There's Something About Mid-January - (Stacia Naqun)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but mid-January makes me want to get super healthy!


I don’t know what it is, but I’m in the mood to get healthy! No kidding – we’re talking full throttle veggie-fruit-low fat mania at every meal and hard-core workouts! I’m feeling good and strong… and inspired to keep it up. I actually had the same thing happen last mid-January. I became super dedicated to my health.
Then it kind of trailed off by June. The time of year when I should be running around outside and hitting up the farmer’s market became the time that I only wanted to lay around and eat comfort food! Weird, right? I know! I just didn’t feel motivated!
I’ve been fighting that feeling since June… still getting to the gym, but basically dragging myself there and forcing myself to eat green things.
Then all of a sudden mid-January arrived and I’m all fired up about eating healthy things and running around. (Shouldn’t I be obsessed with comfort food and laying around NOW, while it’s cold outside?) Here’s how psyched up I am. I actually cooked last night… a vegan recipe. No, I’m not a vegan. And, no I’m not a cook. I just thought it looked like a tasty recipe. I got it out of Women’s Health. So, last night, I cooked vegan Bolognese over whole wheat penne pasta for dinner. I was very impressed with myself!
So, I was trying to think what it could be that’s fueling this newfound appreciation for all things health. Here are a few things I ruled out:
1.       New Year’s Resolution Fever – I only made one this year. And that was to eat something green every day. (So far so good with that btw.) But I certainly didn’t vow to do 45 mins of cardio everyday like I’m suddenly in the mood to do!
2.       Swimsuit season on the way – To that I say… phooey. Too many women’s magazines would have you believe that every female on the planet has only one reason for going to the gym – to fit into a bikini! Whatever. Do we even have a bikini season in Colorado? Yeah, didn’t think so.
3.       A goal – I don’t actually have one. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. But I’m not training for a race. I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m not trying to fit into my skinny jeans. I’m just pumped about getting to the gym and working it out!
I guess I shouldn’t over-think it too much, if I’m excited about my health. I should just go with it and reap all the benefits! And this time, I’ll try really hard to get through my mid-June slump.
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