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