We’re approaching the holidays with somewhat frightening speed, and it’s got me concerned. Not because I have lots of presents to buy (I do) or because I haven’t lost that ten pounds I said I was going to lose before Christmas (I haven’t) but because I’m experiencing something I haven’t experienced in quite awhile: fear of the cold.
Yes, you heard me right.
Somewhere in the past two weeks, I lost my winter MoJo. Two weeks ago, I was all “bring it on! I heart the snow”. Now I’m all “what sane person goes outside when the snow is blowing sideways?” I think it has something to do with the fact that I still haven’t cracked the nut on early morning running (or walking) – and that when I get home at night, it’s craptastic weather, and I’m tired and want to bake cookies. Or whatever.
So you’re probably thinking “so go to the gym. You have a membership, just go.” And you’d be right. But I don’t wanna. I wanna go run on the lakefront. RUN. But I’m not quite ready for that – especially in snow. I want to go snowshoeing – but we don’t have enough snow.
Do I sound like a petulant five year old? Because that’s what I’m channeling right about now.
So this is what I’m going to do: I am going to go home. I am going to do ALL of my PT exercises, while watching some seriously poor television. Tomorrow morning, when the windchill is going to be NINE BELOW at 6:00 a.m., I’m going to the gym (planning for that extra half hour to clean off my car from the frozen ice/snow mess which it will be encased in). And that’s the best I can do.
So why did I call this post “The Best Gift to Give”? Because I know, in my heart of hearts, that taking the time, and not making excuses, and getting in some activity IS the best gift to give yourself during the holidays – hell, during any day. It forces us to slow down, take stock and consider what’s important – our own health and welfare.
So I need to make time for it, even if what I really want to be doing is baking Snickerdoodles and escaping into a good book….and you should too. This is the time when most of us fall off the wagon.
Let’s get back on together!
Have a great Thursday, and I’ll see you on the path!