Just over a month ago I wrote one of my favorite posts ever on the blog, No-Nonsense November.
There was little to no forethought behind the post, just a straightforward declaration that I would Cut the Crap from my life in a variety of areas.
November has come and gone with several highlights, from the Foodbuzz Festival to Thanksgiving. But there were lows, too. And in some ways I made my vague goals and in other ways I did not.
The biggest accomplishment: I did not eat one bite of junk food from the office the entire month. Not one bite. We always have chocolate, candy, cookies, chips, crackers. I’ve been complaining that they are the bane of my existence and responsible for my weight gain of the last six months. I couldn’t go past 3PM without snacking on something salty and sugary. But I did it. I went an ENTIRE MONTH. And now I want to keep the streak alive.
I also gained two pounds. In a month.
Yes, one of my goals for November was to drop a few that the office job has brought on and I thought that cutting hundreds of calories from my weekly diet in the form of simple sugars at work would be the key to kick that off. Apparently it wasn’t. At all. This disheartens me because it means that getting my body back to where I want it to be will require much more serious work and semi-obsessive attention. But it has to happen. I am sick of looking at myself in the mirror and feeling like a “before” picture. Then again, what are you supposed to do when confronted with these?
The great part of this is I have a plan of sorts. And I declare here that by December 31st I will see a positive change. I WILL see it because frankly I don’t think I can handle writing one more blog post like this.
Aside from the junk food detox I had some other successes. I swore off workout excuses, and I’m happy to say I did go running in the dark a couple of times. Baby steps.
I’ve also been working on prioritizing relationships. It’s hard, because everything goes two ways. But I recognize that a lot of the stress I feel regarding work/running/body image/state in life comes from feeling unbalanced. I know that’s all of our quest and it comes from within, but surrounding yourself with positive people really helps. I’m working on that.
I tried to think of a name for December, but after No-Nonsense November proved otherwise in a significant way, I figured calling it “Damn You Fine December” I should just focus on tangible goals for the month:
- Run the California International Marathon
- Transition to a lower-carb, higher-protein diet
- Incorporate shorter, more intense workouts into my schedule instead of steady state cardio that is not doing much for me
- Enjoy myself at the dozen holiday parties and strive for balance
- Look inside for inspiration and motivation instead of to everything else but myself
- Focus more on showing love to everyone in my life instead of receiving it
- Meditate and pray over what I want my life to look like in 2012 and what I can do to make sure that happens
I can’t believe 2011 is almost over. I have a good feeling about this month. Let’s go out with a bang.
What are your December goals?