I say this at the beginning of every month but CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S NOVEMBER!?! I certainly can’t. Time is flying by so fast I feel like tomorrow will be Christmas, or sometimes even that I’ll wake up next to a husband with three kids running around….Slow. Down. Life.
Anyway – November means looking forward to
Red cups. Skinny Peppermint Mochas (Yes, you read that right – Starbucks now has a skinny peppermint syrup and chocolate syrup!). Colorful leaves on the Greenline runs. Two practice half-marathon races. Thanksgiving (DUH!). Ugg boots (but never with a skirt!). Reindeer Games. Christmas decorations. Boots and sweaters. Being able to run anytime of day. Scarves. Family. Love Actually. Soups, stews and chilis. Maybe a snowflake or two. THE TAPER!
It also means a few “scary” things
St. Jude countdown becomes days, not months. Lots of holiday goodies, starting with yesterday’s leftovers. Morning runs may have to happen in sub-40 degrees. The days seem to shrink and shrink.
All that being said – WE (that’s you and me, whether you’re running in St. Jude or not – you still need help making it through the start to winter) need a plan. And I have one for us! I’ve dubbed this month – “Just say NO!vember”. At the start of each week, I’ll list things I’ll be declining for the remainder of that week.
For the racers- 32 days until all your hard work will pay off! Don’t let four weeks send it all to hell! For the non-racers – use this month to get a healthy start on the calorie madness that are the holidays.
Here’s what I’m saying “NO” to this week:
Chocolate. Skipping runs. Pastries. Candy. Excuses. Chips. Fast food. Negative body/performance talk. Skipping meals.
This will be tough, but I set a tough goal for myself in this race and I’m not about to let leftover Halloween candy or a deep-fried Thanksgiving shoot it to hell! I will post daily thoughts on my progress and other motivational quips to get you through with a few little challenges – c’mon, it’ll be fun!
Think about your goals for the end of 2011. Are you wanting to lose those last 5 pounds? Maintain your weight through the holidays? Kick the race in the ass? Now, choose your list accordingly. Whatever your goal – YOU CAN DO IT!
What are you going to say “NO” to this week?