Let's be real: December is certainly not the month to try to start new habits or set high goals for yourself, unless your goals sound something like "eat one holiday treat every day" or "gain 10 pounds". Now those would be something I could commit to.
December is stuffed so full of holiday parties, Christmas baking, good food, cocktails and other things that make life ab-so-lutely beautiful; seriously, that's the good stuff right there. But those things sneak up on you from behind and next thing you know you forgot you have to do things like work, pay bills, cook, stay sane... oh, and you need to go buy new, bigger pants because the old ones don't fit anymore.
So I'm keeping my goals simple for this next month. Always remember: if you don't set the bar too high, you might actually succeed. Ok, I'm totally kidding about that because that would be like the least motivational speech ever. It's not that I'm keeping bar low; I'm being realistic - recognizing the challenges that the month of December can bring, and planning for them. Blah, blah, blah, right?
My goals for this month:
1. Exercise 3 times a week: 3 days a week is better than no days a week. I've talked before about exercise, getting in a good routine, and wanting to lose some weight. It's only been going so-so the last few weeks so I need to make sure that I exercise over the next couple of weeks. It's a stress-reliever and I don't want to use "this season" as an excuse. Plus, when I exercise regularly I make healthier food choices, too.
2. Maintain the "normal": It can be easy to get caught up in baking and Christmas carols or get stressed out about shopping and wrapping presents, but I need to have a routine in order to feel like I've "got it together". This means I need to also make time for the normal things - cooking, working out, paying bills, or watching a favorite tv show. Things can get a little crazy-busy on the weekends during this month, but I can definitely make time for those things during the week.
3. Enjoy: Savor the carols. Look at the twinkly lights. Eat a Christmas cookie. Live it up this Christmas season; it only comes once a year.