“Om” Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Holidays

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By David Ramoy Ah yes, the holidays are upon us once again. A time for gratitude, spreading joy and spending time with the people we love. The holidays are also the time of finding deals online, getting the right gift, being around people we hold grudges against, spending all your money on people you see twice a year, and my all-time favorite, forcing two, sometimes three or four family visits, into a two day window. Yet despite all the headaches that come with holidays, most of us love them and look forward to it each and every year. So knowing the obstacles that stand in my way of enjoying some hot chocolate on a brisk 62 degree day (Florida winter) and listening to holiday music in my car, I try not to squirm as I transfer some more money from savings to cover the baby swing present for a relative’s baby that I will probably not see until next Christmas! I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a list of ways to stay sane during the holidays. A little wine never hurt anybody. Now I am not encouraging drinking if this is not a part of your lifestyle. In fact I applaud you for finding different outlets to take the holiday edge off. But if you are like me, and every now and then between Thanksgiving week and New Years, another unexpected expense pops up, destinations change suddenly, or this relative refuses to speak with another one, well then, a little wine can go a long way, my friend. There is nothing wrong with listening to a little Bing Crosby White Christmas with a nice glass of pinot drowning out the sounds of holiday drama in the background. Even Santa has a budget Let’s face it, we can easily get wrapped up in the holiday cheer, and nothing says I love you like paying interest. Especially when the bill comes in January and you blame subliminal messages in the holiday music for your over the top philanthropy! Eventually you realize you need to budget, and even learn to love it. By sticking to smart shopping and not going outside your spending limit, you will be surprised of all the great deals you can find, and how much less stressed you become. Imagine that feeling of knowing the exact amount of money you plan on spending for the holidays, and how much is allocated for each person. It may sound challenging in theory, but take it from someone who has gone both routes, and the no excuse budget wins hands down! Don’t fall off the food wagon I love holiday food. I begin looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner in June, and live with the regret of all the leftovers that I couldn’t finish the year before. But what I have learned is not to leave the rest of the holiday season as an excuse to overindulge. Instead, think of the holiday meals and leftovers as a reward for all the work you do during the remainder of the season. Allow yourself to take an extra scoop of mash potatoes, and while you’re at it, throw some stuffing on top during your holidays. But, I encourage you to stick to your guns the remainder of the season! Going into Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah with this type of mindset, you will remember this season with pride knowing you earned your carb coma. The holiday season is my favorite time of year. I will accept all the chaos that comes with it to spend time with my family and friends, listening to Xmas music, telling each other the same stories year after year, and watching the presents being passed around. The rules I am presenting to you are simply a guide to help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest. Remember that this holiday is for you as well, so deck the halls, light the menorah and grab the biggest turkey leg! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Feel free to visit my Power Vinyasa Flow class at The United States of Fitness Wed 7:30p-8:30p Sunday 12p-1:30p Please check out my Facebook page! Go With The Flow Yoga Or feel free to contact me directly at Davidramoy@gmail.com