Simple Self-Care by Rita | Prep Day … for the start of 2016
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Prep Day … for the start of 2016

Prep Day: Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

The day before getting back to my healthy life style. Man, the holidays were good! Probably the most relaxing and un-stressed than other years. Please don’t let that statement fool you … there was plenty of stress and prep for the holidays, but for me, it was less than other years. Why less? No clue. I would like to think that it is because of my new “enlightened” frame of mind as I continue on my journey of life … blah, blah, blah … or maybe it’s because I have less energy to care about being a perfectionist! 🙂 Either way, I really enjoyed my time with family and friends.

As “they” say, all good things must end so back to reality tomorrow. Back to running my business, getting the kids back to a school routine, and back to making good (or at least better) health choices, back to less peppermint bark, less hot chocolate with whipped cream, less baked goods, and no more half & half in my coffee. Bummer … end of holidays can be such a drag! (Mind you, frankly at this point of the holidays, I could do with less brain fog, looser-fitting pants, more energy, smaller muffin top, and much less back fat so maybe end of holidays isn’t such a bad thing?!)

So, what are my plans for THE day tomorrow? Well, a few years ago, when I was still a firm believer of the “all or nothing” mentality, I would have responded with … wake up at 5 am every day, back to the gym every day, walking regularly every other day, no sugar, no carbs, low-fat, high fiber, low carb, only orange and purple veggies, lean protein, mushroom-garlic tea, and lots and lots of water with cayenne pepper and honey while standing on my head. Wait! It gets even better … I would actually fool myself into thinking that I could completely alter my behavior with such a ludicrous plan. Of course, that belief would last for about 6 hours into the next day when the logical side of my brain would start to question the sanity of this plan. Then, as I would decide to stray from this insane plan and eat a … heaven forbid … cookie, one of my gremlins would denounce me as a failure which then would lead to an ugly pity party involving lots of peppermint bark, hot chocolate and baked goods and lots of regret, guilt, and shame. Nothing like setting myself up for failure … again!

So, nope, not this year. This year I will set myself up for success. Tomorrow I will focus on one simple change – whether it will be to include at least one vegetable with every meal, decrease my sugar intake, or maybe just exchange almond milk for the half & half in my coffee. I will pick one of those as my focus for the day. I will decide in the morning which one resonates with me the most and go with it. Setting myself up for success. I like the sound of that!

What will be your one simple change tomorrow that will put you on the road to success and a healthier and happier 2016? I would love to hear from you!

Happy self-caring,

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