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As a food blogger and recipe developer, I am constantly faced with the temptation to eat more than I should. I’m always cooking and baking, tasting and eating. It’s my job! And yes, I do try to exercise a bit of restraint in the eating department, but I don’t like to deprive myself too much. I’d much rather use exercise to burn the extra calories I end up consuming in the course of my job.
As I’m sure you all know, staying motivated to exercise is no simple thing. It’s a constant struggle for me to stay active, even though I know it’s good for me. As soon as my life gets a bit hectic or overwhelming, my exercise regimen is the first thing that suffers. Sound familiar? With the holidays quickly approaching, stress levels are bound to increase, free time is almost guaranteed to disappear, and the temptation to skip the gym will be strong. I know this is going to happen – it happens every year. So I’d like to figure out how to take control of this holiday season before it arrives and takes control of me!
Here’s my plan:
Step one: Start exercising now! My life has been pretty chaotic this year. I’ve moved two times in seven months, I’m going through a divorce, starting a new career, and basically starting a whole new life from scratch. It’s been hard to keep up any kind of routine in the midst of all this and I just realized that the last time I put on my running shoes was over 5 months ago. But the only way to get started again is to do just that. I’m going for a walk this morning.
Step two: Find some support. Last year, I started jogging for the very first time in my life. I followed the Couch-to-5K program and worked my way up from 30 minutes of walking to jogging an actual 5K race without walking at all. It was fun and difficult and rewarding and something I will always be proud of achieving. But I didn’t do it alone. I started the C25K program with a friend and found all kinds of online support through Twitter and Facebook. I shared my story and found others who encouraged me and needed encouragement themselves. I found myself checking in with my online support network after every workout. Although it was wonderful to have a real-life friend to work out with, my twitter and facebook friends were just as helpful. Now that I’m ready to (slowly) jump back into jogging again, I know that I will be able to do it with the help of my friends.
Step three: Stick with it through the holidays. By getting into my exercise routine before the holidays arrive, I plan to keep the momentum going right through the end of the year. Instead of letting stress derail my jogging routine, I will use jogging to deal with the stress. While others will be trying to start a new routine at the beginning of the year, mine will already be going strong and I can save my resolutions for something else!
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