but it never happens.
take november for example. i decided to get serious about a workout routine early in the month. i figured i could pre-empt the holiday food binge by already having a steady fitness plan in place. but then it got cold, and i got bored, and well, it lasted 5 days. right now i think - DAMN! i could already be three months in!
but i'm not.
the truth is i have a hard time sticking to a workout routine. i know the goals i want to achieve, but when i don't see/feel them fast enough, i'm over it. but this month i am getting serious. so serious that i am willing to put my words on display for all to hear (see). i have decided to honestly make an effort. and i will work out every. single. day. for 30 days with no exceptions. a reasonable amount of time to expect to see some semblance of results.
and i am doing it with a little help from my friends...
the plan: water, water, water, & workouts.
we eat pretty healthy already, so i'm honestly not planning to make too many edits to our menus, but my husband reminds me every day (and multiple times throughout it) that i do not drink enough water. and i know this. but i gotta be honest, plain old tap water just doesn't do it for me. so i have adopted a couple recipes that i actually look forward to consuming:
they are: tap water with a teeny-tiny splash of pure cranberry juice. i love this all natural option from trader joes. the ingredients: cranberry juice. and nothing more. now like a total weirdo, i prefer my tap water at room temperature - but i hear drinking it ice cold burns calories faster.
also: carbonated water with a freshly squeezed lime. unbelievably refreshing and packs an added punch of vitamin c. i can usually get 2 glasses, w/ice, from each can of la croix.
and for the days when it's really hard to get motivated, i combine all three and pretend it's just a delicious fruity cocktail. because nothing says "drink me" quite like a festive straw and a slice of fruit...
the workout: tracy anderson mat method, at least 5 days a week and some good old fashion walking on the weekends.
this dress that i wore three years ago in vegas, that is entirely too fantastic to be collecting dust in my closet:
and this stupid thing, which could be any color or style or design, but would still be stupid and i would still dread putting it or anything else like it, on:
and finally and most importantly: my overall health, well-being and satisfaction, because i am sick of feeling like this all the time:
the status: i am beyond thrilled to report that i am already 1 week in. yep - you heard me, i have managed to workout, drink water & eat healthy for seven straight days. it may not seem like much, but it is, so far, the longest stretch of a healthy lifestyle that i have had in a long time. and the best news of all - i am actually enjoying it and feeling a lot better!
in summary: i'll be celebrating another birthday in a little over a month, and therefore indisputably not getting any younger. and i've noticed it gets a lot harder to stay in shape in your 30s. i am finally at a place in my life where i am sick of constant headaches, sick of constantly feeling tired, sick of staring at a closet full of dust-collecting clothes and sick of pretending that i don't know my lack of water & exercise are to blame.
so it's happening. and i have said it out loud, so i have to follow through! more water, more movement, and hopefully more (healthy) years on earth. so, wish me luck, pass me a lime wedge cocktail and join me if you'd like! this is 30 days to a healthier lifestyle. ready, set, go!