Call it the let down after Christmas. We are crazed preparing for the holiday, going to parties, eating all the treats, drinking a year's worth of cocktails in a few holiday parties. Then Christmas day is finally here. All of the hard work is undone in a mound of torn wrapping paper, empty goodie platters, and a day of fun & laughter. After a day or two of rest, reality sets in. Calories in, Calories out! The jeans are a little tighter, the winter blahs are killing any plans for fitness, and the annual ritual begins. Be honest - do you say to yourself "just wait until the New Year and I'll get a fresh start then."
What is so magical about the New Year? What has to wait until the 1st (or 2nd because of the New Years Day Party) that can't get started today?
We make New Years Resolutions every year.
But the question to ask yourself this year -- how long does it take you to break one? And how long after that are you starting to beat yourself up for breaking your resolution? And how far after that do you give up all your other resolutions because you broke one of them? Do you even remember your resolutions for 2012?
The New Year is just another day on the calendar. It is a good day to get started on your new healthy lifestyle habits, but so is today or tomorrow.
So instead of making resolutions that I will not always be able to accomplish, I'm going to take each day as it comes. I received a beautiful journal for Christmas and will be using it everyday for meal plans, fitness tracking and as a place where I can record what is going on in my life and what is or isn't helping me with my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
The temptations, lack of exercise, and work schedules aren't the enemies. Not acknowledging these hurdles is the true enemy. It is all about planning and accountability. I need to be accountable to myself and acknowledge what I do every day - good, bad or ugly. Only then can I plan on how to avoid the pitfalls that stand in my way between my weight and my goals.
So I'm busting out my new journal, making my meal plans for the next week, preparing my kitchen for success and am ready to begin. By January 1st, I will have already accomplished my one and only resolution for the New Year..........