Ahhhh. Happy New Year, friends! I can’t believe it’s 2012! Wow. Time flies.
I guess this is the post where I reflect on this past year, or talk about my resolutions…
What a year it was.
I’m not going to reflect though.
The highlight of my year can be summed up with one photo…
That little lady started crawling on new year day! I can’t believe she is going to be 8 months old on Wednesday. This needs to slow down.
Resolutions? I don’t make them. I’m also not going to give you the whole spiel about how to “get in shape” or “lose weight” and the “new year, new” you etc. etc. etc.
[Wait…random ridiculous question that doesn’t go with this post… isn’t the world supposed to end or something this year?]
Anyway…Let’s talk about commitments.. And not just because it’s early January.
The beginning of a new year is a good time to make certain commitments to yourself. It’s great to set goals of things you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. I don’t think that it should stop and start in January though. It should start anytime you feel ready to make a change and it should never stop.
As far back as I can remember, the Monday after new years day was the single most annoying time to go to the gym. Nine years ago, before I was a personal trainer I used to go to the gym in the evening. That Monday after was insanity. My gym would run some special for memberships, people would come all hyped up about getting in shape, along with the rest of us that at too many cookies and couldn’t wait to workout. It was just a mob scene. You couldn’t get on a machine and you had 30% of the gym filled with people who didn’t know proper gym etiquette. It would be like that for about two weeks. Then it would quiet down. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe some people went at it too hard and after a heavy dose of DOMS they decided to quit. Maybe they were mostly coming on a 2 week pass and decided to join another gym? Maybe a bunch of current members were trying to get their friends and family into fitness and they lost interest after a few workouts? I really can’t speak for everyone.
To this day, it’s still madness at my health club. Michael still goes on Monday nights [I usually go in-between clients during the day] and he always reports the craziness to me.
I think January 1st is a popular time to make these weight lose commitments because
A. you are coming off of a month of constant eating, parties, and so on. We all feel like big blobs by January 1 so it’s easy to get motivated to put the fork down and get your butt in the gym.
B. It’s a few months before the weather breaks and you realize you have to fit into your shorts.
*****What inspires/motivates you each day?*******
I think it’s great when people want to make commitments to live a healthier lifestyle. I just think that it’s easy to fall off the wagon this time of year. You need to find constant inspiration. Find things that motivate you every day, and don’t let little setbacks push you to give up.
I’ll be honest here, I ate cookies or some form of dessert just about every day for the past 2 weeks. I’m not talking about a little cookie or two, I’m talking, well, just don’t judge me.
I did however cut back on the portions of my meals and made sure I fit in some gym time, even if it was a short HIIT workout several times a week. It wasn’t the most nutritional and healthy way to be with all that sugar, but it is what it is. It happens.I’m not going to go on some juice cleanse or starve myself now. I’m just going to go back to normal eating. I’ll have one cookie instead of five
All kidding aside, my point of telling you that was I am not going to let my poor nutrition these past couple of weeks sabotage my progress. I realize it was the holidays and once a year for 2 weeks I go overboard with the desserts. It’s not going to kill me. It’s not the end of the world. I know how bad sugar is for me, and I know I don’t eat like that all of the time.
Today is a new day and so is tomorrow. I’m committed to my health. I will continue to be committed. Being healthy to me is having a few weeks like that and being able to move on from it; exercise regularly, but not like a maniac. Eat healthy foods that make me feel great, but don’t starve myself on some crazy “fast” or “cleanse”.
Many times we beat ourselves up for overindulging over the holidays and go to an extreme as a means to reverse it. That, my friends, is how we get stuck in a never-ending cycle of broken resolutions.
The best thing you can do all year is not make resolutions. Make commitments to love yourself every day. Be good to yourself, and think about the things that make you happy and make you feel your best. What better choices can you make year-round? Avoid poor choices, but if you make them learn how to move on and make a better choice at your next meal. Keep reminding yourself how good you feel when you care for yourself.
And remember…you will hardly ever regret a workout.
What commitments am I/have I constantly been making through the years?
I have the fitness thing down, but I have been committing to trying new things. I’ve been going to power yoga for a few months now and I keep spicing up my own workouts in the gym. New classes are in the future and you guys will definitely hear about anything I am loving.
As far as my personal life, I am going to continue to commit to being a better mother and role-model to my daughter, a better wife and support person to my husband and a better daughter, sister, and friend. I’ve been spending less time on the computer and more time with my family, and I love it. I also never forget the importance of “me” time. If I want to be better for my loved ones, I have to continue to show myself love and do the tings that make me feel good.
Professionally I am committing to being a better trainer to my clients. More continuing education, and as always, be a great support person and confidant.
I didn’t really know where I was going with this post when I started but here it is!
Happy new year to all of my friends out there. I express enough how much you all mean to me. Every comment, email and silent reader out there. I am so lucky to have your support and encouragement through these past few years. Thank you for being there
I may be cutting back on how much I post, but I hope the quality of what I put out there improves.
Oh, and speaking of desserts…I have one loaded with healthy fats that was just to die for. Don’t worry, it’ll comes with a side of HIIT [<—did I really just make that corny joke?]
I’m now delirious. It’s 11pm. If I were going to make a resolution I would make my hubby and I go to bed by 10 every night. Resolutions get broken though.