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My well being journey has been precisely that — a journey. One which has ebbed and flowed, I’ve been equally constant and inconsistent through the years, with plenty of “determining” what works and doesn’t work for me. As we approached a brand new 12 months [hello 2023], my well being was on the forefront of my thoughts for a number of causes:
- I used to be on the heaviest level I’ve ever been.
- I used to be not feeling nicely in my garments. In any respect.
- We’re getting extra critical about attempting for a child.
I’m not going to lie – that final quantity had my mindset twisted for some time. At the back of thoughts, I discovered myself saved saying “why attempt too onerous in your well being when hopefully in a month or two you’re going to be craving [and indulging in] mashed potatoes and ice cream frequently?! I had gotten to an unhealthy psychological place the place I used to be telling myself that there was no level in attempting to get more healthy as a result of if all issues went nicely, I’d rapidly be gaining it again due to a child. Besides then one thing clicked. Each month that has handed the place being pregnant didn’t occur, I began considering the alternative “what if I centered on getting as wholesome as attainable now in order that my physique is feeling as nice as attainable to step into that subsequent part of life?!”
And so right here we’re. A renewed mindset with new targets. This angle shift of “what can I do at present to handle my well being – bodily and mentally to organize me for a greater tomorrow” has been one which I used to be very due for and am so grateful to have stepped into.
Let’s stroll by what I’m doing this 12 months to grow to be my healthiest, happiest self.
Earlier than we dive in, let’s speak in regards to the gear first [because we all know, that’s a very important step in the health journey process ;)] We joke about it, however I do assume it’s true — when you could have objects to put on that you just really feel good in, it makes all the course of extra pleasing. I lately stocked up on new [bright, colorful] exercise put on for Florida all from adidas. For years I’ve trusted their sneakers and leggings to maintain me shifting. For those who’re additionally engaged on crushing some targets, set small targets and reward your self with a brand new piece of exercise gear — trace: begin right here.
Now, again to what I’m prioritizing to really feel my finest.
Sneakers [true to size]
Let’s discuss motion for a minute. If that is one thing I don’t prioritize I can simply finish the day with 2,000-3,000 steps complete. Working from a pc at house is among the most sedentary jobs so I’ve realized through the years. Not solely that however it makes my joints stiffer from sitting so lengthy and I simply really feel a lot extra stressed and drained all day. This 12 months, I’ve prioritized one factor: strolling. Each time I’ve quarter-hour to an hour of time, I stroll. For me, this appears like strolling the canine for 20-Half-hour within the morning, utilizing my lunch hour to stroll, after which normally a 20-30 minute stroll with the canine within the night. Fortunately the Florida local weather has helped make this objective simpler to attain, however even in case you are someplace chilly and have entry to a treadmill, you will get an ideal stroll session within the morning, afternoon, or evening. However, like with any new behavior – you need to prioritize and schedule it into your day such as you would a gathering. My lunch hour has grow to be a non-negotiable “me time” to maneuver.
Let’s speak in regards to the different huge piece of the puzzle – diet. For those who’ve adopted me for any size of time, you’ve most likely picked up on the truth that my food regimen is one in all a four-year-old. Give me an enormous bowl of macaroni and cheese, french fries, Doritos, and an enormous pile of ranch and I’m good. It seems, these carb-loaded meals that haven’t any actual vitamins don’t do an incredible job of protecting me feeling lean, robust, and wholesome. Who knew 😉 This 12 months, I’ve chosen to prioritize one factor – protein. My objective is to eat 100 grams of protein per day and what I’ve discovered is that once I full this objective, I’m going by my day feeling glad, full, and never bloated. When you’re specializing in getting protein-packed meals in, you don’t end up reaching for processed snacks and pastas as a result of shock: you gained’t be getting any additional on assembly your protein objective. Listed here are a number of methods I get it in:
- Consuming non-fat greek yogurt with blueberries, chia seeds, and pure peanut butter
- Including collagen powder to my espresso each morning.
- Snacking on beef jerky, protein bars, and string cheese.
- Including chickpeas and grilled rooster to salads
- Having well-rounded dinners of meat, a veggie, and a baked potato.
Along with protein, I’ve been monitoring my energy to be aware of what number of energy I’m consuming [I’ve found when I get out of this habit, I start to snack on random processed things throughout the day]. Data is energy [and eye-opening].
A number of different issues which have helped — I goal to drink 1/2 my physique weight in water daily, I begin my day by writing every day affirmations and intentions, and I’ve a number of buddies who’re becoming a member of me on this journey that we’ve got a textual content string going for motivation and assist.
By doing the above for 3 weeks, I felt one of the best I had in a really [very] very long time. A number of kilos misplaced, much more vitality, elevated confidence in getting dressed, and a refreshed thoughts from contemporary air exterior and common motion in my day. I’m presently working to get again on observe after happening a cruise, internet hosting buddies in Florida, and now being in Las Vegas for work, however like I do know, it’s a journey and it’ll proceed to be one. My largest recommendation: determine what works for YOU. Experiment with your personal journey and have enjoyable within the course of.
Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a pastime weblog right into a full-time profession which she now runs alongside the LIY workforce! When not in entrance of her pc display screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in entrance of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you’ll find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up along with her two pups and husband more than likely watching the most recent Shark Tank episode, or getting misplaced in a straightforward seaside learn.