Better health, that is!
This fall marks the beginning of something I’ve neglected for years; self care.
I am sometimes consumed with the idols of work, busyness, and people pleasing. I need to begin with that confession.
I have neglected caring for my body and my mind these last few years. As I inch (more like race) toward thirty, I am beginning to feel that lack of care. A less trim waist is one thing, but tired eyes, an achey body, a weak immune system, and a scattered mind are not acceptable. I have too much good work to do to let my body become a hindrance.
I realize that these years before children will set a precedent for the rest of my days and the way I care for the well being of my whole future family.
So, I have a few specific goals:
- Exercise moderately. 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strengthening just three little times a week. This may seem like a small goal, but for me, it’s a far cry from where I have been
- Make meals at home, eating out only twice a week for any given meal. I always choose health groceries, but I always choose unhealthy options away from home. I may also have to skip eating with those who will make unhealthy choices until I have practiced self discipline, since I always fall off the wagon when others do. I will instead recommend little coffee dates, walks, and hikes. There are many reasons to get together besides food.
- Sleep. 8 full hours a day. I want to go to bed in time to do that. I think a big part of this can be accomplished by simply leaving my phone on my dresser instead of scrolling through it before bed time.
So, onto the eating front for now:
I know how good fruits and veggies are so good for us, but I could always incorporate more. Especially vegetables!
Their nutritional value and lower sugar make them so healing for our bodies, but if I reach for any healthy snack on the go, it’s much more likely to be a piece of fruit than a veggie.
My favorite juices are veggie heavy with just a little fruit, but there’s no harm in easing your way in with extra fruit until your palate adjusts.Now, this is no substitute for the fiber found in whole foods, but it sure makes a nice supplement.
I can hardly wait til Mr. S is home and I can surprise him with a glass of veggie juice. He would love it!