(First, my friend Kelly was featured on Run, Jodi, Run's blog. You can check out her post here!).
Wow! It's December 1st already? Where has this year gone? (And if you find out where 2009 and 2010 went, let me know that too, ok?).
Many people this time of year say Adios, Ciao, Au Revoir, Sayonara to healthy eating and exercise! I see it every year at the gym and at my weight watchers meetings. The gyms become a ghost town. My meeting centers will contain about 6 die hard members!
Not me! I always think this is the BEST time of the year to incorporate these healthy lifestyle goals! Eating healthy is not about the 1 or 2 holiday meals you eat, or the night you get together with your friends to celebrate, or even your work party lunch/dinner. There are 31 days in the month of december.
Yes, there are parties. Yes, you have to spend time Christmas shopping (unless you are one of those crazy black friday shoppers that get it all done before December! Who are you people!). Yes, you have to spend time decorating your house and tree. But with 31 days in the year? Even if you only ate right 20 days out of 31 days. Even if you worked out 15 days out of 31. Isn't that better than nothing?
What better way to not feel guilty about that Christmas dinner than with a little run? Or an exercise class? Or some weights at the gym? Or even just a walk with family or friends? You can gain 10 lbs, you can remain the same, or you may be able to lose a little weight (if that's your goal).
So, these are my goals for December
1. Get back in touch with my online weight watcher group of ladies I know. In doing this, they create challenges to help you maintain your healthy eating goals. I plan on doing their December challenge, which essentially means counting my points, getting in the required amount of water, dairy, um...I forget what else! See! I need help! lol. Oh well, eating grains and protein, etc. Oh and exercise!....brings me to #2...
2. I am going to do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. Now, this can be 30 minutes of hard exercise at the gym or 30 minutes of walking or anything in between. As long as I do extra movement for 30 minutes, I'm covered. The only exception I'm going to make is that I'm not going to count my walk to the train in the morning. I feel like that could be cheating!
As for running, well, I said it before. That's going on hold temporarily. I did make a doctor appointment just to have my ankle and my knee/IT band checked out. But the appt is in 2 weeks. I think the rest will do some good. Although it will do some "not so good" as I will be a little out of running shape when I get back into it. My aches and pains are completely minor at this point. The doctor appointment is just a preventative measure so I don't make things go from minor to not-so-minor.
Actually, I almost didn't make the appointment. Sometimes I feel it's not bad. It's hardly anything! Maybe it will heal itself and just go away. But I listened to others and I think at least seeing the doctor is good. I'll keep you posted!
Have a good December! What are your goals?