Take this QUIZ to find your holiday coping style!

Just kidding. There is no quiz. That's just what you're supposed to say to get someone to click on your link, right? Marketing ploys aside, read on and let me know if you can relate to any of these holiday coping styles. 

It's coming. The season of endless social functions, cocktail gatherings and incessant opportunities to justify your Santa-sized cookie consumption. It always happens, around this same time of year in fact, and yet most of us are completely unable to float through the festivities without gaining the weight of a Thanksgiving turkey (give or take a few pounds). 

You'd think we'd be used to it by now. You'd think we'd have developed skills and habits that allow us to both enjoy and sometimes indulge while still feeling great about ourselves, our bodies and where we're at in perspective of our health and fitness goals. But, no. Each year comes and goes and the New Years resolutions stay the same: "Lose 10 pounds", "Go to the gym", "Eat fewer sweets". I know the drill. 

But I'm here to tell you that you don't have to stay on that hamster wheel. Break free from the coping style that's no longer serving you and try something new - something that works! But before we get into that, let me know which coping style sounds the most like you: 

1. The Resolution Roadie: You love looking to Monday to start something new. There's a thrill to starting with a clean slate, although too bad it never sticks. The holidays are meant to be fun, festive and you're not about to say no to Christmas cake and cocktails. January is right around the corner, you'll start fresh then. It's a New Year! And in the meantime, you'll just wear that cute chunky sweater with those stretchy pants to hide the holiday bloat. 

2. The Justification Junky: It's all about calories, right? So if I'm going to my company Christmas party tonight, I'll just skip lunch...or maybe I'll just eat celery all day so I can afford to eat whatever I want tonight. It's all about balance right? Less good stuff leaves room for more bad stuff. It's the weekend/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years after all. Maybe I'll just have one more drink - one more bite - and then go for a long run tomorrow to burn it all off. 

3. The Sentimental Sap: Cue the nostalgia. The holidays are full of so many special moments and you just can't wait to relive them all. I mean it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the turkey, stuffing mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! And of course, we just HAVE to spend an entire day baking cookies (it's tradition!), keeping dozens in the house pretending we're only going to eat a few. The holidays only come around once a year, and my mother in law would just kill me if I didn't eat her sweet potato casserole (made with more marshmallows than actual potatoes). 

4. The Good-Intentioned Goon: Okay. This year is going to be different. I can't afford to gain weight like I did last year. I can swap those sugar-filled beverages out for seltzer and try to make healthier cookies for the kids...only before you know it, the calendar is full, your healthy swaps are less satisfying and you've resorted to eating the leftover pumpkin pie straight out of the fridge. Better luck next year!

It's no wonder January is most popular time for gym memberships and commercial diets. None of these coping styles leave you where you want to be come January 1st. Does it sound familiar? 

If it does, you're not alone. Many of us survive the holidays by clinging to one (or several) of these coping styles. But what if this year you did more than simply survive? What if you THRIVED? What if you learned healthy habits that applied whether you were eating in or dining out? What if you had a nutritional skill set that allowed you to enjoy holiday treats guilt-free and still make progress toward your goals? 

Sounds pretty perfect, huh? 

If you're ready to try something new this year and feel as though having accountability throughout the holiday season could help you stay on track with your goals, let me know. I'm starting a three month non-New Years Resolution Challenge that kicks off October 15th. This challenge will walk you through the craziest time of the year guilt-free. Show up this holiday season - authentically, intentionally and fully empowered to live the inspired, purposeful life that you crave. Because you can be free in your body, comfortable in your skin and still be in fa-la-la-la love with the holidays. 

Interested? Register using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/IeaNk6xKQeyV09Bh2 

Or drop me a message to start your non-New Years Resolution Challenge!! 

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Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.