Melissa's fitness blog: new year, new plan

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So, this was my end-of-year plan:
  • Ramp up my gym workouts to get energized and ready for the holidays and my beach vacation ahead.
  • Resolve to hold back on snacking on too many tasty, little treats and save it all for the holidays.
  • Focus on lots of healthy foods
Here's what really happened: My daughter, Marquesa, came down with a nasty cold leading up to Christmas that seemed to last for two weeks, which resulted in many sleepless nights and two very tired parents. All of my energy went into caring for a very needy, very cuddly toddler and left little to no time for working out. I also left far too much Christmas shopping to the last minute, thereby eating up what little free time I had left.

So finally, I caved: I enjoyed holiday cakes, holiday cookies, holiday drinks and holiday late-night dinners. I indulged in fine cuisine and island fare while on vacation down south with my family—all before the holidays had even officially ended!

But I refused to let it bring me down. I realized that if Plan A wasn't working, there were still 25 more letters in the alphabet. So, I decided to chill out about all my plans (for the time being) and just surrender to the magic of the holidays (read: let my healthy lifestyle go for a few weeks).


Which brings me to now and my new plan for the new year.

I, like so many women out there, am pushed and pulled in a million directions daily. The only way I can manage to do it all and not feel completely overwhelmed is to make a plan, trust in it and follow it through. One of my favourite sayings is: “Fail to plan, plan to fail." (Cue the eye-rolls from my friends and family, who've been hearing this since I was a teenager!) Truth be told, I like a certain structure to my daily routine. It actually gives me a sense of peace knowing that once I've set a plan in motion, I don't have to think too much about it again; I just have to do it. I know, routine sounds, well, so routine, but it really is the key to my success in both my professional and personal life.

But making a plan is just the beginning. You need to check in with yourself periodically throughout the year to see how you're adhering (or not!) to your plans. The new year is the big one. It's when we ask ourselves the big questions: Am I happy in my job/career? Is my family life what I want it to be? Am I spending enough time with my friends? With my husband? Do I need to eat better? Do I want to exercise more? These last ones are biggies for a lot of people. In fact, seven out of 10 Canadian women say they're likely to make a health-related New Year's resolution. I'm one of those seven.

So, here it goes. Consider this my public declaration: I resolve to get back to my healthy routine of eating well and exercising. I resolve to participate in the Activia Challenge once again this year. That's it! Nothing dramatic. No big, sweeping changes. Basically, I'm going green! It will be my new favourite colour: green veggies, veggies and more veggies; green smoothies; green Activia containers; a green lifestyle of walking more, driving less. Who knows? Maybe a green money tree will finally pop up in my backyard!

There, I've blogged about it, so now, it's official.

I'll continue posting about my journey and how I'm getting back on track for the new year throughout the month. I hope you'll join me, follow along and embrace a healthier 2016, too!.


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