Friday, 18 October 2013

Why wait until the New Year? Make a resolution now.

Thanksgiving was last weekend. I ate a lot of food. I had gravy on my potatoes and a piece of cake for dessert – two days in a row. 

Afterwards, I kind of felt like garbage. I felt heavy and my shoulders were slumping. But I tried not to be too hard on myself. After all, it was Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving dinner at my parents -
before the spread of food was served!

And then I started to think about Christmas, and all the baking, treats and big meals that come along with it. ‘Tis the season; have some eggnog.

We all know that after Christmas comes January, when everyone gets on the “time-to-change-my-life” train.

But I don’t want to wait until Christmas. I don’t want to be in slump from now until January. I don’t want to over-eat, make excuses, and just have more work to do come January.

I’ve started thinking about where I want to be next year and what 2014 looks like for me. The truth is I have no idea. No one knows what the next year will hold for them but we can all set goals and have aspirations, whether they be internal or external. For example, I know that I want to complete my yoga teacher training and lead a couple of classes, but mainly, I want to be happy and accepting of myself for who I am, no matter where I’m at.

So why wait?

Maybe your New Year’s resolution for this year wasn’t weight-related, but whatever it was, now is a good time to check in with yourself. 

What steps can you take today to help meet that goal? If you’ve met it, what can you do further it? There’s always room to grow.

Set goals and visualize how you want to live your life for the last couple months of 2013. Make a plan for how you’re going to cope with the holidays.

You know changes are coming, you know January will be here soon, but face it strong and with confidence, knowing that you’re going to get where you want to be. 

There is a light at the end of every tunnel, and quicker you start moving, the faster you’ll reach it. 

Start today.