Anybody who makes resolutions knows that late January and early February are the graveyard of your “New Year, New Me” hopes and dreams. The optimism, hope and determination you had on January 1st isn’t sustainable, and it can start to waver. It doesn’t mean you have to give up, but expecting to keep powering forward with no loss of momentum is a bit foolish.
After a really good January, February started off well enough, with a consistent slide down the scales. And then I hit a bump and had a wobble.
One of the things I need to work on is avoiding using food, especially junky food, as a comfort or way to break my boredom. I’ll eat not because I’m hungry but because I have nothing to do. I need to get better at filling my time more constructively, and I do have a few ideas for how to do this.
The other problem is “treating myself”. Work has been a constant grind for the last few weeks, and I’ve been letting myself go a few too many times. I’ll buy chocolates or a pastry on my break because I need some kind of pleasure to break up days which manage to be both incredibly stressful and crushingly dull at the same time.
It doesn’t really help. In fact it just makes me feel worse.
I’ve spent money on food I didn’t need and feel a bit of guilt over being so weak willed. Now, I’m not saying I’m gonna start living like a monk without any indulgences, because that seems like a crappy way to live (sorry if I have any monk or nun readers). Pleasure is good, but I need to learn how to delay this and enhance the “treat” aspect, keeping these things for special occasions or infrequent luxuries.
So, what to do going forward? Well, I’ve decided to cut out the chocolates and crap at work, not have treats multiple times a week and I’m hoping that my continuing work towards Race at Your Pace (125 miles done in February, aiming for 150 in March) will help out.
Also, there’s the extra walking I’m doing in preparation for my Comic Relief Quarter Marathon Walk, which I’m still fundraising for, and will now be doing in a unicorn onesie. You can find out why and maybe even sponsor me at my Just Giving page.
And I’m also going to put the delayed gratification principle to the test by foregoing treats throughout the first three weeks of March so that I can indulge a bit on my holiday to Florida at the end of the month.
Come back in a few weeks to see how that goes.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.