So what’s a girl to do? Be held accountable, that’s what! No crying over spilt milk. Or in this case, spilt wine. The key here is to hop back up on that elliptical tomorrow after a nice healthy breakfast of oatmeal and eggs. I kept telling myself to think of it this way – Planet Fitness, which is sometimes packed with people, is bound to be empty on New Years Day. I might have the entire gym all to myself! My assumption was totally off-base. When I arrived around Noon, there was a nice mix of regulars and newbies. I picked an elliptical machine and ended up beating my personal best record of 3 miles in 33 minutes.
The truth is – I actually enjoy working out and eating healthy foods. But then along comes a party that derails the Train to A Long And Healthy Life. So as 2013 drew to a close, I used the Thesaurus to find words that are synonyms for “resolution” because resolution is such a cheesy word at this time of year. I founds the words “promise” and “vow” which I like better, as they both have a positive connotation.
Anywho, I made a promise to hold myself accountable for the past holiday season and turn those numbers around in 2014. I know that a lot of our readers have promised themselves the same thing, perhaps for the 800th time. We’ve tried a zillion different diets that sound ridiculous now, but must have guaranteed us to look like a supermodel in a matter of weeks. Anyone remember the Cabbage Soup diet??
Last April I began working out and eating better and by November had lost over thirty pounds. I wasn’t even sure how much I wanted to lose and I still don’t, but I will know when I get there. Not only had I lost weight, but my clothes fit so much better because my muscles were getting toned. The time that I invested in my own health was the best time and energy that I had ever spent in my life.
I did enlist the help of a personal trainer and some might say that is cheating. I don’t agree with that because ultimately it is me that has to stay focused and continue exercising at all hours of the day or night, depending on my work schedule. And ultimately it is me that has to turn down every cupcake at an office birthday party or freshly baked bread before dinner at Bonefish Grille.
This year I’d like to get back on track with all of YOU and swap stories of our highs and lows, ups and downs. I believe that we can all be more successful this way. It doesn’t matter if you are old, young, male or female, let’s all hold ourselves accountable together in 2014!
My intention is to weigh-in with you guys each week so that we can touch base with each other. I will be truthful about my progress and share details of my menus and workouts. For now, I know that champagne is out of the question, holiday or not!
Til next time…