Who wants to take my place this morning as the person in charge of getting my son up and out the door for school for the first time in two weeks?
I didn’t think I would have any volunteers. It isn’t going to pretty.
Thankfully I am a morning person, otherwise first mornings back to the routine would be that much more grueling.
I ran around a bit yesterday getting ready for this week, at the last-minute remembering I needed to go to Whole Foods to get fresh turkey from the deli counter for my son’s lunch.
And I couldn’t help myself.
I know, I know– a small box of roasted vegetables is not the worst habit to have in the world but I am on the fence here with resolving to stop this little trend of every time I go to Whole Foods I make a little snack box which just adds to the amount of money I am spending.
They don’t call it Whole Paycheck instead of Whole Foods for nothing.
I am not big on resolutions but you must know that by now, right?
To me, the whole January 1st thing is like a waiting for Monday thing.
I just never could get on board with needing to change as of January 1st.
Each day of the year is an opportunity for new and good things to happen as well as for us to MAKE happen.
Each day of the year offers us a chance to start over, make changes, find the balance we are looking for.
I honestly wake up every morning hopeful and excited to see what the day can bring me and what I can bring for myself.
I am a lot like Annie. You know, the sun will come out tomorrow?
Or even Paula Abdul, the promise of a new day?
It sounds so silly but it’s true; even in the darkest of moments, I rely on the sun coming up, the start of a clean slate and the possibility for something special.
Like strawberries back on store shelves at a decent price! I was so excited to pick up a few containers yesterday!
If you skip the gym three days in a row, if you ordered take-out more nights than you know you should have, if you have a day (or two) of overindulging, an afternoon into the evening of bingeing on chocolate and chips, you don’t need to worry.
You don’t need to throw in the healthy lifestyle towel and give up until next Monday or next year.
A healthy lifestyle is about finding balance, not trying to be perfect (because perfect isn’t possible) and figuring out a way to incorporate the activities you love (running and Pure Barre!) with the foods you love to both nourish your body (roasted vegetables!) and your soul (dessert!).
Sometimes the drastic changes we expect to make at resolution time along with the pressure of sticking to an almost unrealistic routine becomes so overwhelming and difficult that the healthy habit intentions are lost pretty quickly…..
…But it doesn’t have to be that way.
A more gradual approach to making a change is usually better.
I have talked about Start, Stop, Keep before (click here) but it is worth mentioning again.
I first learned about the Start, Stop Keep approach when I was studying to obtain my professional certificate in Sports Nutrition and Performance and was immediately intrigued by the technique.
It’s gradual. It’s designed by you. The pressure and overwhelming nature of change is low (how I like it!).
You don’t need to give everything up, you don’t need to change everything all at once and you even get to praise yourself for what you are already doing well.
They say that small changes in life are the ones that lead to the big results.
Sometimes we can adjust better when things are gradual and not completely life-altering.
It may take a little more time to see a result BUT the results are more likely to stick around and you are less likely to give up.
Be honest with yourself though. Since you are in control, you need to take control.
Like that whole Johari Window thing we talked about when it comes to digging deep in our personalities:
What do you know you need to change, start doing, get rid of, focus on?
This is the perfect opportunity to break out a nice new journal and start keeping track of your changes, thoughts and progress.
I love a good journal. A pretty notebook. A cute little pen.
I have always had a fondness for stationary products mainly in the form of Hello Kitty pencils, notebooks and desktop accessories.
Did I mention there was a Hello Kitty store in the Orlando Airport?
It was like heaven if only my son wasn’t tagging behind me making fun of the obsession that I refuse to ever outgrow.
Wish me luck getting my son up for school now….
Have a great Monday and most likely, your first day back to the routine!
What’s on tap for your workout today?
Do you shop at Whole Foods often and if so, what are your favorite items to buy?
Paper planner/notebook or do you use your phone/computer to keep track of things?