How I’m feeling
These past few weeks I’ve been feeling the pressure the festive period brings.
Work is fast-paced as we try and wrap things up before the Christmas break. It’s another year of wishing I started my Christmas shopping earlier so I could avoid the crowds. Plus, the gifts all add up to be quite expensive. Every week there is another Christmas party or catch up that challenges my healthy choices.
All in all, I’m feeling more than ready for a few weeks off over Summer to rest and recharge.
What’s going well
Friends are starting to notice the change in me since beginning this 8 week challenge. It’s nice to know that the changes I feel within my body are showing.
Don’t underestimate the benefit of kind words. Encourage the people around you.
Challenges I’ve faced
My energy and motivation took a hit last week. After a month of no alcohol, I had a friend’s 30th birthday at a winery. It was so nice to get all dressed up and spend the day eating beautiful food, drinking delicious wine and laughing with some of my favourite humans. Safe to say, I felt rough the next day. And then lethargic for several days after that.
For me, drinking has a flow on effect. Because I was so unproductive on the Sunday, we didn’t do our usual big grocery shop and we didn’t prepare any food for the week. This meant, we were less organised with our meals and didn’t have homemade snacks to take to work. We bought more food during the week, making the decisions of what to eat when we were already hungry, which never leads to the healthiest food choices.
Habits, tips and tricks for staying on track
Find a workout buddy. Even if it’s just meeting up with a friend once a week for a walk.
I have a girlfriend who goes to my gym and we’ve started attending a few classes together each week. I took her to her first fitness circuit and she took me to my first (in a very long time) pilates class.
There’s a few things I love about working out with a friend. First of all, you get to see your friend more often. Thats a win. Secondly, when you commit to meeting a friend for a workout, you’re more likely to show up and not let excuses get in the way. The accountability is really useful. And thirdly, you encourage each other to push yourself just that little bit further.