So it’s January, which has a reputation for being the worst month of the year. It’s cold, Christmas is over, and everyone is feeling bloated and broke. I have to say the January blues don’t usually get me, but this year I guess it’s an exception. I had a lovely Christmas spent with friends and family, eating good food and going on lovely long runs in the countryside. So being back in London has been tough- getting up on that first Monday back at work was a real struggle!
So here’s how I’m trying to keep myself going.
Netflix and chill…seriously.
All jokes aside, I’m hooked on Making a Murderer, and have been watching it religiously on Netflix. One of my goals (resolutions?!) for this year was to try to spend less time running around like a headless chicken from one thing to another. Hence the time carved out in the week for watching TV with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s well-needed!
No typical “resolutions”
Whilst I have goals for the year, I haven’t made any drastic resolutions. That means no fad detox, no diet and no Dry January. This month is hard enough as it is without adding a ton of extra pressure. Plus my lifestyle is fairly healthy as it is!
Podcasts and walking
I’m trying to walk as much of my commute as I can- usually twenty minutes from the main train station, as opposed to getting public transport. I’m completely in love with season 2 of Serial- for anyone who hasn’t heard, it’s about an American POW who abandoned his post in Afghanistan. It’s so addictive and keeps my mind occupied as I get some fresh air. And let’s be honest, the tube sucks anyway.
Concrete, short-term running goals
I have two events planned for this month; a trail-running day trip (this weekend!) and a 10K at the end of the month, both with City Runners. Whilst I have my long-term goals for the year established, it was really great to have some events in the diary to look forward to in the short term.
Some gentle self-motivation
To be honest I’ve been in a bit of a slump with (all) fitness this past week. Being back in grey, rainy London has been a difficult adjustment when I spent a week exploring the fields, forests and trails of Herefordshire over the Christmas break. The gym is also going to be packed, since it’s January- but I managed to work out a lot during December, meaning I kind of want to be a lazy and use this as an excuse! I’m not being too hard on myself, but I’m sliiightly bullying myself into going on runs (even when it’s cold and rainy). Weirdly enough I’m seen as the fitness freak in my new office, so I have a reputation to live up to!
How do you motivate yourself through January? Hot chocolate? Food? Exercise?
Lots of love,