Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
We’ve all heard that old cliché at some point or another, and most of us can attest to its truth. Whether it’s an athletic competition, a musical performance, a school or college assignment, or a myriad of other important life events, if we don’t take the time to adequately prepare ourselves, both physically and mentally, we can pretty much expect things to quickly go awry. When it comes to the necessity of preparation, there is no difference between living our keto lifestyle and other major undertakings which need our time and attention. Preparation is the key to success in all our endeavors.
We all know the holiday biggies are coming up. Regardless of religion, of lack thereof, there are some major celebrations heading our way and it is imperative that we are preparing ourselves now to maintain our keto lifestyle all the way through.
Let’s be honest here: if you don’t have a plan for making it through all the parties, shopping, and festivities, you are absolutely, 100% setting yourself up to cave in to temptation. There are going to be your old favorite treats shoved under your nose, there will be friends or relatives that simply don’t understand and will pressure you to take that “one bite” that they promise won’t hurt…..and we all know where that leads. One bite becomes a meal becomes a day, becomes a week, becomes a month, becomes (heaven forbid!) years of putting off your health and wellness goals. If you haven’t prepared yourself to deal with all this, and you don’t have a plan in place for keeping keto over the holidays, you’ve already got one foot on the slide back into carb-filled oblivion.
Your health doesn’t take a holiday. Your body doesn’t care that it’s Christmas. Cheating WILL hurt you, and if you dive into the carbage just because it’s “eating season,” or you didn’t want to look out of place, or you’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, you’re sacrificing your health and your body for little “mouth parties” (thank you, Coach Kimmi!) and some temporary convenience. And, of course, if you do it this time, guess what everyone’s going to expect from you on New Year’s? And again in two months at Valentine’s day. And again on St. Patrick’s. And again on Easter. And again, and again, and again.
We here at Ketovangelist want you to know that you, and your health, are worth all the effort it takes to keep on keto-ing on right through the holidays, and we are here to help! Thats why, for the month of December, our coaching team will be spending a lot of time in our Facebook groups talking about various ways to prepare ourselves, and we plan on using the hashtag “your health doesn’t take a holiday” to help you more readily find our tips and tricks. I’m also going to be continuing my series of Carrie Brown holiday recipe reviews, because you guys need to know that there are a plethora of fabulous holiday recipes you can use during your own celebrations that will not only wow your guests, they will also fit flawlessly into your food plan and help you stay on track.
Failure to prepare IS preparing to fail.