We are about one month into the New Year, and the holiday season long gone. Now is the time to settle into our winter routines. Hopefully January has been filled with motivation, healthy choices, and positivity. I like to reflect on the past few weeks to see if I genuinely followed the goals that I set for myself. I look at the barriers that I was faced with and how I overcame them. My barriers this January were the cold weather, catching the stomach flu, and adjusting to new semester and work schedules. Healthy living requires adaptability.
I’ve posted a lot about the importance of finding time in our daily lives to be physically active. It all comes down to a choice: to move or not to move. Increasing your amount of purposeful activities is a great way to become more physically active. Purposeful activities include walking to your destination rather than driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from work or the store. These are all things that we can do every day that can add up and improve our health. Once these activities become habitual, its time to take your physical activity to the next level. Find at least 30 minutes in your day to dedicate to additional physical activity or exercise of your choice. It is important that you spend that time doing something that you enjoy, because if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it.
Finding a friend or loved one to join you makes a world of a difference. A good partner gives you the motivation to commit to your workout and encourages you to do your very best. Having the support of another person can push you to do amazing things. You can help each other reach new goals and overcome unexpected barriers. It is a great opportunity to bond with someone when you’re sharing the same experience. Misery loves company, right? There is no greater feeling than crushing a particularly hard workout together.
I also want to talk about how it is important to reward yourself. I think its perfectly acceptable to indulge once a week, as long as you keep moderation in mind. For as much as I love healthy food, I equally love the bad stuff. Nachos and chocolate are my absolute weakness. I think of them as soul food. When you finally find the nutritious balance of your diet, you can allow yourself to have those treats that you love. You have to keep your soul happy too. A little bit of chocolate never hurt nobody 🙂
A challenge that I have for you this week is to do a 3-day recall of what you ate this past weekend. Try to think about your motivations for your food decisions, were they nutrition-based or craving-based? Think about the meals and snacks you had and if you felt satiated or hungry throughout the day. Did you eat food that you don’t usually consume during the week? Did you find yourself mindlessly munching? The purpose of this challenge is to help you become more aware of what you are eating and why. Becoming conscious is a major step in finding your own balance when it comes to nutrition. Stay motivated, keep setting goals, and remember why you’re making personal wellness a priority. Exercising and eating healthy are choices that you can make every day that are well worth the effort!
“Self-worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don’t feel good about you, it’s hard to feel good about anything else.” -Mandy Hale