I’m still alive. I am working on my race report from the Richmond Marathon and it is taking for-ev-er! Also, with a busy second half of November, loss of daylight, and other “stuff” going on, I’m finding myself slipping into my annual December slump. This month kills me every year – and not always for the same reasons. I’m trying a new approach to even things out this year, though. A little preemptive strike, if you will.
It’s always risky to try “challenge” events during heavy social months but I think this is the best way for me to approach the month. Tomorrow is December 1 and, from then until December 24, I plan to to do the following:
1. Walk at lunch at least 3 times a week. I find myself chained to my desk for the entire day and that is not healthy. I will walk at least 20 minutes, at least three times a week. If the weather is decent, I will up the frequency.
2. Engage in at least one group exercise activity a week. With my marathon training on hold for a few more weeks, my exercise schedule has been spotty, at best. It has also been very lonely. I plan to join at least one group activity (either a group run or cross training) a week.
3. Complete 1,600 miles for the year. I’m currently at 1,466. By the 24th, I plan to have only a reasonable amount of miles left for the month.
4. Do a modified Whole 30. I’ll drop added sugar and processed foods but I won’t be super militant about every tiny ingredient. For, perfect is the enemy of good. I’ll be more along the line of cutting out Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s and no more bites of my kid’s meals. Oh, and if you haven’t tried it yet, don’t even bother trying Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe Ice Cream. It’s horrible. Honest! 😉
5. Add magnesium back into my diet. I started adding some this morning. I think it will help with my mood and my migraines. If you decided to try it, too, just be careful to start with a super small (1/2 tsp) dose or you will have stomach problems.
So, that’s my Big 5 for the reset. Nothing too crazy. Nothing unmanageable. I plan to check in here once a week, to let you know how it’s going.
How are you handling the holiday stress? Are you planning some sort of “reset” of your own?