Wednesday, May 07, 2014
This is the time of year when I usually start really pushing myself too hard trying to get in shape for my vacation. I've actually only reached my goal once, 3 year ago, but it kiiiiiilled me! Even the years I don't make it, I end up feeling burned out and after my vacation my whole wellness plan falls apart. Which is why I usually need to begin again the next year!
But this year? I'm really happy with where I'm at, even though I'm nowhere near my goal at this time. I'm sure I won't be there by the time I board the plane either. But I'll fit well enough in my summer clothes to get through my vacation, and I believe I'll be able to continue my journey when I get back.
I think the difference this time is that my goals above all else this year are to feel good, healthy and strong. I don't even care about losing weight - I'm not looking at the scale. I do care about strengthening muscles and losing fat. I care about getting enough sleep and feeling alert every day. I see my shape changing and my clothes are fitting better. I've made some changes to the way I eat that leave me less hungry and with fewer cravings. But I'm not even close to perfect. I skip workout days, eat too many calories too often, and I certainly still eat potato chips - often! But I'm happy and look forward to each workout.
Of course, part of my happiness is because my job will be less stressful now until next December, when life will get totally crazy again for 4 months. But I think I can keep this up after my vacation - at least until then.