Okay, so you over-indulged during the holiday season. You ate one too many Christmas cookies, drank too much egg nog…whatever the case may be, you totally veered off the designated path that you have been on all of this time. All those days, weeks and months of working out and watching your food portions now feel as though it’s all gone down the drain.
Fret not, you can and WILL get back on track! I know that feeling and am experiencing some of that myself right now. But, don’t wait until January 1st, start today. Personally, I don’t believe in making New Year’s Resolutions, they are just over-rated. In my opinion of course. There’s nothing wrong with making goals for yourself, but using just one day, a whole new year to make that happen is silly. You can change your life at any time. There’s no need to wait for January 1st.
I began my re-routing to my path this past Sunday. I woke up and said, “no more” to the holiday sugary cookies and too many carb-laden snacks and goodies. I feel as though I need to get myself back to where I began marathon training before I allow myself a lot of slack again. For example, instead of taking a cheat day on Saturday as I’ve been doing for the last 3-4 years, I am going to have a cheat meal or treat. So, after my 23 mile training run, I will allow myself to have a Starbucks Frappaccino, and that’s it. This way, I am giving myself something to look forward to after such a long run, but at the same time, I won’t erase all of the benefits of the calories I’ve burned during that workout.
For me, it’s about looking back to where I came from. That means going back in time to 2008 when I started to change my life forever and drop the weight. By August and the tail end of 2009, I was in a good, healthy and happy place. It’s that feeling, that place that I want to get back. For me, that’s where I will be working to get myself back to. Marathon training has sort of become a “cushion” of comfort the last year and while I’m happy with my running, it has also been just that, a “cushion.” It has allowed me to slowly put on a few extra pounds that I’d rather not have.
Everyone is different though. What is healthy and comfortable for me, may not be what is for you. We all need to get to a healthy place in our health and fitness, no matter what that means for each person. I just know that poor eating and not taking care of yourself isn’t good for anyone. Find your happy, healthy and fit place.
That said, what are your goals, fitness and health-wise for 2015? Have you already started working toward them like I have? We can help keep one another encouraged and motivated through the journey!