Saturday, December 19, 2009

Training Through The Holiday's

It is the favorite time of year for many people, but unfortunately it is also the most stressful. It seems as though every aspect of our life has become more stressful. There are work deadlines, holiday planning, shopping, visiting family and I haven't even started to mention 'everyday' life or training!

There is so much to do, that it is easy to see why many people fall off the wellness wagon. It is important to remember that it doesn't have to be this way. I love the following quote for life in general, but especially when stress gets high!


"Learn from the past, plan for the future, but live in the moment!"


  • Continue to do what has worked in the past and avoid what hasn't. There is no sense in repeating things that don't work for you. Don't worry about how many chocolates you ate this morning at work, or that swim session that you missed earlier this week. Those moments are gone and only thing we can do is use knowledge from the past, to plan a better future.

  • Create a rough outline and plan that will help keep you on track if you start to feel overwhelmed. Don't dwell on it, but use it to help guide you when you are you are so stressed, that you don't know which way is up. Plan your workouts, plan your shopping, plan your meals and be very liberal on how much time you think everything will take. For example; if you have a 1 hour ski scheduled, realize that you will need to allot much more time than just that hour. You will need time for getting dressed and undressed, time to pack your nutrition, time to commute (twice) and realize that you may or may not run into a friend out on the trail.

  • Stay in the moment, live in the moment and enjoy the moment. We are one person and can only do one thing at a time. Focus on what you are doing, love it and know that the present is the only thing that we can do anything about.

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season! 2010 season starts January 1st!


Blake