It only took me to January 10th, but I finally got my first run in for the year. As I wrote last year, I don’t make resolutions any longer, but I do like to start the new year on the right foot. The holidays alway make it harder to stick to a healthy eating and exercise routine. And let’s not forget that trying to stay sane and calm doesn’t always come easy during the holidays.
This was true for me. Between construction in our rental home, stomach bugs and homesick kids, our first Christmas and New Year holidays in our new home state made the whole family feel a bit out of sorts. Adjusting to some many new places, people, schedules, and even snow, was exhausting for all of us and it took its toll on my body and mind.
So, yes, it’s taken me this long to get back on track. And I thought it wasn’t going to happen as school was delayed two hours due to icy roads. I planned to go run at the YMCA, but when I woke up to the school news, I almost gave up on my plans. Oh, it would have been easy to skip it. My to-do list is a mile long, but I stopped myself and said, “You are important, too.” My health must be a priority. I know how I feel when I don’t take care of myself and I don’t like it. I never want to go back to the version of me who didn’t think it was important to make my physical and mental health a top priority.
Although it was only 30 minutes, I did get to the YMCA and run around the indoor track. For that quick half hour, I recharged my batteries. Isn’t it strange how exercising actually makes you feel better? That good feeling was just the reminder I needed to keep to a schedule when it comes to exercising and planning healthy meals. I’ve already put my exercise schedule in my calendar so I remember to keep it a priority!
So whether it’s January 10th or May 10th, whenever you start a new routine or go back to your previous one, it’s not too late. I am excited to start running again, trying out new recipes, finally unpacking the last boxes, and exploring my new hometown. I will continue to keep trying to be the healthiest version of me as I go Down the Scale in 2017….