Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone is having a great week. Thank you for stopping by to read this blog!
Today, I wanted to share mindsets + motivations as we head into a brand new year. This post may be in a little different of a voice than you are used to for me, but I think it is good to get a little tough love every once + a while. 😉 I find that many people around me find exercise + eating well to be an optional lifestyle that they are choosing not to participate in. BUT, let me just start out by saying that your health depends on both of those elements, this isn’t just about how you look. I don’t know about you, but I’m doing my best to avoid preventable diseases.
Here we go:
-Comparing your body to someone else’s body literally makes zero sense. We are all different. Different heights, different limb length, born to be different. Don’t kill yourself trying to look like someone else.
-Don’t focus so much energy on fighting or hating the old, but instead focus on building and loving the new.
-Habits are hard to break + hard to start. The good news? It does get easier with time.
-You only get one body, treat it well.
-Mental health is an enormous part of overall health. Check in with yourself often on how you are doing mentally. Find strategies to lessen your stress + anxiety, do them even when you aren’t feeling especially overwhelmed.
-The part of health that WE control is a summation of little choices that we make all day, every day.
-Don’t let people make you feel bad for being healthy. Who cares if they tease you for saying no to the baked good they are about to indulge in.
-Pack your own darn lunch! You’ll save lots of money + you can control what you eat.
-Grocery shop every week! Fresh fruits + vegetables require regular visits to the grocery store. Not having healthy food on hand leads to poor choices.
-There is no short cut.
-There is no magic potion.
-Exercise is not punishment.
-Eating right is not punishment.
-SLEEP has much to do with your overall health.
-Wake up early enough to not be in a full out rush in the morning. I sit-down to eat breakfast + a full glass of water every morning.
-You don’t need to be on a “diet”. The most important thing is to eat REAL + minimally processed foods.
-If it wasn’t around 100 years ago, don’t eat it. **I read this recently + LOVED it. I want to incorporate this! 😉
-Most of what you drink should be WATER. And being properly hydrated is a BIG part of your health.
-Moderation is KEY in many areas of life.
-Drinking wine every day is NOT good for you + will make is much harder to control your waistline. Please don’t tell me you belong to a wine club, but not a health club.
-If you are new to exercise, just START. The best approach might be to start with something you think you’ll enjoy. Hiking, walking, rock climbing, fitness classes, yoga, cycling…whatever sounds good to you!
-A 20 minute workout is better than no workout. Those of us that workout regularly don’t have any more time than those that don’t…think about it 😉
-Lifting weights is a key part of an exercise routine. Yes, for women. If you don’t know how to do it, jump in a class, watch online videos, workout with a trainer. You aren’t going to learn from avoidance.
-Redefine what you think of as a “treat”. If you grab a cupcake or cookie every time there is one offered to you, that isn’t a treat. That’s a habit.
-Fast food + eating out should be rare occasions.
-Not all coffee drinks are created equal. The yummier, likely the more sugary + calorie laden.
-From years of nursing experience, I’m telling you…your health is everything. The earlier you start to make it a priority the better off you’ll be.
-And as always, balance is key.
Don’t get overwhelmed if you have a lot of changes to make, just start SOMEWHERE. Maybe it is getting less coffee drinks. Maybe it is cutting back on wine. Maybe it is starting to walk around the neighborhood. By 2018 you could be a new + improved version of YOURSELF 🙂
What did you think? What would you add?
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Xo. Ames