Hi. I’d like to introduce myself. I’m the girl behind this blog, the woman on the next mat to yours in class, the person who struggles with her body image, life in NYC and, of course, the never ending pursuit of happiness. My name is CMP and I’m a Plank Pilates addict.
In the spirit of the New Year, I’m going to share my health and wellness resolutions for 2014 and, once monthly, discuss my revelations and discoveries.
Happy New Year to you and let’s rock this 2014….hard.
#1. COMMIT TO THREE PLANK CLASSES A WEEK
Our NYC lives are a constant race and the winter months leave us feeling sun deprived and beat. Some weeks it’s hard to motivate to leave from beneath our comforters much less get to class. But here’s the rub: the less we stretch and work our muscles, the worse we feel (both mentally and physically.) Add winter carbo loading and the destruction of our self esteem is complete. I vow to make sure that I can look back on these dark winter weeks and know one thing for certain: I came to class three times/week, fought the winter blues battle and WON.
#2. TAKE AN HONEST LOOK AT MY FOOD/BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION
What? Snacking at 11:30 pm? I would NEVER do that. Do these words sound familiar to you? Personally, I don’t know if there’s any great harm in doing that (depending on what you’re inhaling, of course.) But I have a feeling most of us eat and drink without even realizing what we are actually putting in our bodies. Food should be enjoyed. But honesty about how much we are indulging ourselves is KEY to not getting too carried away. If you’re disciplined, keep tabs. If you’re not (like me), write down your intake at the end of each day so you can see it in front of you. (I treated myself to a cute food/drink journal to sweeten the deal.) I vow to keep a daily tally my consumption.
#3. UP. MY. CARDIO.
So I went snowshoeing in Canada on New Year’s day. An amazing and super fun way to ring in 2014. For the first 20 minutes I was hoofing it up and down the hills like a full fledged Olympian, but then we started climbing the next hill. Half way up, red cheeked and unzipped, I needed to take a break. My breath was short, my heart pounding and I thought to myself (as children flew by me): it’s not enough to be strong muscularly. I need to make sure to stay on top of my cardio vascular health. In the summer months it’s easier, but the winter is no time to let it go. I vow to do at least 20 minutes of cardio, three times a week.
#4. ONCE A WEEK GUILT FREE TREATS
Somehow we’ve come to believe that self improvement has to feel hard or be a punishment in order to be effective. But rewards are essential. Feeling great after a week of working out and eating right is its own reward, of course. But I vow to spoil myself once a week is a congratulatory treat for my hard work and discipline. It can be anything: a cheap mani/pedi, a massage, even a piece of cake if I really want it. The point is to be proud and push myself towards another week of equal success!
#5. LOVE THE SKIN I’M IN.
I’m someone who’s struggled with her weight for her entire life. My body type could be described as “looks at cake. Gains 10 pounds. Immediately.” It’s been a fight to keep from getting discouraged by how hard I have to work (and how carefully I have to eat) in order to keep my weight in check. Good news: I’m the slimmest ever. Bad news: I still have a small way to go till I’m at my ultimate goal. But regardless, this year I’m going to look at that girl in her birthday suit and be grateful for continued progress (and give her a big smile back in that mirror of mine.) This year I vow to fall in love with my body.
So, here’s to 2014 everyone. I look forward to sharing my discoveries with you and may this year simply….kick ass.
I’m already feeling pretty good about it.