How’s the new year treating you so far? Still keeping those resolutions? Yeah, me neither. Actually, I didn’t make any new year resolutions because I don’t need that feeling of failure so early in the year. I like to fail later, like around mid-summer when I fail to have that tanned & toned body yet again (for the 22nd year in a row). “Fail Later” is my motto! It has served me well.
And while we’re at it, can we all just agree to put off our “New Year New You” efforts until like, March or something? It’s still just too damn cold in January to try to change out of our six layers of clothing into a t-shirt and capris for the gym. Our bodies and minds were under enough stress and strain from the holidays – can we please just use January as a time to relax and hibernate? I’ll be on board for getting in shape when the temps are 50º or above, but until then, it’s going to be a “no” from me.
Not to say I’ve become a complete slug – I move around at work when I can, I stand up and stretch at my desk regularly, I’m taking my supplements and trying to up my veggie intake, but I’m not killing it in the gym. In fact, I haven’t even been to my gym this month – I’m letting all the Resolutioners get their fill first. I may go back next week when it’s not so crowded, or I may go just to sit in the massage chair. I’d get in the sauna but that would mean taking off my six layers of clothing and I already covered that in the previous paragraph, so…not happening.
How about instead of fighting our natural instinct to hibernate, we all just relax into it and give ourselves some grace and compassion and realize that it will be easier to work out when it warms up a bit. If, however, you are already crushing your New Year goals, then by all means keep at it! But if you are playing war in your head with what you feel you *should* be doing versus what you want to do (or don’t want to do), then just give yourself some time to get used to the idea of working out regularly again. Take a breath, start small and easy, and then work your way up to a full-on sweatfest. The gym will still be waiting for you with open arms if/when you decide to get back into it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some more hibernating to do.
I need this blanket!! It looks so snuggly!
For the last few days, we’ve been buried under a blanket of snow. Quiet, wonderful, beautiful snow. I was off work Friday and my kids were out of school, so we spent the weekend hunkered down under blankets while sipping hot chocolate and watching movies (Christmas and non-Christmas). It was bliss!
And now I can’t seem to get myself out of hibernation.
Since it turned cold (and I mean really cold) and gray a couple of weeks ago, any thoughts of moving my body or feeding it well have flown far, far away. When it’s cold like this, I just want to lay around in my pj pants and drink hot chocolate and eat cookies and read. There is no desire anywhere in me to exercise or to eat a vegetable. None. Nada.
I’m not in a funk. I don’t feel sad. I just don’t want to do anything other than spike my hot chocolate with this and sit on the couch and not do anything productive until January.
Hibernation feels gooooooood.
But I know that it won’t feel good forever so I will eventually get my arse off the couch and get moving again. I will most likely be one of those annoying people who gets in gear in January and goes all HEALTHY LIFESTYLE NINJA on everyone. I don’t think people start a fitness plan in January because it’s a shiny new year, I think they do it because they have been overfed for the last 3 months of the year and they can come out of their food comas without worrying about another “food holiday” until February.
Having said all that, I do actually have a phone appointment next Monday with a weight loss coach – it’s an 8 week course with a weekly call from a coach offered by the organization that handles our wellness incentive for my company. Honestly, I’m doubtful that my coach can tell me anything I don’t already know about weight loss, but I’m hoping the weekly accountability will keep me from going completely over the edge and gorging myself on Christmas goodies. I did something similar to this last year but I didn’t “click” with the coach I had – I’m hoping for a better experience this time around.
Well, look at that: the sun came out today. It’s been several days since I’ve seen the sun. It’s still cold outside (17* to be exact) but something about a bright shining sun makes hibernating feel less like pampering and more like laziness. Maybe this will help get me out of my bear’s den long enough to take a walk sometime soon. 🙂