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Happiest of New Years to YOU!!
I LOVE this time of year because there is this contagious positive buzz in the air. People are eager to tackle goals, take on challenges, start new habits, end bad habits, and just hit the “reset” button.
Who doesn’t love a fresh start?!?
Well, here’s the thing… we can get excited about all those goals, challenges, starts-and-stops, but it’s about the COMMITMENT! Are you ready to completely commit to your plan of simplifying your life, feeling confident in that bathing suit, being more positive, meditating, reading more books, etc.? Are you ready to COMMIT to YOU for YOU? Are you ready to start TODAY?
I say, YES! Seriously, folks! Let’s take on 2018 like no other year. Let’s make 2018 OUR BEST YEAR to date!
One way I’d like to encourage you to do so (as I’m sure it’s somewhere on that resolution or intentions list of yours…) is to live a more balanced, healthy lifestyle. Ditch the diets! Ditch the restrictions! Ditch any idea of the “perfect body.” Let’s create balance! Let’s start new HABITS that easily fit YOUR LIFE. Let’s love on yourself! Let’s water your grass and show others how to do the same to theirs. And let’s start TODAY!
Here are five ways to start living a more healthy lifestyle TODAY!
1. Drink more water.
Head to the kitchen, pick out your favorite water bottle, fill it up how you like (with ice, without, with fruit, or without), and start sippin! Hungry? Drink some water (first). Headache? Drink some water. Tired? Drink some water.
Water has so many benefits like better skin, more energy, flushing out the nasty inside us, etc. Make water your best friend, and bring it with you everywhere! If it’s near, you’ll have a higher chance of getting it in your system.
Goal: Drink roughly half your body weight in water today.
2. Get moving!
Unless you’re on a treadmill at the gym while reading this, I want you to take a break from reading and go do a lap. Seriously, stop reading and go walk around your entire house (inside or out).
Now how do you feel? Didn’t do it? Then stand up and crank out ten squats. DO IT!
Nnnooowww, how do you feel? You should feel good! And that’s how moving your body will make you feel when you make the commitment. You don’t have to run ten miles or do a million pushups and crunches everyday to feel the benefits of living a more active life. It’s the small things! Wake up a little earlier in the morning, find some YouTube workout videos, and do one. Sub out thirty minutes on your phone or watching TV for a walk outside with your dog, family, or self. Shoot, you can bring the dang phone! Just move!
One fantastic gadget that keeps me in-check on my daily movement is my Fitbit. I aim for at least 10,000 steps a day, and when I see I’m low, I simply get to moving (cleaning my whole house earns me more than 6,000 alone)! If the Fitbit is out of your budget, you can find a simple fitness tracker (like this one) for $10. Invest in YOURSELF!
Goal: Move in some way, shape or form today that is different than any other day. Then make a mental note of how you feel afterwards.
3. Drop the excuses.
“I don’t have time.” “I have kids.” “I work really long hours.” “I’m too out of shape.” “I’ll start tomorrow.” “I don’t know where to begin.” “I can’t afford the gym.” “I don’t have any equipment at home.” “I can’t afford organic food.”
I know this one sounds harsh, but you gotta do it. You gotta stop making excuses.
I am a military wife of a man who travels about half the month. I’m also a mom of three active and sometimes uncontrollable kids five and under. I used to work longer hours than I liked, and now stay home where the duties NEVER end. But ya know what? I workout for AT LEAST 30 minutes almost every.single.day!
Why? Because I dropped the excuses and made my health a priority, a habit. Meal prepping, working out first thing in the morning, going on walks with my kids, and eating mostly healthy comes as naturally to me these days as brushing my teeth and taking a shower. It’s just part of my day, a thing I must do to take care of myself.
You, too, can make health a habit, but first you have to start. Then you have to keep going and going until it’s all of a sudden a very natural part of your daily/weekly routine. Promise, it can and does happen!
Goal: Write down all your excuses. Then write ways you can overcome those excuses.
4. Amp up the veggies.
I am the first to admit- I am no fan of salads! The thought of some bland salad makes me want to just skip the meal altogether. However, over time I’ve learned different ways to eat more veggies.
My fav? Spinach or kale in a delish smoothie! Protein powder + frozen mangos + powdered peanut butter + unsweetened almond milk + a couple handful of greens + a dash of cinnamon = HEAVEN in the mornings (to me)! And boom! Just like that, I’ve snuck in a couple servings of veggies.
Find ways that work for you to sneak in those nutritious, fiber-rich, natural veggies. Chop up some green peppers, onions, and tomatoes and throw them in an omelette. Substitute shredded cauliflower for rice and make “chicken fried rice.” Bake some muffins with zucchini and carrots mixed inside. Pinterest it up, and find some ideas that work for you!
Goal: Get creative in the kitchen and use those veggies you’ve been avoiding.
5. Listen to your body.
Getting in tune with your body is such a huge part of living a more balanced life. We’ve all done the mindless eating or skipped a workout because we can’t get off the couch (excuses, btw). However, if you really listen to what you’re body is telling you, you’ll have your answers on what your body needs to live its best life.
Are you hungry or are you actually bored/stressed/tired/angry/emotional? Too tired to workout? Well, guess what? Your body would LOVE the boost of energy that comes from a little physical activity. Sore or rundown? Then rest. It’s OK. Craving certain foods? There’s a reason behind it! (Here’s a great article that explains some of those cravings… Food Cravings and What They’re Trying to Tell You).
Goal: Be mindful of how you feel today. When are you hungry? Tired? Thirsty? Energetic? Pay attention to your body’s cues and jot those feelings/times down.