Today is the last day of 2014. It's been an interesting year with many challenges to say the least. I was going to complain about them, but isn't it all just life? My in-laws tend to have a poor outlook any time anything goes wrong. They'll say "it just never ends for us", but come on... what about all the other days that are just fine? Life is a roller coaster, with all kinds of ups and downs. You can't always control what happens in life, but you have full control of how you respond.
With that being said, I look forward (in some ways, a bit nervously) to the changes that the new year will bring. I'm also looking forward to the positive changes in my attitude and health that I plan to focus on. I don't think I can call it a New Year's resolution, because I've been working on these changes for a while now. I don't want January 1st to be some new start that I can fail at, but rather a continuation and a bit of motivation to really focus my intent.
What do I want? I want to make consistent healthy choices, so I can treat myself without guilt on special occasions. I want to make fitness and being more active a positive, no-brainer that I just DO, instead of a difficult choice that I put off and make excuses not to do. I want to see myself become the beautiful, confident, healthy woman on the outside that I know is already on the inside. I don't want to waste these last 4 months of being 30, and turn 31 wondering why I wasted another year not being the woman I want to be.
Will I be perfect from here on? Will I magically have an endless supply of motivation and energy? Will I never again struggle with food or exercise? OF COURSE NOT! That will never happen. Even women who seem to have it all together aren't perfect. I am a wonderful, caring, intelligent, funny, loving person who has the same doubts and fears and faults that we all struggle with in our own ways. But I hope I can give that amazing woman a break, and take things one day, one workout, one meal, one cup of water at a time.
Every time you make a choice, you have the chance to start over. My plan is to never make 2 poor choices in a row. Did you choose a doughnut at the office meeting this morning? Have a big salad for lunch. Did you skip your workout this afternoon? Get to bed early and do yoga in the morning. Don't throw off your whole day, or get into a rut of bad choices just because of one slip up. Shake it off, forgive yourself, and do something positive to get back on track.
I failed to get up this morning and get on the treadmill like I planned. So I've been doing mini workouts on my potty breaks (squats, wall pushups, etc), and have all my meals and snacks planned to make sure I stay in my calories today. I also plan to do a workout tonight to get back on track, and I've already had 2 glasses of water. Perfect isn't realistic, but if the good choices outweigh the bad, then you're going in the right direction.