Happy Friday tribe! I am starting to wonder if anyone else feels like this is January the 78th, because I sure do. This month is just going on and on and to be honest, I am just ready for it to be over. Sometimes I feel like January has this pressure attached to it. It’s the month of the resolutions. Now for those of you who are doing amazing with your resolutions, KEEP GOING. You are doing awesome and that feeling of accomplishment is one of the BEST feelings out there. But for those of you who might have fallen off the wagon or the ones who are getting frustrated in the process, know you're not alone.
It’s not an easy thing to do. And by that I mean not just talk the talk, but actually walking the walk. It always sounds like such an easy, simple, thing in your head. Until it is 6pm and you just got home from work. Dinner isn't cooked. Your spin class is at 7. You have lunches to pack, laundry to do. Maybe homework to sign. Emails to answer. Not to mention you were up at 5:30 am so you didn't have to sit in god awful traffic on your way to a job that you might like or totally hate. And at the end of all of that you HAVE to get yourself to the class, well because it’s January and you can’t quit a month in. Right? I know it because I have been there. I have felt that pressure that this month can hold. I have seen the temptations look at me in the face. I have felt the guilt of “quitting” before a month has passed. And you wanna know a secret? The sun still rose in the morning. And it will keep rising every single day.
No one said that this was going to be easy. And most times, it isn’t. It also is not something that will happen over night, probably not even in a month. I have come to realize that the best way to do this is like all things. To do it in small steps. I mean, no one builds a house by starting with the roof. Don’t plan your healthy lifestyle by starting out with 5 am gym session five days a week, two meal replacement shakes a day, 8 hours of sleep, 64 oz of water, and no carbs, sugar, or fat. That plan is called let's eat ice for 30 days and be miserable. You know what that plan does. Nothing. It doesn't work. Because without a solid foundation. Without knowing what you like and what you need, nothing is going to change.
I have heard that January is like a 30 day free trial. And I kinda like that. It is the time you figure it out. It is the time you learn how to cook the vegetables in a way that will make you want to eat them. It is the time you try out all the classes at different times to see what time works best. It is the time for you buy some workout clothes to see what you feel comfortable in. It’s the time you try and fail with the intention of finding the perfect fit for you. It’s where you keep walking forward each day even if it is only one step. Because even one small step in the right direction is further than you were when you started. So with that being said, take these last few days in January and build a foundation. Make it strong and sturdy so that when the times comes, you can raise the roof.
I know it is frustrating to be reading this and feel like you have failed. But reading this, and feeling something , it is showing that you still have the motivation to make the change. So take that frustration and mix in some motivation, and take ONE small step towards a sturdy foundation. Remember it doesn't happen over night. Just like all beautiful things, they take time to grow. Yourself included. We can do this. And we will do it the only way we know how…together.
Make your own sunshine my loves and allow yourselves to grow. XO,