Ah yes, the first blog post of a brand new year. And we are discussing healthy habits!
Here’s the thing. I got into a good rhythm back before we went on holiday. I was a meal prepping boss and worked out almost every day. I had my shit together and felt really good about myself. When I came back from holiday, I was engaged and I decided that since D made the choice to love me no matter what, I could eat whatever I wanted.
Nah, I’m kidding. But we did splurge and drink, a lot. And I got lazy. And then it was my birthday, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And now here we are. I have significantly low energy, I’m constantly bloated and extremely tired, my clothes are tight, and I am in no way proud of my body.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for myself was to finally get a body I am proud of. I want to lean out and tone up my muscles. I want to be strong and more flexible. I want to be a lot less lethargic throughout the day. When I eat, I want to feel fueled and healthy. I want my glowing clear skin to come back.
Therefore, I have decided to quit being lazy and get back to my healthy habits. Interestingly enough, I actually miss all of these habits and am excited to make them part of my lifestyle through 2019. Here are a few below.
Workout Five to Six Times a Week
Instead of being completely out of breath when walking up a flight of stairs, I want to get back in shape. I generally feel my best when I get a daily workout in which is why I want to workout around 5 to 6 times a week.
I love all different kinds of workouts and am always open to switching things up from swimming to kickboxing and walking to yoga. But my favourite workouts are from Sarah’s Day’s ebooks. They range from 30-45 minute HIIT exercises and tend to kick my ass right into shape. I plan to begin her 16 week lifestyle fitness challenge. Once that is up, my end goal is to develop my own personal fitness routine that works best for me.
I would love to try new fitness classes in London as well. They tend to be quite expensive but I’d like to find some deals or coupons and try new things out this year. I still have acro yoga on my fitness bucket list so maybe this will finally be my year for that.
This was also a resolution of mine for 2019. I got into meditation a little bit in 2018 and it really seemed to help keep my stress under control and helped me manage my mood swings better.
I got into the habit of doing a little bit of meditation directly after my morning workouts which really helps me prepare for the day ahead. I want to start that up again, and maybe even learn to meditate as needed throughout the day as well. I’ve used mediation to help myself fall asleep before and it helped immensely.
Making Myself Breakfast
I think this may be a bit more difficult to get used to because I have not been getting up very early for quite a few months now. And I usually either eat breakfast at my desk at work at 8:30am or I wake up too late on weekends and my breakfast becomes my lunch.
Hence why I want to take more time for myself to enjoy a breakfast in the mornings especially after I’ve worked out. Thankfully, I tend to meal prep overnight oats, breakfast burritos, and have frozen fruit for smoothies so that if I am running late, it will be much more simple. However, if I do have the time, I’d like to enjoy my avocado toast, a cooked egg scramble, or even healthy waffles or pancakes on days when I need some sweetness.
Waking Up Early
This kind of goes hand in hand with all of the above habits I mentioned. I was never a morning person. I had always much preferred to stay up late and sleep in and have slow mornings as a teenager, but that has changed a lot in the last 4 or 5 years. I find myself wanting to be up by 8 or 9 on weekends so that I have time to get everything done before the sun goes down again.
And I have found that my body stays healthier when I start my days earlier and have enough time to workout, meditate, eat a good breakfast, and get to work on time. This basically means I need to get back to my 6am wake up calls. Joy joy joy!
Staying Off the Scale
When I am trying to lose weight, I tend to become a little obsessed with the scale. I always say I use it to make sure that what I am doing is working, but as soon as I don’t receive the results I want, I get really upset with myself.
This year, I’ve decided that I’m going to be much better about it. I will only allow myself to use the scale once a week at most, but truly go by my measurements when it boils down to the logistics.
To be quite honest, I want to use the scale to track my progress with losing weight as I plan to keep a diary with all that info for looking back and seeing what worked best for me.
Less Social, More Learning
I definitely have a habit of mindlessly scrolling and checking my social media when I don’t know what else to do with my time. I’d like to take that habit and put it to good use.
Instead of mindlessly scrolling during my lunch break, I want to take that time and read a chapter of a book. Or I want to listen to a podcast that will benefit my mental health, my business, or anything else. Instead of always choosing Netflix when there’s nothing else to do, I want to play a board game with D, or read, or watch an informative TED talk.
Essentially, I want to make better use of my free time and get into the habit of choosing things that will make me a better and stronger person.
If there is one thing I have gave up on lately, it’s been my self care. Sure, I’ve painted my nails and brushed my teeth, but I have stopped taking my supplements, putting on my face oils, and I can’t remember the last time I let my hair air dry.
I want to get back into my daily skincare routine, exfoliate my body weekly, do more hair masks, and make sure I am taking my daily probiotic. It’s no wonder I’ve had so many acne breakouts lately.
I also want to get back to taking a relaxing bath every once in awhile. Last winter, I would get in the bath at night with some yummy smelling Lush products and read a book for 20-30 minutes while I let the face mask do its work. There really is nothing like this to rejuvenate my body and soul and I need to get back into the habit of taking care of myself.
Truth be told, the last few months of 2018, I let myself go. I just sat back and let myself enjoy life however and whenever I pleased. And it wasn’t a bad thing. I was able to be a lot less neurotic about certain things and just take things as they come, but that mindset definitely does not work when I am brand new at getting into a healthy lifestyle.
It takes a lot of work and dedication. It takes time to build up habits so that it becomes part of a ritual instead of being forced. And this is what 2019 is going to be for me. It’s going to be my year when I take my healthy habits and make them part of my lifestyle. By the end of the year, I want all these things on this list to just be part of my daily life without much thought.
What are some healthy habits you want to improve on over the course of this year? Share them below!