It’s easy to break boundaries on holidays and vacations because we have all kinds of things working against us: We’re out of our normal routines. We’re surrounded by people who are pigging out. There’s good food everywhere we look. And we feel like we have a right to eat because, after all, it’s a holiday!
If you want to follow your boundaries during vacations and holidays, you’ll have to be diligent. Here are three strategies you can use to fight holiday/vacation temptation:
- Prepare with truth early in the day. If you’re on vacation, try to do it every morning of your vacation.
- Never go without boundaries. This will help you avoid the “it’s a holiday, I can eat whatever I want syndrome.” If you’re determined to eat more than normal, don’t give up boundaries altogether – just adjust them temporarily. Tell yourself you can eat three meals and two snacks instead of one or 2500 calories instead of 1200. The key is to eat with control and make it through the holiday or vacation without giving in to reckless eating. (And preferably without gaining weight.) Use whatever boundaries will give you the best chance of accomplishing that purpose. Don’t change your boundaries if you think it will mess you up.
- Focus on the people rather than the food. I used to think I couldn’t have fun on holidays or vacations if I couldn’t eat with abandon. In reality, I enjoy them far more if I eat with control. Not to mention the fact that God wants me to focus on loving the people I’m with – not on loving the food I’m with!
Here are some questions you can use to prepare your mind each morning of the holiday or vacation. Try to write out the answers if you can manage it.
Questions for Your Journal
- Do you want to gain, lose, or maintain your weight on this vacation/holiday?
- What will you need to do to accomplish your goal?
- Will eating as much as you want make the vacation/holiday more fun? Explain, taking all factors into consideration.
- What usually happens when you eat as much as you want on holidays and vacations?
- Do you want that to happen?
- Will you need to modify your boundaries during this vacation/holiday to make them easier to follow?
- What do you think would be the most effective boundaries to use?
- Are boundaries easy to follow, or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?
- What will have to give up to follow your boundaries this time?
- What will you gain if you follow your boundaries?
- When you think of what you’ll gain, is it worth the sacrifice?
Note: These questions are from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). If you’d like a 30 day weight loss Bible study, check out Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study.