With a December birthday I make make my new year’s resolution as part of my birthday. On my last birthday, I decided to give myself the gifts of sleep and exercise. For me, every month should have health and fitness day.
In January, I bought a new bed and decided to carve out time for physical activity. I’ve made it a point to go to bed at 9pm so that I’m asleep by 10pm (I wake at 5am to workout). I got a slow start on the activity because I was worried about re-injuring my back, but I just listen to my body and stopped phoning it in as Jillian Michael’s says.
I’m almost embarrassed to post the following photo. But it was who I was, not who I am and a reminder that committing to sleep and exercise makes a difference.
On the left (taken March 8, 2012 indoors), I’m pasty, white and my cheeks and chin kill me while on the right (taken August 30, 2012 outdoors) I’m freckled, not pasty and am not embarrassed by my face.
It is amazing what the depths of negativity will have on my lifestyle, the emotional eating and the lack of regard I have for myself when I’m stressed are overwhelming and I’m still learning how to respond positively. I strive to maintain the person who is pictured on the left, she’s happier when healthier!