Run, run Rudolph...
I spent a lot of time driving through the California desert Thanksgiving weekend, which means hours of desolate contemplation. I started to reflect on the idea of New Year's Resolutions. Aside from 2013 when I did a 365 photo a day project to represent the year, I never make a January One resolution. In fact, I think they are somewhat detrimental. While I am all about constantly expanding visions and perpetual self-improvement, New Year's resolutions, to me, act as a form of procrastination and an excuse not to start bettering yourself for a few more days, weeks or even months. If we don't have the respect for ourselves to change an unhealthy habit when we recognize that habit for what it is, what are the chances that the start of a new year is going to bring lasting change? Everyday is a new day and an opportunity to start fresh. You don't have to wait until the end of the year to start making changes.
Amongst the joy and love of the holidays, there is often also a lot of stress, family dysfunction, emphasis on consumerism and material goods and a whole lot of boozy nog parties, which can easily lead to over indulgence and self-neglect. It's times like these where we could probably benefit from knocking off resolutions most. Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, imbibe less or even just stay in better contact with friends, why not start now? Make yourself a resolution- start with something super attainable, but specific and continue to build the challenge as you go. Success is more readily achievable when you incrementally expand on specific goals.
Starting 12/1 I'll be spending an extended duration of time in the 'burbs for the first time in 14 years, which means my activity level is about. to. go. down. So resolutions start pronto. Running is incredibly healing for me, it provides mental clarity like nothing else, relieves stress, revs my creativity and keeps my body feeling strong. Come Thursday I'll be running 5k a day for the entire month of December and I invite you to join me. Run farther, walk, sprint, jog, treadmill or dance it. Just show up and treat 'yo self🏃
P.S. Thank you Facebook for the memory from 5 years ago today when @meaghanlisman and I ran the Santa Speedo and unexpectedly ended up in our underwear next to Bieber in Shape magazine!