We’re well into the new year, and you didn’t make official resolutions this year. I think that might have been a little bit of a mistake. I can see how you’re backsliding just a little bit. There have been too many days where excuses ruled you, and I can see the result when you put on your clothes each morning.
And that’s not what we want, is it?
So let’s take a step back. Because it is all about steps, not a win/lose endgame. And I can do this – I am doing this. I just need to make sure I’m thinking about how I’m doing this, which is why I may have started a post this morning but then finished it after I got back from Zumba. Those are the kinds of decisions I need to make every day.
Fortunately, I know I’m not alone. Not only do I have my friends – and my gym! – to help keep me on track, but working on the ZonePerfect challenges means they’re in my corner, too. Quick background: throughout the year, I’ll periodically receive challenges from ZonePerfect to help keep me on track, and this is the first one. I may also receive gifts, incentives, and giveaway prizes for you, though as of right now, I haven’t received anything but I know I will.
So the good news is that this first challenge is all about resolutions and what I’m doing to keep my act together, and that is exactly what I need to focus on right now.
First of all, the sugar has got to go. With Valentine’s Day and the cold weather and just being tired and cranky and not having any sun, I’ve been spending a little too much time enjoying sweets that I don’t normally eat. Moderation is fine, and I have no intentions of depriving myself, but when I start to eat sugar regularly, I get hooked. I know I do, and then I end up eating it when I don’t even intend to or notice that I am. I’ve already started cutting back, and I know I’ll feel better for it.
Secondly, the excuses for the gym need to stop. There have been far too many days where “something” has come up, and I’ve just decided not to go. Once in awhile, I know I can’t make it – days I have a PTO meeting or the like – but when I’m making an excuse, it simply snowballs. Suddenly my one day of not making it to the gym turns into four, and then it’s the weekend, and I’m starting back three or four steps from where I was. Getting back to planning my day is key so that I make sure I’m taking the time to get to the gym. I know I have a better and more productive day when I spend time in the gym, and I certainly like the results, so let’s stop the excuses, shall we?
Thirdly, I was reminded last week what happens when we don’t eat regularly. I know you had a horrible migraine that made you nauseous, so there was no way to get to the gym two days (see above resolution) but continuing to not eat made an impact on how well you can exercise. On Friday, even though you started drinking a homemade protein smoothie, it wasn’t enough. With the last of food the days before that and fewer than 100 calories ingested before the class, you had no energy and getting through the class was painful. I know you cheated and took shortcuts just to make it to the end of the class.
You need to eat and eat properly. You must have breakfast in the morning, preferably something with a good amount of protein (hello, ZonePerfect for the days when you’re really rushing?), and the same goes for other meals. A single meatball with a little sauce is not enough dinner. When you’re getting back to eating after a migraine, eat smaller meals if you have to, but eat more of them. Go back for a second meatball in an hour. You need to fuel your body, and you know it.
And lastly, there’s hydration. We’ve talked about this before, and I’m sure we’ll talk about it again. You love water, and that isn’t a problem. The problem straight up is that you’re lazy. If your water bottle isn’t right next to you, you will simply ignore your thirst. Get over it. Either go get that water bottle, or – better yet – keep it with you all the time so that it isn’t an issue. When you have it with you, you drink tons of water, and that helps your workouts and helps keeps those nasty headaches at bay, too.
So let’s get with it this year. Make those little steps each day, and you know you’ll be happier. And I’ll be proud of you. You’ve done so much; now you just need to keep it up.