I had the pleasure of getting out of town last week.
Got to go to Mexico for a much needed vacation last week. Special Lady Friend and I been busting our asses the last, I don’t know, couple of decades; so we got out of town for a bit. I brought my laptop with me with full expectations of writing some super-deep fitness/life philosophy related opus-HEY! IS THAT CUBAN RUM? Yes please!
I got a little distracted. I didn’t break that laptop out once. I slacked off like a champ, gave it 110%, I left it all on the hammock.
And it's not a bad thing at all. Easy to say, right? But here's the thing, in my 15 year or so practice, I can't tell you how many times I've been confessed to (People seem to do that to trainers, even if they're not your client!) about how bad people feel about taking time for themselves. As if you don't deserve it. Of course, it's usually the people that work the hardest that feel the most guilt. It's a work ethic thing I guess. It's the way a lot of us were raised. Not necessarily a bad thing, the instinct to work hard will almost never lead you astray. I have to admit, with a growing business, I found myself feeling very anxious from time to time during this trip, about calls I could make, emails, visits, marketing and so on. The kicker is that, being on vacation, I had a whole bunch more time to be anxious about stuff. Cuban rum (And Picadillo! Sending the recipe on my email newsletter!), and the smell of the ocean, is very effective in curing those feelings, temporarily at least. But what I had to do was to let myself relax and be in the moment. I had to give myself permission.
And you have to give yourself permission to enjoy yourself. Especially during this holiday season. Yeah, you have to be cognizant of what's going in your gullet, but you can't let your holiday season be ruined by calorie counting or guilt for indulging. This is a time for family and friends, and yes, eating and drinking. So eat and drink, how you always should: Without guilt or remorse and in the moment. Keep in mind that being cognizant of what you're doing does not imply a feeling of guilt or punishment.
I hope you guys have a great holiday. To quote the famous philosopher Rick James: It's a Celebration! Enjoy yourself!
Talk to you guys soon!