Don’t Wait til the New Year
This guest post was brought to you by Erika LaChance: Don't wait until the New Year - The best time to start exercising is now. Welcome to the holiday season. You know, that period between Thanksgiving and the New Year filled with equal amounts of stress and sweets. From friends' cocktail parties to office potlucks and cream-and-carb-filled family dinners - it seems you're always either planning a meal or eating one. Ironically, this hectic and dessert-laden time of year is when we're suppose to begin thinking ahead to the next one and start making lists of all the things we'll suddenly start doing as soon as the calendar reads January 2: we'll stick to our budget, finally organize that messy closet, and stop counting cookies that include oatmeal as a balanced breakfast. Of course, on top of all that, we'll become fitness freaks overnight. We'll suddenly find the time and energy to go from zero workouts to six a week, and pounds will begin to fly off faster than you can say "no thanks, I don't eat carbs anymore." Maybe this is exactly how it will work for you. Unfortunately, my experience tells me the kind makeover that takes five minutes in a movie montage takes a lot longer in real life. My story went something like this: I grew up as an athlete, but sometime in my early twenties I lost my way in terms of health and fitness. I put on a few more pounds than was probably good for my 5'4 frame, but even more upsetting was the loss of energy and a noticeable decrease in the go-getter attitude that made me such a high achiever in what could probably best be described as 'my previous life'. I was constantly tired. I was irritable, generally pretty unhappy, and despite my best intentions, nothing I did seemed to make much of an impact. New Year's resolutions were made and broken in the span of days, and I always seemed to find reasons to start a new workout regimen after this weekend, and the next, and the next. Then, one day I stopped trying to change everything overnight. I stopped telling myself that if I didn't eat a breakfast of egg whites, workout for an hour, and make it through my entire to-do list by 5pm then I might as well not do any of it. One morning I told myself that instead of being perfect, I'd just try to be better. So, one Tuesday afternoon I walked into one of Addie's Fuse classes, and it was like a breath of fresh air. Her enthusiasm was a palpable presence in the studio, and her unique brand of joy instantly lifted my spirits in a way I hadn't experienced in a very long time. And did I mention the incredible workout? It was everything physical exercise should be - challenging, fun, and (without trying to sound too hokey) inspiring. I was sore as hell the next day, but what really impressed me was the feeling I got right in my core. No, I didn't drop twenty pounds that first hour, but I actually felt like I was getting stronger from the inside out--after ONE session! Anything that makes you feel like you've suddenly developed abs in 24 hours is pretty extraordinary in my opinion. I attended class two or three times a week, and in a couple of months--about the time it takes for even the most well-intentioned resolutions to die--I lost weight (18 pounds!), toned up, and started feeling better about myself and my life. Nowadays, I gladly schedule my weeknight social commitments around Fuse classes, and avoid staying out too late on Friday nights so I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my favorite Saturday morning reformer session. Fuse is my new happy hour, and the thought of a daily workout has gone from a source of dread to a dose of motivation. Plus, I figure it's a small price to pay to ensure I never have to utter the phrase "no thank you, I don't eat carbs anymore." So what are YOU waiting for? There will always be a future date you can start on a path towards better health. Or you can start now. Not only will you be able to savor your holiday desserts sans guilt, you'll start 2012 with one resolution well underway (and extra time to spend on that pesky closet). Erika LaChance, one of our Fuse Ambassadors, not only knows about our classes… she also really knows about food. As Marketing and Communications Director at Cookology, a recreational culinary school, Erika talks a lot about food and cooking.