Running Wild

Day 1 – Off to a lazy start

Jan
01

Well today is the first day of the new year and I only did one thing today, which was have lunch with an old friend. But I’m not going to stress out about how it’s January 1st and I’m not doing anything productive with my year yet. As far as I’m concerned I’m still on vacation. I’m making good choices but I’m not quite in full training mode yet – that starts on Tuesday.

I’m so content with the way I’m starting this year. I don’t know why everyone feels the need to jump in feet first into their “New Year’s Resolutions”. Those people are only setting themselves up for failure. I guarantee they won’t even make it to the end of January before they give up on “being better” (whatever that means). I’m kind of gently sliding into the new year, testing the waters, making sure I can really keep these promises I’ve made to myself. The way I see it is if I dove right into these changes on the very first day of 2016, I would just burn out and give up within a couple weeks. And then how disappointed in myself would I be? Answer? Very.

So today I slept in (granted a little more than I wanted to but whatever). I woke up, got dressed, did my make up, and went to lunch. At lunch I skipped the beer just as I promised myself I would and had two glasses of water. I ordered a grilled salmon salad rather than my usual buffalo chicken wings. Maybe I snacked a little bit too much at home but I didn’t over do it like I usually do and most importantly I don’t regret anything I’ve eaten – like I usually do. As far as food goes, today was good.

January 1st, 2016 – Me: 1  Food Guilt: 0

I was supposed to run this morning but I didn’t wake up early enough to go. Which I’m actually okay with since my body is extremely sore from exercise this week and is screaming for a rest day. So I’ll take today off but first thing tomorrow morning I’m running a 5k through the neighborhood. Part of my training that I’ve implemented is once a week, even though it’s freezing outside, I get off the treadmill and run outside. I just feel like if I spend 4 months only running on a machine, my legs are going to crumble underneath me as soon as they hit pavement. So the plan as of this moment is to run outside once a week on Saturday mornings. When it gets warmer outside I’ll be running in the fresh air more often than just once a week.

Yesterday I made myself a short list of tasks to complete today. Regardless of it being January first, these tasks were just things that needed to get done. Well the day is almost done and gone and I haven’t done a single item on that list. And all I have to say about it is: Shrug.

That’s the approach I have to the new year. I’ll probably do a few of those tasks before bed such as folding my laundry and changing my sheets. But I’ll be honest most of that list won’t be done until tomorrow. And I’ve given myself no choice but to be okay with that. I refuse to start the year off in a big, messy ball of stress. I just want to let things happen the way they’re supposed to happen and “roll with the punches” or so to speak.

Right now I’m content, and I’d say that’s a pretty damn good way to start the New Year off.

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