This time of year can be rough.
Everyone is talking about their resolutions.
Commercials on TV are trying to sell you a new life: weight loss, gym memberships, etc.
This does start well before the holiday season, and can be overwhelming as shit.
I’ve done the resolution thing, and I’ve also done the intentions thing. This year I am just continuing on with my journey. A year of finding myself, reminding my body that it can do amazing things, and not crapping on myself every day, lol.
It’s been weird not going into the start of year not training for a half marathon. I’m full of restless energy, but yet super tired at the same time.
With everyone around me on social media ploughing into the new year with training plans and mega runs, it is a struggle to not beat myself up if I don’t get in a run, or the gym, or a walk. I’ve decided I am going to try and NOT make myself feel bad for not going out of the gate with any type of training plan (run or gym) as it is not in my best interest mentally. I have just gotten back to WANTING to lace up, and my calves are still a tad cranky. Working on my glutes has made quite a difference, but there is still some work to do.
I know, a lot of folks think that daily physical fitness is the best solution for mental illness. Yes, it helps, but it isn’t the only solution. Mental illness is complicated.
Besides, this time of year is hard enough for me. I honestly just want to curl up and hibernate. Trying to embrace the winter is a challenge, but I am working on it.
One way to embrace the colder weather: I can skate outside. There is a marsh up the road from me, so I went for a little spin the other day. I had the spot to myself and had a great time. [MEGA BONUS: Today my calves are very happy, so this is something I am planning to enjoy more of this year.]
I am also trying to remind myself to breathe each day. To take even one minute to just sit and pause (well, my watch reminds to do this, lol).
So if you didn’t hop on the resolution train like me, don’t be concerned. Continuing on your journey, your way, is what is important.
Realistically, my moment in the journey is here: I am just trying to survive right now, and that’s okay.