Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Year End Resolutions: Do You Know What Today Is?

I don't mean to freak you out or anything, but do you know what today is?  Today marks exactly three months until Christmas.  Yikes!  These next three months are the most critical of the year.  Why?  Because 'tis the season that most people blow off their diets and slack on their exercise routines.  These are the three months that I personally need to stay more focused than ever.  I've blown it in the past.  It happens to the best of us (and I am far from the best).  Instead of moving forward in my health and fitness journey,  I've taken a two or three month step backwards and had to start over 10-12 lbs heavier with loss of  fitness on January 1st.  I don't know about you, but I am tired of starting over.

First we have Halloween.  We buy bags and bags of sugar laden candies with the good intentions of pawning it off to the neighborhood kids, but often the temptation is too great.  Or maybe we turn out the lights, close the blinds, and hide under the coffee table munching down on fun-sized chocolate instead.  I said maybe, I would probably never do that.

Then there is Thanksgiving, a holiday that seems to be built around over-stuffing yourself.  Grandma rarely understands when you try to explain to her about clean eating.

Oh and Christmas.  The parties.  The lunches.  The dinners.  The desserts.  The alcohol.  The cookies.  The cookies.  Wait, did I already say cookies?  This is the time of year that it is so easy to say, "Screw it, I'll enjoy the holidays and join a gym January 1st."

The truth is that these are most critical months of the year.  Imagine today is December 25th (Merry Christmas!) and you have been pushing yourself these past few months harder than ever.  Image you were consistent with your workouts and eating habits.  Imagine you didn't over-indulge on holiday treats and now, in the last month of the year, you are the most fit you have been all year?  That sounds like the best Christmas present to yourself; health and happiness!  Notice I said over-indulge. I am a big believer that planned weekly indulgences are part of a successful healthy lifestyle.

So I challenge you (and especially myself) to hold laser sharp focus during this last quarter of year.  This is the time to renew your commitments, re-write your goals, and challenge yourself to work harder than ever.  When January 1st rolls around you won't have to commit to losing those extra holiday pounds, you can continue to move forward in your health and fitness journey, setting loftier goals and dreaming bigger than ever in 2013.  How does that sound?

There are 36 days until Halloween.
There are 65 days until Thanksgiving.
There are 91 days until Christmas.

These days are going to pass anyway, you might as well make the most of them.

What are your year end resolutions?

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  1. My plan? Train through the holidays for the Cowtown Marathon in February.

    1. good plan! I wonder if I should start doing the same? I go back and forth on whether I want to train to run a full.

  2. I'm planning on staying with the running throughout the next few months (I am going to train for the Cowtown Half in February) and will try my best to avoid the food indulgences! Now that I'm not a member of the corporate world any longer, this should be easier. The stuff that always got me was all of the goodies that would be sent to us during December from clients and vendors. They'd just sit around the office taunting me to taste them. This year I am fortunate enough that I won't have those temptations. My biggest hurdle will be over Christmas when I will probably go on a big trip somewhere and will be eating out, etc. But I'm determined to stay focused!

    1. I agree it is HARD in the corporate world during the holidays! Last year we had a 12 days of Christmas which translated to 12 days of Christmas treats leading up to the holidays!

  3. I'm going to have to learn to like to workout on my lunch hour in the winter months. I trudged thru the hot humid summer on my lunch hours I know I can keep it going thru the winter. Can't believe its 91 days until Christmas!!!!!

  4. I will be continuing my 1/2 marathon training (one on 10/7 and then one on 1/19) and adding weights and yoga/pilates. I don't have any issues with Halloween, few with Thanksgiving, but then it's baking season. And I feel the urge to bake (all the time). Just need to make sure I have folks to give all those cookies to (I subscribe to the 12 days of cookies on food network and seek many new recipes!)! I'll send some your way if you'd like ;-)

  5. Sadly, no Boston for me this year, so I'll have to find another Spring race to get myself through the winter for!

  6. Lea, thanks for posting this - I am definitely going to be in an empty space once November hits, and it's a great idea to plan for it now. Good luck with the three months - though something tells me you have it sorted this year!

  7. I cannot believe it is only 3 months until Christmas, WOW! I love the fall/winter holidays. I am so ready!
    Plus I just started PT so I hope that I can spend my holidays healing so I am ready to run again soon, that is my year end resolution.


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