Not anything profound or different from the general population, but I am recommitting myself starting NOW. The New Year always symbolizes "change" or "resolution" or "new beginning". I've never put up a facade that I don't struggle with weight management on a daily basis. That's just life. I was always a skinny young girl, but that didn't stick once I became a busy, working, mother. I learned that I didn't just want to be "skinny". I wanted to be FIT. I've put myself and my body through some serious challenges. The truth is, I work HARD to be fit and healthy, but when I slack, it shows...FAST.
The last 6 months have been the hardest months of my life in probably almost a decade. My role within my company changed, I switched from not only being an administrator, but also a daily operations manager. I essentially work two full-time jobs, on top of having young children, training and running the NY Marathon and then when that was finished I went full speed into the holidays. On top of all that, I did it with a broken heart and spirit as the changes came at a great personal/emotional loss. It's no different or more stressful than anyone else, but for me, it was a drastic change in my life style and things had to be pushed off my plate. Thank God for Blythe Alberg, www.fitlifewithblythe.com, as she was able to continue running the weight loss challenges. My amazing husband, Marty certainly helped a lot and I can't imagine how I would have survived without him. I had to hire extra help for my kids, I've missed out on A LOT of things that I had grown accustomed to doing on a daily basis and I made a lot of personal sacrifices and pushed my sanity to the limit.
I maintained a vigorous workout schedule, obviously training for a marathon is not easy, but it was different and produced a different body style and routine for me. Then, when the marathon ended, I no longer needed to fuel myself for long distance running, but my appetite didn't adjust so quickly. So here I am: heavier than I've been in a long long long time and realizing that I put my nutrition on the back burner for too long, relying solely on exercise, and now it's time for me to get back on track!
I spoke with Blythe this morning, and normally, I would really beat myself up, but not this time. I made the change years ago to be healthy, I've had a set back in that I've been relaxed, but even heavier, I'm still fit and strong. I know what I need to do to get back on track and I'm reclaiming control to be my best me.
Think about the changes, wants/needs you recognized within yourself in 2014. Remember what you want and challenge yourself to make a commitment and be diligent so that you can reach your goals for 2015!
Happy New Year!!!!