It's February, which means it's spring, right? RIGHT?!!
As I write this message to you, the sun is streaming in through my office window and I feel hopeful that warmer weather is on its way...
But the weather, like many things, is outside my control.
What is within my control?
Look, I know your current state of health and wellness is not all down to you.
You have been affected by external stuff... chance, environment, other people's decisions and actions... and this has had an impact on your wellbeing.
But the thing is, you can't control that stuff so there isn't much use in dwelling on it (other than to learn from it)
So what can you do?
Here are three things you can do right now to start making a positive difference to your wellbeing:
Get up from wherever you are, and have a stroll, or stretch, or do some press ups, or dance around - whatever is accessible to (and enjoyable for) you.
It really doesn't matter what it is, just move your body for five...
Happy New Year!
Okay, okay, I'm a bit late to the party on this one...
But January is a pretty hectic time for me, so getting going on new projects at the start of the year is not the best idea.
Jan 1st is a family day, to celebrate the New Year. I'm a bigger fan of NYD than NYE.
Jan 4th the kids went back to school, so before that date we're still wayyyy out of routine.
But then that week is only 3 days, and most of that is catching up with what I missed while offline for 2.5 weeks, plus finishing off my university coursework which was due in on Monday 9th and Thursday 12th.
The week after that was a write off, because it was my birthday on Tuesday 10th and then I was away in Bristol for a couple of days, so again no projects could be started in earnest.
But then I had two exams on Monday 16th and Thursday 19th, so I was in last-minute cram mode - and Saturday 21st was my youngest daughter's 8th birthday - no time for new projects.
And so it continues...
I'm just getting...
Life is never static.
As we go through our respective journeys, we grow and develop.
We change physically, mentally, emotionally...
Our environment changes, our families change, our friends change, our work changes.
So why do we attempt to keep our fitness and wellbeing goals the same?
You won't be alone if at least some of your health and fitness goals are rooted in reclaiming a past sense of yourself.
Huge swathes of fitness marketing revolve around youthfulness, either in appearance or performance.
Getting back your pre-pregnancy body.
Being as athletic as you were at 20.
Tightening and toning up, regaining what you thought was lost forever.
Now, don't get me wrong, good fitness and wellbeing habits do have anti-aging (or even aging-reversal) effects - resistance training (such as lifting weights) for example can have some really tremendous results on a cellular level.
But is it detrimental to have this goal of time-travel at the core of our fitness activities?
Because, let's be...
I'm writing this from a place of understanding.
Well, actually I'm writing it from my bed. But you get the idea.
I get ill a fair bit. Due to my medical history, my immune system is pretty shit. It's just the hand I've been dealt.
So with that, I know all too well what it's like to get set up with some awesome new habits, and then suddenly the energy is gone and I can barely get out of bed.
So yeah, I get it.
If this sounds familiar, then I have three things to say which will (hopefully) help you.
To be quite frank, getting unwell is pretty standard. Everyone has physical and mental health, and unless you're Bruce Willis in Unbreakable you're probably going to go through periods where that health isn't quite where you'd like it to be.
So yeah, allow it.
Accept that you're not firing on all cylinders, and accept that some things are probably going to slip.
You're unlikely to be able to keep ALL your habits going while you're unwell, so don't...