Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2018! Does anyone else feel refreshed at the start of a year? Or are you like me and feel a major holiday hangover? With all the carbs, sugar, and generally unhealthy food I have been feeling like serious crap! It probably doesn’t help that my schedule has also been way off and working out has been non-existence. All of these have made me feel a bit out of sorts and a bit sluggish. Now, I am not setting a New Year’s resolution, but I do think getting back on track after the holiday season is really important.
When it comes to the New Year we often put too much pressure on this year being the year that we change. We think this will be the year we do x, y, and/or z! Now I’m not saying goals aren’t good and changes are bad, but change comes when you truly commit yourself to something and not feeling pressured that because of a tradition you have to start something new. Instead, we need to examine what changes we can make and sustain.
Why set yourself up for failure? Instead, of making such a large change that is going to be hard to sustain decide to cut out soda, cookies, or whatever change you can make and truly keep? Now, we all make mistakes and are human so you might break down and actually do something you weren’t planning, like eating that cookie one night. That doesn’t mean you stop everything because you enjoyed a cookie one night. Jump right back into it and start fresh. This also means you don’t get to throw a whole day away because you made one bad decision or let yourself indulge for a moment. There is nothing that will send you circling the drain faster then making a decision and then throwing everything else you worked for away instead of jumping back into it immediately. Now is the time to kick that holiday hangover and just kill it at life.
One of my goals during the first month or so of the year is to always get my eating back on track. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I am usually still craving quite a few treats during January so I try to make better decisions on those sweet treats. I also try to slowly get myself back into my workout schedule. I don’t put too much pressure on losing 10 lbs or getting to some goal instead I try to get my body back into the swing of things. Instead of putting that pressure on myself I try to really listen to my body and push myself in small ways to do better.
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