Feeling guilty about Christmas? Beating yourself up because you ate something you probably shouldn’t have? Overwhelmed about where to start?
Join the club.
But, perhaps more important, take a deep breath and take stock. It’s salvageable.
For me, I was really bummed in December about all the business trips [and the work needed to pull them off!], holiday preparations, and Alzheimer’s mom care. Exercise tanked. Eating the wrong things increased, even though I pretty much stayed the same weight-wise because I was generally too stressed to eat. My focus strayed from the ‘big picture’ to the minute-by-minute of managing each mouthful.
The concept of balance was gone. But most important, here it is, the very beginning of January, and I’M ADMITTING IT! It hasn’t taken the usual 3-4 months to hit me over the head. That’s 3-4 months of improper eating and wallowing in exercise-less comfort.
So, take a little time to look at what you’d like to improve. If you’re overwhelmed by it all, just focus on one little change. If you’re one of the lucky few who can identify just one or two things that need some work – consider yourself perfect!
But the rest of us aren’t. So, let’s put it all behind us. Learn from what we did and didn’t do. Pat ourselves on the back for realizing the need for change EARLY in the year, rather than in June [bathing suit season!].
Put on a new attitude. And for me, that means applauding myself when I exercise. Of course, I’d rather report that I made it to the gym twice last week, but frankly, I’m thinking that the one weight session and the later-in-the-week bike ride [1 hour!] deserve applause.