So the first week of the new year I got sick. Sniffles, a cough, a lot of mucus and a lack of sleep. I’m not looking for sympathy here; I think everyone in town was sick. But it did put a damper on my big plans to work out every morning and eat healthy and live right and brush my teeth before bed every night. Yeah, I went there.
We live in a culture where it’s cool to be a workaholic and we’re labeled lazy or old if we take a nap on a Sunday afternoon. Let’s break that mold, people. Health and wellness is important. It’s OK to not leave the house on a Saturday. It’s OK to eat dinner with your family without simultaneously scrolling through Facebook or playing Candy Crush.
Put your phones away and try a real conversation. No screens. You can do it.
My personal goals for this year are not earth-shattering: I’d like to lose a few pounds, feel rested when I wake up in the morning, be a better friend, go to church on a regular basis, cook good meals instead of ordering pizza and elevate this newspaper into the powerhouse that it should be. We have so much talent among the handful of people who work at The Sealy News, and we’re going places, so watch out for that.
We are all better, stronger and smarter than we give ourselves credit for. We can all wake up a few minutes earlier, drink the kale smoothie and hit the treadmill. You’re not going to die if you break a sweat. Our bodies have changed over time; our threshold of tolerance may be a little lower than it used to be, but God made us strong and resilient. We shouldn’t scoff at that.
It’s a difficult balance to challenge yourself to be a better person while also letting yourself off the hook when you make a mistake or take a deserved break to de-stress.
Find a buddy who has the same goals as you. Hold each other accountable as you go forward with your fitness goals or your meal plan or your work challenges. Make lists. Use a calendar or a fitness app or a food diary. If you don’t reach your weekly goals, don’t write them off completely; every Monday morning is a new chance to start over. Heck, every time the morning alarm goes off is a new chance to start over.
So while the first week of 2018 wasn’t exactly me at my prime, I still see it as an opportunity for a new beginning.
Who’s with me?
April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.