I mentioned in my last post that I had a few wellness goals for this year. I say wellness because it’s not just about losing weight or getting fit; it’s living your life the healthiest you can. The past year was one of the most stressful and hardest years of my life and a lot of my healthy habits from years prior slowly started to disappear. This year I want to make healthy choices that are sustainable, not just a crazy diet or a quick goal I can accomplish in no time, but actual wellness goals. So I’ve listed my 5 goals below I’ve got my eye on this year.
Since it’s just B and I, cooking for two can become optional really fast. Especially when we’ve had a long day at the shop or I haven’t run to the grocery store to stock up that week. Basically, we become lazy and eat out instead. This for many reasons can become problematic so this year we’ve decided to cook more and to help me readjust to cooking more at home and healthier I’ve started doing the Whole30. I’m not perfect at it by any means but it’s reminding me that I’m actually kind of a good cook and that we like cooking together. It’s a habit I want to continue this year and not fall back into the bad and easy habit of going out.
You’re busy, I’m busy, hey — we are all busy people. But honestly that shouldn’t be an excuse to getting some type of exercise in a few days a week. In a perfect world, I’d be able to wake up at a decent hour, go to the gym for an hour and then walk out of the gym looking fresh enough for work. In reality, that whole process takes at least 2 hours once I calculate commuting to the gym and back. And while I wish I was that eager 25 year old waking up at 5:30 am just to hit the gym hard, I’m not any more. I need my sleep, so instead of longer days I try to have smarter days. Think about it: 30 minutes is a tv show which I can watch without blinking an eye at the time. So I’m challenging myself to just 30 minutes a day of some type of activity — walking, jogging, a yoga video — anything! Thirty minutes a day, that’s the new rule. Plus, it gives me an excuse to buy cute workout clothes. If there are clothes involved, I’m there.
I like water but I like water in the form of coffee or tea or any other form of beverage that uses H2O. But those are not the healthiest choices for me to drink all day long. I’m trying to be better about drinking water and putting all of those cute reusable water bottles I’ve bought with good intentions over the years to use. I’m trying to drink 60-80oz a day. Today? Well, today I’m up to like 12 oz. It’s going to be a long day. 😉
When I was thinking about little things that I could change for the big picture, one thing that came to mind was walking to the shop each day. I’m actually embarrassed to tell you how close we live to the shop and how we drive a lot of the time. If it’s pretty out, of course we will stroll down but I can make an excuse to drive even on a pretty day. So I want to be better about taking advantage of the short walk to the shop, it’s better for me and for the environment and that way I don’t have to be so embarrassed when I tell people how close we live. Although I will say, one time I didn’t have my car and I had to haul a 10lb box from my house to the store. That was impressive. It also only happened once.
I’m not a natural runner. In fact, I’ve tried a few times in my life and to be honest if I can get up to 2 miles I’m happy. But this year I want to challenge myself to run a 5k. I know it’s not a half marathon or even a full one like all you crazy fit people out there, but it’s a good goal for me that I know I can achieve. That’s the deal with me — if I set a goal too lofty, I won’t even start. But a 5k? I can absolutely get there. I’m still a little gun shy to sign up, but I think that’s just the cold right now. Give me some spring weather and I’ll give you 3.1 miles.
What about for you? Any goals on your list this year?
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