I always have about 273 things that I want to do in my life, and about 200 of those are ways that I want to improve myself. “I should set up a studio in my garage and paint more. I should be more organized. I should work towards doing a headstand in yoga. I should drink a green smoothie every morning…”. There’s so much chatter going on inside my head that I often get super overwhelmed and I end up doing nothing. I have been feeling fed up lately with so much dreaming and “I should’s” and not enough reaching goals and taking names. Have any of you ever read The Happiness Project? In the book you follow author Gretchen Rubin for a yearlong journey in which she strives to become happier. She dedicates each month to a different goal. It was a little too structured for me, but the one thing I took away from it was to set goals and to break things down so they’re more achievable. I keep thinking about how I need to get back to the basics before I can move on to those 273 some odd projects that nag at me everyday. If I’m not feeling good and healthy both mentally and physically, I might as well give up now, because those things I want to accomplish will fall by the wayside. I want to concentrate on my health and then move onto other goals.
I consider myself a fairly healthy person, but I think I kid myself sometimes because it tends to be more like I intend to be a healthy person. Have you ever said to someone something like, “Yeah, I do yoga!” without even realizing you haven’t been on your mat for over a month? Sometimes I forget that I haven’t even been doing the things that make me feel my best. This month (yes even though I’m starting in the middle of it) I want to get back to the basics and set some goals for myself so they’re not just floating around with all my other to-do’s. Health comes first, no matter what.
My Health Goals:
1. Drink 65 ounces of water everyday (which can be in form of unsweetened tea, as well): You should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of good ol’ H20 everyday. For example: I weigh about 130 lbs, so I should drink 65 oz each day. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to drink about 16 oz of water right after you wake up and before you have anything to eat. It helps to flush out toxins and start your day on the right foot. As silly as it is, drinking from a pretty water bottle helps me drink more throughout the day. Here’s one of my faves:
2. Start meditating every morning: I have tried meditating before and it’s usually short-lived. I have the usual and common complaints; I get bored easily and it’s hard to clear my mind fully. However, I’ve heard time and time again that it gets better with practice. I’ve read so much about the many benefits of meditation (especially if you have depression) and I want to cash in on them! I have an app on my phone called Calm and I’m going to give it a go. I’ll let you know what I think in next week’s update.
3. Yoga: It’s the best. Why do I fall off the bandwagon when I love it so much?? Every time I make the effort to get to class and put time in on my mat I am sooo thankful. I go to a hot yoga studio in San Diego, but if it’s not possible for you to go to a live class, try this app that both Stephanie and I love. My goal is to do it at least five times a week.
4. Eat more veggies (and LOVE them!): Ugh it sounds so predictable, doesn’t it? In fact I must admit this whole list does. We’re always looking for some new flashy and easier way to feel better, but it really does come down to the basics. When you just tell yourself to eat more veggies it sounds less than appealing, even if you like vegetables like me! I like to find new recipes to try that get me excited to be in the kitchen. Also, with vegetables you definitely get what you pay for. It makes a HUGE difference to buy locally grown organic veggies that are in season. I feel a whole lot happier about eating my veggies if they’re colorful, fresh and beautiful. I am not, however, going to be very psyched about pulling out a 6 month old freezer-burned bag of frozen ‘vegetable medley’. Yuck! Visit inspiring veggie-based websites like Oh She Glows and The First Mess. In fact, while you’re at it check out some of my recipes!
–Honey-Lime Glazed Salmon and Summer Salad
–Superfood and Gluten-Free Shrimp Ceviche
It’s so much better to buy quality ingredients that you’re excited about eating than forcing yourself to eat something that’s healthy, but less than inspiring. Veggies might surprise you, give them a chance!
5. Sleep Like a Baby: When we were kids our parents knew how important it was to keep us on a regular sleep schedule. If we weren’t in bed by a certain time, they knew we would get cranky and the whole next day could be thrown off. We don’t treat ourselves to the same luxury anymore, though. It’s so easy to watch just one more episode on Netflix and decide to go to bed an hour later, even if you’re still waking up early the next day. Sleep is one of the MOST important things we can do for ourselves, and staying consistent is key. I tend to be all over the map when it comes to my sleep schedule, but I want to make a conscious effort to make it a priority. Starting now my bedtime during the week is 10… (this might be the most challenging goal for me).
There you have it, folks! My goals for the month. I’m going to keep a little daily journal of how it goes each day. I’ll update you next week on how I’m doing, but you know what I would looooveeee? If you did them along with me! Even if your health goals are different from mine, I would love to hear about what you do to keep yourself happy and healthy. What are your health ‘basics’? Are you good at staying consistent with them or do you struggle like me sometimes? Do you have any apps that help keep you on track?
I would love to hear from you guys! I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend, and we’ll see you next week!
Good habits are as addicting as bad habits, but much more rewarding”