Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On doing what you can

With New Year's Resolutions in full swing, it seems that everyone is putting a lot of pressure on themselves to start the year off on the right note. This is not a bad thing in the slightest. But sometimes that pressure leads to stress and anxiety, which can lead to inactivity in the long run. I know so many people (myself included) who simply drop their goals the moment they don't measure up to their original standards.

This all goes back to my post last week on writing New Year's Intentions rather than resolutions. And one of my intentions for the new year is to focus on health. This is an insanely broad focus, but I like it that way. I feel like it serves as a guideline for me to constantly remember instead of a specific goal that might stress me out over time. One of the ways I hope to focus on health is by working out regularly.

If I'm being completely realistic, I know fitting in regular workouts is going to be a challenge. Juggling work, an internship, a blog, sleep, friends & family and attempting to work out on a regular basis is tough. Not at all impossible, but tough at times. If anyone else is a fan of Bethenny Frankel, you'll know that she is always advising to do what you can. And that's what I intend to do this year. I know that some weeks will be better than others but that is completely okay. My life is a constant balancing act, and I just can't beat myself up if I occasionally don't measure up in one area.

I bring this entire topic up because I worked out on Monday night for the first time in a month and a half. I had surgery at the end of November and didn't have the energy to work out for a while and then after some time I guess I just got used to not going to yoga and not running. But on Monday I was walking home from work and I decided the weather was nice enough and I had a bit of extra time so I might as well just give running a go. It felt amazing. I may not have time to work out the rest of the week but I am going to fit it in when I can. And when I do work out, I am going to make the most of it and be thankful that I did.

How are your resolutions / intentions / goals for 2013 going so far?


  1. Working out is so hard when you have a busy schedule- it's my problem, too! I've been trying to gain weight through working out and eating more, and it's just so hard with a limited budget and time. I try not to put too much pressure on myself and don't have too-specific goals (like lose/gain a pound a week or workout 4 times a week), since I know things can get in the way.

    Don't beat yourself up- be proud that you do what you can and that you even WANT to better yourself- that's the great part!

  2. Fitting working out into such a full schedule is definitely tough work sometimes. I've got more time now, but last year was quite a different story, and I know exactly what you mean about how great that first run after a bit of time off feels. Doing what you can is definitely most important, and enjoying what you do. I'm glad you got to stretch your legs out a bit!

    <3 Josephine

  3. Yay for doing what you can. I'm a perfectionist and have to redefine success, over and over and over. :)

  4. Your new year's resolutions sound really inspiring and it's smart to be realistic. My resolution is to try to work on something with my blog and business every day and of course workout, eat better too. hehe

    Nice post, and I like how you talk so honestly how it's hard to juggle schedules