This post is sponsored by Lean Cuisine.
January is the month of new starts. It’s like the Monday of months. “My diet will start on January 1st!” “My smoking will end on January 1st!” “I’ll finally stop drunk dialing Chuck Woolery on January 1st! Okay, maybe January 2nd! I have to find out what he thinks of Lisa Rinna joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills before I go completely cold turkey! Two and two, baby! Hahahaha for the love of god what’s wrong with me?”
But for that reason, I always find January to be a little annoying.
As soon as the new year starts, it seems like we’re bombarded with weight loss commercials and gym deals. Your Spin class that’s usually empty is suddenly packed with people who have no idea that you always take the bike by the door, so hands off, man. And if you have any friends or acquaintances who just so happen to sell nutritional supplements, get ready to defriend them on Facebook in a hot second because they’re probably going to post two million updates about their miracle pill system. I once even stopped talking to an old co-worker after she sent me an email about a “belly fat buster” with the message, “I thought of you when I saw this!” How…sweet.
But seriously, after this craziness, it’s no surprise that everyone’s ready to gorge themselves on heart-shaped food by the time February hits. We’re all just trying to erase the memory of seeing our weird neighbor Gary do crunches in his driveway wearing nothing but a half-shirt and a smile. (Okay, that might just be me.)
Anyway, while I appreciate and respect people who are ready to get healthy in the new year, I myself try to keep that goal all year long. Emphasis on “TRY.” I mean, I live in a town where Queso is considered to be an appetizer, an entree, a dessert, a snack, a topping and a vegetable. Plus, for some stupid reason, we can send a man to the moon, but we can’t make a calorie-free Chardonnay. What’s the deal, Scientists? Do I need to raise money for a grant or something? I know about 200 friends of mine who’ll chip in, so let’s talk, nerds.
But while I do try to be healthy, the one thing I’ve learned at my age is that when it comes to diet and exercise, the best thing to do is keep things in balance. A healthy lifestyle is never all or nothing. That lemonade/cayenne pepper/maple syrup diet? Disgusting. Exercising for three hours a day? No way. Having fat sucked out of your body by a doctor recommended by Groupon? Oh, baby, no. Those types of thing are just not good or realistic for your real life. And that’s why I’m excited to be working on a promotion with Lean Cuisine. They don’t push unrealistic expectations of food, and I appreciate that because last year I became homicidal after 2.5 minutes on a cleanse.
So over the month of January, I’m going to be sharing some funny pieces I’ve created to encourage people to live a balanced life with Lean Cuisine. Like, surprisingly funny pieces. Like, they really let me write that? funny pieces. I’ll be showing them on Instagram (@wendiaarons), Twitter (@wendiaarons) and on my Facebook page with the hashtag #MMMotivateMeLC. If you like them, please share. If not, we don’t ever have to talk about this ever again, but I might get upset and send you emails about belly fat busters.
And on that note, Happy New Year to all of you!
(Except if you’re my weird neighbor Gary or Chuck Woolery.)