The holidays can be a stressful time – with year end deadlines combined with last minute Christmas shopping making time feel like it’s at light speed. Then there’s the actual anticipation of family gatherings, which are sure to disrupt your routine.
It’s easy to let your healthy habits fall to the wayside, maybe skip the gym more often than you’d like. You’ll probably be tempted by second servings and homemade goodies. You’ll probably be guilted into overdoing it on the leftovers and opting for family time over gym sessions.
And guess what…
That is perfectly okay.
I didn’t find my groove this year because I finally learned how to say no to temptation or because I didn’t skip a workout – because I straight up ate whatever/however much I wanted and did not even consider a Christmas day workout.
I say I’ve found my groove because I didn’t think twice about the above, because I know my progress isn’t lost and because I’ve learned that guilt just leads to over-doing it. I’m proud of myself because I’ve learned that there is a time and a place to be a stickler and that this was a time to literally just chill out.
I’m not waiting for January 1st to go all in – in fact my friends and I have a tradition of pigging out and slothing (aka doing nothing) on New Year’s Day. Nah, I’m just going to workout when I want/can and make wise choices when it comes to portioning the indulgent foods.
I’m currently staying in Galveston with my mom and nieces. Maybe today will consist of a long walk on the beach. Maybe I’ll do a bodyweight circuit or maybe I’ll just constitute roughhousing with the girls in the heated pool as exercise. I do know I’ll be having one of the blueberry muffins I’ve been eyeing, however I also bought a salad kit bag for you know, “balance.”
I’m excited for 2016, mainly because I don’t have any resolutions that include asserting what I’m going to do different this year. I’m currently happy and healthy – I’ve found what works for me. I do have goals, but I want to pose them in a way that ensures I’m working towards them for the right reasons. I’m not about to say: “In 2016 I want visible abs,” because I know abs (in and of themselves) won’t make me happier. I want to think of it more like this: “In 2016 I want to challenge myself,” because I feel like I am growing bored and know that pushing myself physically/mentally makes me happy.
Let your resolutions for 2016 be all-encompassing, not some checklist that allows you to declare the year as a triumph or failure. You are always evolving, constantly changing – let your goals reflect that. As in, aim for something that you will always be working towards in every stage of your life – not just this year. May it be happiness, independence, self-love, strength, etc. From there you can dive into the specifics, like how I plan on challenging myself this year by experiencing an actual body-building regimen alongside Amanda, minus the stage. Perhaps I’ll find this particular challenge terrible, in which case I’ll find another challenge that leaves me drained, but happy.
For the time being, I’m going to kick back and enjoy this glass of wine (written at 10pm – don’t judge).