Goin' Out with a Bang

Two years ago, I started a new New Year’s tradition. On New Year’s Eve (day) I have an excellent workout. On New Year’s Day, I have an excellent workout. I consider them an open and closing parentheses for the year. During the NYE workout, I try to summon up any and all lingering malice or ill feelings leftover from the preceding months and let them roll off with the sweat. (You’d be amazed how well this works!)

On NYD, my workout is all forward focused. I don’t imagine what the year ahead might bring, since I can’t possibly know that. Instead, I think about the steps I know I’m taking in the months ahead, and I imagine how good I’ll feel when I’ve successfully tried them. Note, I said tried. Some of these things may not work, but I’ll be enormously satisfied for having given them a shot.

I like this bracketing of my year with exercise. It’s fun, it’s energizing, and it reminds me that no matter the caloric excesses of the holidays, a vigorous workout is a really good treat for myself! (Who is this strange woman inhabiting my body?)

Happy New Year to all! 2010 is going to be a blast–I can feel it!

The focus is there, the confidence. You can see it in everybody’s eyes – the eagerness, the desire, the want.   ~ Danielle Ward

0 thoughts on “Goin' Out with a Bang

  1. What a great idea. And I was just thinking to myself how I might just skip my workout tonight since the gym is closed. Thanks for the post because now I'm doing it here. LOL I like the positive spin on working out because sometimes it's tough to get into the mindset.

  2. I love it! I signed up for a New Year's 5K tomorrow so I would be good tonight (or relatively good…) and start the new year off right tomorrow! Cheers to you!

  3. Way cool. I like the idea of the bracketing old and new years. I'm gonna try that. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. Pow! Socking it to the old year and socking it to the New Year. What a way to end and begin!

    Have a Happy New Year Cammy!

  5. You go Cammy! I ended 2009 with a great workout this morn.. my very early workout time! AND I did boxing (not kickboxing) yesterday! Friday & Saturday are my normal rest days & I will keep it that way & I need them with adding in the boxing every week right now!

    By the way, you are going to be the focus of my Monday post.. hope you don't mind. I start tomorrow with an interesting point about myself & then finish it up Monday with YOU!

    Happy New Year!

  6. I like the idea of using the workouts as an open and closing parentheses for the year. I did 65 minutes on the elliptical today and I plan on hitting the gym tomorrow too. I keep asking "who is this person that goes to the gym everyday?"

    I have a feeling this is going to be a great year for both of us. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  7. Oooh, I love this! I will have to incorporate that into my own traditions! :) And look I can do it today because today is New Years!

    Happy, Happy New Year to you Cammy!


  8. I like this philosophy. I find that holding on to resentments is one of the main things that causes me to overeat; also I strongly believe in the power of creative visualization,so if you imagine old resentments dripping away with each drop of sweat, you're getting double the benefit from your work-out! Cool.