Monday, January 02, 2017
The first day of the new year leaves us feeling hopeful and excited for the great things we can accomplish with this new start. For me, I kept my resolutions pretty simple this year:
1. Drink 8 glasses of water per day
2. Exercise 10 minutes per day in January, adding 5 minutes each month
3. Don't eat after 7:00 p.m.
4. Incorporate more positive self-talk
Sounds pretty simple, right? Wrong!! The first day and I totally tanked on all but the not eating after 7:00. My plans did not meet up with the rest of my family. At all. We spent about 4 hours in the car, lost, trying to find a restaurant we love. We don't go very often because it's so far away, and there are lots of turns to take. GPS? We left it at home. Yup, smart.
We never did end up finding it, so we settled on the Ground Round. We were all starving by this point, so we ordered way too much food and stuffed ourselves silly. By the time we got back home it was so late and 5:00 in the morning was coming at us way too fast. No exercise. Not even 5,000 steps logged on my fitbit due to all the time in the car.
Normally, this utter failure right at the start would crush me. My motivation would disappear as I asked myself, "why bother? It never works out anyway." But not this time. I woke up this morning feeling positive. I'm ready for this new day of possibilities, and I will crush it! The kids and I are leaving in an hour to stock the house with healthier options (they want in on this, too), and when we get back we're going to play Just Dance together. Doesn't sound like much, but man it makes me sweat!...with the added bonus of fun with the kids! What more could I ask for?
I'm so thankful to have the family I do. They understand that it's not so much about losing weight for me anymore, it's about being healthy and feeling good about myself. My hope is that this way of thinking will stick with them through their lives, and they will never feel the insecurities that go along with negative body images of oneself.
Struggles will happen, but I am now better prepared to face them. Bring it on 2017!!