When I decided today (the Monday after Thanksgiving) that I would be “getting back on the wagon” I laughed at myself because I really didn’t know the meaning or origin of the phrase… so in the tradition of #becomingabetterme, I looked it up…
“The ‘wagon’ in this American expression refers to the water wagons used to sprinkle water on the streets to keep the dust down. During the times of Prohibition in the 19th century, men often climbed onto these wagons and took an oath they would give up alcohol and drink only water. This gave rise to the expression ‘to be on the water cart/wagon’; it was later shortened to ‘on the wagon’.
When these individuals broke their pledge and started hitting the bottle again, they were said to have ‘fallen off the wagon’. ” (yes, I googled it, and yes that is a direct quote from an article called “Know Your English”)
Anywho, the point is, I let things get in the way of my biggest need – the exercise. I am sure that some people roll their eyes at that statement, but the truth is, I do need it. My mother once told me that when you work out regularly, your body comes to REQUIRE the exercise. Of course at the time I thought she was crazy, but it turns out she was correct – who woulda thunk??? A Mom… correct??? Wow… Earth shattering!
So here is it, my declaration… I am back on the wagon and back to my goal of #becomingabetterme. Tonight I sweat, tonight I ate well, and tomorrow I will be sore. But I will be happy, and ready to do it again!