“Well, I’m just gonna get started in January, you know, once the holidays are over.”
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it, yeah, a lot.
The New Years Resolution.
The New Years promise to finally “get in shape”, to “lose weight”, and to “get healthier”.
What it might amount to is a fairly guiltless free for all of eating for weeks like a man condemned to the gallows never to see good food again.
Then with a rigid determination come the official first of the year and a stoic do or die approach, you set out to finally lose weight.
All the good foods are gone ( you might have helped eat them to “get them out of the house”) you’ve stocked up on celery and rice cakes and pulled out the Jillian Michaels workout video that you will overdo on and hurt like heck the next day ’cause your body is protesting all that activity. You will hop on the scale looking for it to show some “loss” to reward you for your first hard day of labor and suffering.
Ha.. ok.. I’m messing with you, but maybe you see yourself in there somewhere.
I do. I used a lot of my past to kinda make fun of the predictable behaviors so many go through each year.
Sad thing is, those good intentions, almost never last past that first month.
I just want to encourage you to not wait for the New Year to start focusing on taking care of yourself. Each day is a new opportunity to eat well, and get in some good purposeful movement. I was talking with someone and again the conversation came up that exercise is something our bodies require for health and wellness, not just to be used as a tool to lose weight ( although it helps with that too).
Exercise is crucial to our overall well being! And needless to say, eating well, gives us good energy to move through our day.
I want to challenge you to not wait for 2016 to start making changes, but begin today.
Taking small steps each day will position you to continue forward movement after the holidays are over towards permanent healthy changes.
Can you think of a better way to start off your New Year ?