Happy new year!!
So I know I’m quite a bit tardy with my new year wishes to you all, but I’ve been a busy, busy bee preparing myself for the new year and I’m excited to share with you everything that I’ve been working on!
Lists, lists, and more lists!! Okay, so it looks like I’ve just been sitting here making list after list (and drinking wine), but I haven’t...or I have, actually, BUT with good reason and even better intention! I’m sure you’ve heard that writing down your goals is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable and stick to them, right? Well I’m a big believer in it and that’s why I’m sitting here surrounded by all these lists. Let’s start with the most important, shall we? My goals heading into 2015!
Be gentle with myself and practice positive self-talk: This one is particularly tough for me! In the past year I’ve developed a bad habit of being extremely critical of myself and letting bad days or minor set backs get the best of me. Didn’t make it to the gym?! Well there’s a whole day wasted! Or, you had ALL DAY to figure out what you’re going to do with the rest of your life and you still don’t know?!! There were days when life weighed so heavily on my mind that even day-to-day tasks became impossible. I’d spend a whole day in a quiet, irritable, angry funk and usually in tears. Why??! Because I felt like life around me was moving so quickly and everyone I knew was moving forward in life and I was just stuck, with no idea what was supposed to happen next and everything was out of my control. Oh no...am I a total control freak??!! You can see how easily I worked myself into a frenzy, no?
I’d been holding myself to ridiculous standards in all areas of my life. I’d never expect perfection out of anybody else, much less, look down on them with harsh judgement or criticism for not attaining it. So why was I doing this to myself? Enough!! I’d had enough. Someone once told me, “get out of your head, it’s fun out here!” So, I’m trying! When life gets too overwhelming and everything seems out of my control I will try my best to tell myself that it’s okay and I’m doing the best I can and my best will have to be good enough. And if I accidently sleep in and don’t make it to the gym before work I’ll just have to enjoy a cup of coffee and a leisurely breakfast instead! ;)
Plan workouts and stick to the (balanced) schedule: About those early morning workouts…. Okay, okay, so everyone has heard the ol’ “fail to plan, plan to fail” bit, right? Exactly. For months now I’ve been off my workout schedule and can’t seem to get back on and it’s driving me crazy! Well it’s time to get organized and get back to it! My goal is to program my workouts for the week at the beginning of each week, write them on the calendar and stick to the scheduled program! BUT there's one more thing. Find balance. For a while I was waking up early every day to squeeze in a workout before work and while I LOVE an early morning strength session, I also love, love, LOVE a slow morning where I can wake up slowly, have a cup of coffee and breakfast with Evan and I really felt I was missing out. I felt guilty if I skipped a workout to relax and enjoy my morning. Now that I've stepped back from the gym a bit I miss it, too! I've always known that these are two things I very much enjoy, I've just never been able to find a good balance. So heading into 2015 my goal is to plan, and stick to, a BALANCED workout schedule!
Be on time: This may seem like a very small, very simple goal, but for someone who's genetically prone to tardiness (yes, it is a real thing), this is going to be a challenge! My goal to be on time goes for all areas of my life: bills, work, workouts, social gatherings, blog posts (oops!! Always a work in progress, right?).
Eat with the intention to get nutrition: Now that the holidays are over I am SO ready to get back to eating well! I will say, Evan and I eat very well on a day-to-day basis, but we fell off the wagon during the holidays. After eating anything and everything I wanted during a week vacation back home, where wine and rich meals were a daily occurence, Christmas parties, holiday baking, and New Years celebrations I was left stripped of all energy, feeling tired and lethargic, crabby and unmotivated. I was sleeping in later than usual and it was taking me longer and longer to shake that sleepy, groggy feeling once I was actually out of bed. I started “needing” coffee, workouts weren’t happening, I was snacking a lot more often on processed foods which left me more tired and craving more processed foods and on and on the cycle went!!! Something needed to change, and quick! I recently did a giant “pantry purge”. I spent a good chunk of my Monday morning sorting through our pantry and throwing out anything that was void of any real nutrition: crackers, cookies, pastas, cereal, processed/refined flours and sugars I used in holiday baking projects, canned soups, pretzels, chips….!!! How did we even accumulate all this junk?!! I filled two, large garbage bags and all that remained in the pantry were real, nutrient dense foods. I’m a huge advocate of eating real, unprocessed, energy promoting, nutrient rich, whole foods and when it comes to our health, I believe this to be the single most important thing.
And that brings me to my next list and blog post on preparation and putting yourself in a position to be successful! Stay tuned!!