I am so over the holidays. Okay, not really. Not over the warm fuzzy feelings of seeing loved ones. Not over the countless replays of the same Christmas songs. Not over the endless barrage of emails from retailers. (Okay, I could definitely do without those.)
What am I ready to ditch? The “burn off the calories so we can indulge even more” thought process. The “re-tox to detox” as we like to say at the yoga studio. It’s exhausting! Oh, where oh where, I that “healthy balance” that I tell people this blog is about?
I’m a sucker for the turkey/sweet potato combo.
While succumbing to this thought process, I’ve been trying hard to equal out the indulgent eating with plenty of physical activity. The quantity of opportunities to splurge were at a high this month – too many restaurants, the Food Show of Fabulousness, several holiday family gatherings, the list goes on. But as PIP was started as a weight maintenance blog, I’m trying to not let all the culinary offerings of November and the upcoming month wreck a good thing.
I’m the type that likes a workout to de-stress, so I’m working my way back into a regular cardio routine. My early morning trips to the gym include 30 minutes on the elliptical, a mile around the track in my run/walk fashion and a yoga cool down including at least 10 Sun Salutations (five As, five Bs). I’ve been in love with these shoes but have been giving these Reebok RealFlex Fusion TR shoes a shot:
I’m really amazed at how light both pairs of Reebok shoes are. I’m also amazed by my brother’s ability to run the Hermes Turkey Trot. Deciding he would sign up on Thanksgiving morning. After staying out far too late at Market Garden Brewery on Thanksgiving Eve. And still running that 5 mile race in 37:14. I’m mad jealous of his 7:27 per mile pace. I’m also inspired to know that that physical ability exists in my blood line.
And as for that yoga funk I was going through? It’s dissipated, but it took stepping away from it to realize how much I needed my yoga practice.
Since September, I took classes from an array of teachers at places that aren’t teaching at my “yoga home”. Stepping out of my comfort zone brought me back to the reason why I practice yoga regularly. Since feeling rejuvenated this month, I’ve been taking/teaching class regularly.
Funny how when I was coming to this exact conclusion, the big lesson of our last teacher training weekend was about commitment. Our teacher asked us how our actions have gotten us to where were are at this point in our lives. Since then I’ve been thinking about how commitment to taking immediate action can get you so much further, so much faster.
So for me, it’s all about commitment right now. Commitment to a healthy balance. Commitment to my practice. Commitment to my intention. Commitment to my future. Time to practice what I teach, right?
How do you keep committed to a healthy life this time of year?
Disclaimer: Reebok items were provided care of my ambassadorship with FitFluential. All thoughts and opinions are my own.