Remember that juice detox you swore you were going to do? Or the 150 sit us you were meant to complete after sipping your purified water with lemon juice in the morning? No, neither do we, and that’s why we’re gladly waving goodbye to our smug acquaintance January, and welcoming its more reasonable and level-headed friend, February, to centre stage. February doesn’t plague you with guilt or flaunt its sculpted abs over Instagram. February shrugs its shoulders when you accidentally finish off the Christmas chocs or have an impromptu night with a bottle of red wine. We like February and February likes us. Here are the reasons why we think you should join the February club, too:
CHRISTMAS RECOVERY COMPLETE
Christmas is a distant memory – the last of the seasonal goodies have been polished off and the decorations are packed away. If you’re like me and need time to mourn the loss of Christmas, then January really isn’t the best time to set resolutions. The post-Christmas blues can encourage ridiculous goal setting (cue the spontaneous entering of an Ironman or promise to only drink spinach juice until 12pm), which by mid-January have inevitably been forgotten. However, by February you’ll feel in a much better place to think with clarity about the year ahead and be more inclined to set sensible goals for the year. Want to do an Ironman? Perhaps sign up for a sprint triathlon and see how you get on.
HELLO JANUARY PAY-CHEQUE
Dry January often refers to my bank balance rather than my alcohol consumption. If I want to commit to something, I like to do it properly and this often means spending a bit of money. Signing up to a yoga workshop or investing in some new running gear might be necessary for carrying out your New Year’s resolution, but saving these expenditures until February gives you time to recover your finances, as well as giving you time to think about whether you really need to make that purchase.
This morning I woke up to the realisation that I would be walking to work in the light – glorious, unexpected daylight! Remember that thing we need for Vitamin D, that January selfishly keeps at bay? Come sunny February, early morning runs don’t seem quite so horrendous and it feels like there are more hours in the day. Perfect for sticking to New Year’s plans – cheers Feb.
SPRING IS ON ITS WAY
Some daffodils made an impromptu appearance in January, which although unusual means that spring is well and truly on its way. Without winter looming relentlessly ahead, keeping new plans seems more realistic and actually quite exciting. It’s a good time to start exercising outdoors again and make the most of the green spaces that London has to offer.
If you like goal setting, today is the perfect day to set some. Lent provides the opportunity to give up some old habits (or take up something new) and with just 40 days stretching ahead, with the promise of chocolate at the end, it’s a much more appealing than a New Year’s Resolution. I’m trying to give up refined sugar and Jess is attempting to cut out dairy to curb her cappuccino habit. I can’t say we’re always successful, but we’ll give it a good go.
What else do we want to achieve now we’re part of the February brigade? Unusually, we don’t have anything crazy on the list, just the determination to eat better, exercise more and train properly for the half marathons we have coming up. Our plans might not be set in stone but we’re feeling much more optimistic about 2016 and excited about what’s to come.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT FEBRUARY?