Wow, we’re already about halfway through the first month of the New Year. Is it just me, or did those couple of weeks FLY by?!? And I have to tell you a story that happens to me pretty much Every. Single. Year. This year, I’m done! (Well, probably until next year…)
Let’s rewind for a second, I wrote the following ten “Un-Resolutions” for Mind Body Green. Take a read if you didn’t get a chance the first go around or if you need to remind yourself of what they are. Let’s take a moment to re-evaluate and think about this for a second. I love this list. I honor this list. I want to embody this list. But let’s be real, it’s a tough list to stick with. It’s an evolving work in progress.
We need to get one thing straight first. I’m human. I’m not perfect and the items on this list are SUPER hard to do. The idea is to keep them in mind and keep reminding yourself that these are the goals. Long-term goals. I’ve been working on these for years and continue to work on them daily. They don’t just happen at the drop of the New Year’s ball. No resolution will magically change overnight- unless you have the willpower of a saint, and if you do – I honor and bow down to you. I am not a saint. Not even close. I’m just a woman, like you, doing my best at living the healthiest life possible that fits into my lifestyle and forever working on my own body image issues. So back to the story…
On day 3 of the New Year, yes, the Sunday after the big ball drop, I set my alarm for 6AM, tucked myself into my sheets, and turned to Casey (my boyfriend) and said, “Tomorrow morning, I’m getting up early and working out before I head out!” I said it with such confidence and matter of factly.
I used to say this to myself all the time and I’m assuming some of you do as well. But I’m about to tell you something shocking. I’ve NEVER actually gotten up early and worked out first thing in the morning. Not once. A couple of times I was able to do it with a friend making me get up with her. But on my own… never. I used to set my alarm early every day for like 6 months and hit snooze 10 times. So, what happened this time? Monday 6AM came and went and I didn’t get up earlier. I didn’t hit the gym that morning. And I felt guilty. I was disappointed in myself. I thought this year would be different.
I broke resolution number 4 already “I will no longer beat myself up for missing a gym session.” Dammit.
Why did I do this to myself? We all do this. You might be thinking that the moral of this story is that I’m going to tell you that the next morning, I tried again, set the alarm for 6AM, got up and went to the gym and have been every day since then. Ummm… no. Not even close. That’s not the moral of this story. The moral of this story is that I accepted that I’m not a 6AM working out kind of person and I’m not going to beat myself up about it anymore.
You don’t have to wake up 2 hours before you have to be at work in order to be healthy.
Instead, you know what I did. I worked out after I got home from working and running my errands. I found a time that worked well for me. It doesn’t matter if it’s 6AM or 11PM. Work out when you damn well feel like it. And don’t beat yourself up for not doing it when you think you should.
You’re so much more likely to stick to something if you’re doing it on your own terms. It doesn’t have to look a certain way. It can be your own way. And it should be your own way. Create your own path to healthy. If that path is hitting the gym 6AM before heading off to work, then you’re amazing. I’ll always be amazed by morning people.
What rule or should about one of your resolutions are you going to do away with? Share with me in the comments. Let’s all ban together in protest of the shoulds.