Oh hey there 2013! Happy New Year!
I for one started the new year surrounded by all the people I love in my life….and a fair share of vodka. I spent the first day of the new year carbing as if I was about to run a marathon and watching the Tudors all day long.
It was absolutely glorious.
For how strict I am 95% of the time it is really nice to just let loose and have fun every once in a while. But the day after when I have about zero motivation to get out there and train I remember why it is a treat and not the normal. I will never be one of those people that can have late nights and drinking and eating crappy food and be able to bounce back and hit my pace on a run the next day. I feel bloated and lethargic right now. While it was 100% fun and I am totally glad that I did it, it is definitely back to the grind. No time for those shenanigans with the marathon 25 days away!
Obviously everyone is posting about their New Year’s Resolutions, but I for one do not really participate in all of that. I am of the mentality you want to change, you want to achieve a goal, start now what are you waiting for.
There are a few things that I have been working on though and I thought that I would share these with you:
- Get rid of the scale. Total opposite of what most people are focusing on but I have a some times unhealthy obsession with weighing myself. Around mid December I was sick of this and decided that I will only be hopping on every week or two. I run a lot. I sweat a lot. I eat carbs. I can literally shift 10 pounds in weight a day due to hydration and what I am eating. I am also more concerned with how my body looks/feels versus how much I weigh. I have a lot of muscle. People are always surprised when I tell them my weight. I am also close to 5’9” I want to get leaner but I’m not about to sacrifice food – and once I run the marathon I can get back to hitting the weights more consistently which is key.
- Stop tracking my food. I know what to eat. I’ve been at this for a long time losing weight/weight management. I eat clean whole foods and know how to eat a proper portion and what to eat for my workouts. This is another obsessive part of my life – and I was finding that I was eating because it said I needed more calories versus my actual hunger. Days when I burn 2000 calories on a long run and then feel I have to eat it back are insane. I am trying to be more intuitive and listen to my bodies cues. If I am hungrier eat more, not hungry don’t eat. High calorie and low calorie days will balance out.
- Be more social. I have a tendency to get in my routine and not break from it so have been trying to say yes to more invitations and meet up with more friends that I have been neglecting. Thankfully they are all awesome and understand my training (for the most part) and don’t hold it against me!
So hopefully if you have set some resolutions you are ready to conquer them. I think the most important thing to remember when making change is to start small and build upon it. Looking at the overall picture can be daunting but if you break it down and focus on the pieces one by one and commit then you are setting yourself up for success in the long run versus becoming overwhelmed and throwing the towel in. I for one am looking forward to another fantastic year!
I have a lot of running goals for the year and will be posting those soon. So much excitement for what is to come!