I Have a Confession.....and a Plan for the New Year!
by Alecia James Monday, December 30, 2013
"When it comes to maintaining my weight and health, I didn't just fall off the wagon. I let the wagon fall on me," candidly declared Oprah Winfrey.
I can completely relate. Not because I've packed on the pounds like Oprah did when she made this revelation, but because I've become a total shirker with my workout routine. I sadly admit that I cannot remember the last time I've exercised, crunched, squatted, lunged, or lifted. If you know me well, at one point I was so committed to working out and staying fit, that the mere prospect of skipping a day was greater than committing a cardinal sin. But, what has propelled me to this point of dormancy?
My exercise ball now painfully sits lonely in my room, eagerly awaiting even the slightest form of recognition from its owner. Not even my resistance band has gotten any attention from me lately.
And I found a new addiction! It's called "Wheat Thins" crackers (sun-dried tomato & basil). These joints are so flavorful that I can easily devour the whole pack in a night.
This obsession is so intense that it's a vivid reminder of my youthful days, when I'd do anything just to have a can of Pringles. What's weird is that I don't even eat them now. But back to my Wheat Thins fixation. How can something be so sinfully tasty? So yes, in addition to falling off the wagon, I've "cheated," if you may, because this is one urge that I just can't resist.
There are a multitude of reasons I've found for my prolonged periods of inactivity. For one thing, I'm always tired. You can blame my bout with anemia for this. Besides, I have the scientific proof to back this up. But how can this even be a valid excuse when you can accomplish so much by committing only 30 minutes, or even 10 minutes each day?
My other excuse was: I didn't have the time, I was always busy. Busy doing what? For the record, I have no husband or children to otherwise occupy my time, so what was my point really? This goes back to my previous point of time management and prioritizing. It has led me to take a proactive stance with a renewed vision and resolve for the New Year. I'm still gung-ho about health, wellness and fitness. I don't think I'll ever lose this fervid passion. So it's my priority to rekindle this love in the New Year, get back on my grind for the purpose of my fulfillment, and a healthier, more balanced life, so I can truly live my best life.
What are your guilty pleasures? Any plans for the New Year?
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