my body to be at its peak I need to drink my water with lemon.

Promise #3: Minimal Late Nights. For me, bedtime is usually between 9 and 10 p.m. During the holidays it can easily creep to 11 p.m. or later. Even though I will have some days off, it’s really not best for me because my kids never sleep in….NEVER.

Promise #4: Give Myself Grace. Recently there’s been a lot of airtime on my Instagram feed spent on the idea of giving yourself grace. I can’t think of a more perfect time of year to start doing it. In fact, it’s my gift to myself this holiday season. Giving myself grace allows me to enjoy the moments without stressing over perfection.

These four promises will hopefully allow me to start 2019 in a position of joy, rather than exhaustion, full of hope instead of depression, and most importantly, with many happy memories.

Will you be taking the pledge not to give up on yourself this holiday season? If so, share your promises, because once it’s written down, you’re more likely to accomplish it.

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Maria is a full-time mom, teacher, wife, daughter, and sister, who feels pulled in too many directions! Her older son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at six-months-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, shrimp, and wheat…all after exclusively nursing because she was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. Luckily at age 1, he began to outgrow some of his allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow because that plus a husband who doesn’t eat any veggies and Maria always battling her weight makes for three meals to prepare every night. Luckily, Christopher, her younger son, is a cooperative eater! As someone who has always been committed to making positive change, Maria uses her privilege and position as an educator and mom to work toward a most anti-racisit, equitibile, and inclusive world. Recently, Maria has even started getting up at 5am to workout in her basement. (Thank you pandemic living!) She is addicted to reading chicklit on her Kindle app in the dark, most Trader Joe’s products, and watching TikToks.

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