I’ve been seeing a meme on Facebook recently (that of course I can’t find when I want to share it!), that says something about how January was just practice and didn’t count, and February is the true start of the new year. And I have to say, for some reason I was in a major funk in January. Maybe it was post-holiday blahs, or fighting crowds at the gym that had been empty a week before, or just being tired of the cold, dreary weather, but I wasn’t having any of it. Then this morning I woke up, the sun was shining, and I felt completely renewed.
In the last week I’ve noticed that the days are getting a little longer, and it’s dusk when I leave the office instead of the dark I’d grown accustomed to. I am excited for spring and some slightly warmer temperatures. With the first day of February I am feeling ready to shake off the winter blues, and jump into my 2016 goals of feeling confident, strong, and present.
Last month I made some strides to overhaul my eating and to get back into a normal workout routine. In some ways I feel like a broken record here, since for the last year I’ve been trying and failing to recapture the discipline I’d found a few years ago. I started small, promising myself I’d work out at least three days a week – not a difficult goal to reach, even with a busy schedule. I was able to do it with no problem, and even woke up at 5am to work out in my living room on days when I couldn’t make it to the gym after work! As far as diet goes, I planned my meals during the week and did MUCH better, but I still need to focus on finding some balance on the weekends. I’ve been experimenting with healthy dinner recipes and have come up with some yummy ones. I also made some small changes to what I like to eat, like swapping out my breakfast of a reduced fat Eggo with Skippy peanut butter for whole grain Ezekiel bread, toasted and smeared with PB2 powdered peanut butter. Right now I’m not restricting anything and I’m not on a diet, I’m just making little tweaks to my eating habits to slowly transition to healthier choices.
Right now what I’m doing feels right. In February I am pushing myself to work out four days a week instead of three, and to pick one day out of the weekend to focus on eating healthier. I splurged on some pretty new workout clothes to inspire me to go to the gym on the days when I’m really just feeling lazy, and I’m writing this post to keep myself accountable to what I’d like to accomplish. I also signed up for a six-week online group coaching class called Change Your Habits, Change Your Life that is offered through my employer, free of charge. I’m excited to see what tips and tricks I can learn through the program and very lucky to have it available to me.
I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in February!