Ok, so everybody begins a New Year vowing to lose weight and become healthier within the next 365 days, right?
Well maybe not everybody, but judging from the magazine covers, news articles and already crowded parking lots at all the local gyms, I'm guessing that this is a top resolution for a whole lot of somebodies.
You can add my name to that list. I went to the doctor today, friends, and you know that most cringeworthy of moments when they lead you back into the examining area and ask you to step on the scale? It was even cringeworthier than cringeworthy. It was worse than cringeworthier. It was cringeworthiest. I almost expected the scale to shoot off some confetti and maybe spit out a banner reading "Happy New Year! Now get off your lazy butt!"
No banner. Just dread. Am I the only one who thinks it highly unfair that our new year begins just as winter is starting to get bad? Who wants to get out there and exercise when the sun sets at 5 p.m. and the wind is blowing so hard that your nose icicles sway back and forth? It's hibernation time, man! Exercise? I'd rather be sleeping. And eating, thankyouverymuch.
But it is not to be. You see, I've decided to make 2012 my year. Do you hear that, world? MY YEAR. And that means I'm going to have to do some work, starting with my health. I want to start running again (ok even I had to laugh at that because what I did two summers ago was more like slow jogging), and a friend of mine recently issued a 1,000 mile challenge for the new year. I have signed up to run or walk one thousand miles in 2012 with Neighborhood Workouts LLC.
And yes, I will fully admit to not realizing that means nearly three miles per day until after I signed up. I am not quick with math.
So that's one way I'm starting off this new year. It's already January 3 and I haven't logged any miles yet (holidays plus nasty weather) but I'm planning on starting soon, as the temperature is supposed to climb into the 50s later this week. I hate to be starting off a little behind, but I think I'll be able to catch up this weekend. And fortunately, it's a competition. I'm able to see how the other participants are doing. I like winning, folks. I like winning A LOT.
Wish me luck?