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
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?
Ways to (legally) stalk me:
"LIKE" the Running for Dummies Blog page on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter @GeaLenders
Let's track each others workouts on Dailymile
See what I am up to on Pinterest
Add me to your circles on Google +
Follow me on Instagram @runningfordummies