December is my favourite month. Along with the constant flow of Christmas cheer, it also happens to be birthday central among my friends and family - my own birthday included. It feels like there is a reason to celebrate every other day, and all this celebrating is one of the reasons I adore this month. The steadily stream of birthdays plus all the usual holiday parties and events means that I get to spend lots of time with all the people I love. Its FABULOUS for my soul, but less than fabulous for my fitness routine.
I have said time and time again that life is too short not to enjoy it. Life can be full of challenges - a reality I am all too aware of. So I believe in loving every minute of it and cherishing these little moments of happiness when they present themselves. And in my opinion nothing beats sharing a nice meal, or a tasty treat, or a glass of wine with your favourite people. I always come away from these celebrations feeling restored, relaxed, and just plain happy! So in that sense I can't fault myself for easily falling prey to December's appeal.
But December can also become a slippery slope, which is what I have discovered this past week. My descent starting last weekend when celebrating my own birthday. While I managed to make health a focus by spending it running my birthday race. I then followed that healthy act up by getting easily carried away with celebratory glasses (note: more like a few bottles) of wine and birthday treats. I indulged by telling myself I earned it and that this meal and this glass would be an exception to the rule. But my descent continued as the week progressed with more family birthdays, my first Christmas party, and an out of town trip to visit great friends this weekend. There was lots more food, more wine, more cocktails, and less time to focus on maintaining my fitness routine.
Needless to say I am kind of starting to notice a trend here. And I could see how this less than stellar week could very easily turn into a less than stellar month. And then there I will be on January 1st feeling bloated, yucky, and probably a couple lbs heavier...so...I am putting a stop to this NOW!
I have purchased myself an early Christmas present - a 1 week unlimited pass to my favourite hybrid spin/yoga/body conditioning studio - SPYNGA. This little treat is to help me re-focus on my health and to make daily exercise a priority. This week I am getting back to basics; clean eating, lots of aqua, and early AM workouts to ensure I set aside time during this crazy holiday schedule. This December will be different! PROMISE!