You know, the holidays are always tough: tons of food around and everyone seems to encourage the idea that any sweet imbued with the warm fuzziness of Christmas is calorie-free. Let me be the first to tell you: this is not the truth.
Still – I managed to maintain my weight, despite indulging in my fair share of the holiday treats. I mean, heck – it’s easier to skip dinner than it is to skip the Christmas cookies, right? Seemed like a fair trade to me, and while not the smartest way to go about things, it worked.
But now that the holidays are over and all sorts of good, healthy resolutions have been made, I thought it would be easy. At this point last year, I had completely committed to a nutritious lifestyle and was on my way to dropping 10 pounds, just in the month of January.
This year? Yea, not so much. Part of the problem is a lack of focus: I’m in the midst of packing up my house to move to a new place, and I’m overwhelmed and stressed by the whole process. Now, I’m pretty good at moving stuff — I change houses about every 5 years — but this time seems different. Between the market being so bad that my house will have to look PERFECT and the fact that I’m drastically downsizing and have to get rid of a ton of stuff, I’m finding myself wandering from room to room, eyes glazed over, too paralyzed with stress to actually be productive and get things done.
Of course, the end result is that I’m not making time to train. I’ve got a very specific deadline for getting the house in order – there isn’t much that gets more priority than this. And because I’m over-the-top stressed? Yea, I’m stress eating. And I made a major mistake: I brought ice cream into the house (it was a BOGO offer! couldn’t pass it up!) and now I’m consumed with the idea of, well, consuming it.
So, I’m headed in the wrong direction. I closed out 2010 headed in the right direction but this month has seen the skid marks resulting from the massive braking and reversal of direction I’m doing on all the good stuff.
My goal right now is to try and hold steady for this month. Just get through this. Once I actually move (which should be mid-February), I’ll have no excuses. I’ll be closer to work (saving a LOT of commute time), getting more sleep and no longer stressing about making my house all beautiful and such for the market. Sounds like perfection, right?
Life will be all butterflies and rainbows (and sidewalks that don’t need to be shoveled by me!) and I can’t wait to be in at a point where everything has no choice but to come together.
And until then? I can see the light (bright sunlight?) at the end of the tunnel, and I’m just holdin’ on ….