It’s that time of year again – the most wonderful time of the year – or so the Hallmark channel would have you believe!
Instead, I find myself running from one holiday party to the next, searching endlessly for the perfect gifts, attempting to get the lights hung outside without my fingers freezing off, juggling family schedules and above all else, trying to keep the pounds off from all the food and treats! Doesn’t sound so wonderful now does it?!
It’s no secret I love food, and always find myself over-indulging because I want to try everything, and when you’re at an event with finger food, it all looks so tiny you just keep taking more of it! (Those mini German Chocolate cupcakes last night…to die for. Of course I couldn’t stop at one!) And then the next thing I know, my pants don’t fit. Ugh!
I wish I was better at motivating myself to go for a run this time of year, but when it’s dark, cold and blustery in Michigan, it’s so easy to get home from work, put my pajamas on, make dinner and hang out for the night. I see all my fellow Skirt Sports ambassadors in warm climates going for runs in their short skirts and tank tops and it doesn’t make it any easier. If I go out, I’m layered up in items like my Beanie, Tough Girl tights, Tough Chick Top, Toasty Cheeks Skirt and vest and likely another layer underneath all of that. I know I look cute, but it’s so dang cold out!
So…what’s a girl to do? Probably not what I’ve been doing (slacking off), but what I should be doing. So I’m going to give myself some simple advice.
- Quit making excuses.
- Do something physical every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. This could be a run, stretching, indoor bike workout, walk around the neighborhood. Something, anything. Just get off the couch.
- Put that (second, third) cookie down.
- Drink more water.
- Repeat steps 1-4!
Five simple steps, that’s all. Not that hard. Five steps to surviving the holiday hustle. Five steps to keeping the pounds off.
I can do this. I can do this! I. Can. Do. This!!
(P.S. I think I’ll add Step 6…dream of warmer days and running on the beach)