The other day, I dropped Portia off at karate and had 40 minutes to either A) sit and ‘watch her’ (a.k.a aimlessly peruse Instagram on my phone) or B) run upstairs to the gym and squeeze in a really quick workout. From the time I got on the treadmill to the time I had to get off, I had run for 25 minutes. My workouts are usually twice that long… at least! There were two ways I could choose to feel at that moment: disappointed that my workout was so short or proud that I was able to fit in a workout AT ALL on such a busy day! I chose the latter and felt really great about my day.
At this time of year, we see so much online about New Year’s Resolutions- how to make them, how to keep them, how to ensure we ‘succeed’. I personally find that making these resolutions once a year feels counter-intuitive and the risk of failure seems abnormally high to me. How on Earth can we know what life will hand us 3 months down the road? We can’t! So, rather than set myself up for potential failure (and tons of unnecessary disappointment), I have chosen a mantra that feels much more realistic to me!
“Something” is better than “Nothing”.
62% of Canadians make New Year’s Resolutions and the most common resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle.
I always want to be the healthiest version of myself, and I know I am not alone in this desire. We all want to have lots of energy, we all want luscious locks and strong nails, we all want a body that we generally feel great in. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming to think of where to even begin.
Half of Canadians find it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle yet 73% wish they were healthier.
This is how I started looking at it. You want to get back on track with your workouts? Going from no exercise to 3-5 days a week might feel like way too much of a shock to your body, not to mention to your schedule. But SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. Even if you start getting to your favourite yoga studio once a week, you have made a positive change to your health and wellness plan. I keep myself in check this way. Even if I drink 6 glasses of water one day, and fall short of the 8 I should be drinking, I still drank 6 glasses more than I probably would have. It’s something, and it’s better than nothing.
I have put together a list of ways that I find it easiest to stay on track with my health and wellness goals and maybe, if I am lucky, it will help make it all feel more manageable for YOU too! Over 1/3 of us Canadians are stumped when it comes to tackling their goals, so I’ll try and work through this with you!
Here are my goals and how I plan on reaching them:
Drink MORE water
Notice how I didn’t say “drink 8 glasses of water a day”? I’m giving myself a bit of a break. I’m allowing myself to feel great about simply drinking more water than I have been drinking. I might look back at the end of the day and be able to pat myself on the back because, WOW! I drank 4 glasses of water today and I sometimes don’t even make it through two! A great tip to help drink more water is to get a water bottle with a straw or add some muddled raspberries to the water. Make it more fun, however you so choose!
I have to admit that eating CONSISTENTLY is actually my biggest issue. Sometimes it will be 11am before I eat breakfast, and I’ll quite often forget to eat lunch. My poor blood sugar levels! I’m going to start keeping containers of washed and cut fruits/veggies in the fridge and a tub of hummus. If nothing else, I’m getting some good clean foods into my system and keeping my energy stores a little more regular! Chances are, I’ll fill up on all the ‘good stuff’ and not crave the baked goods at 3pm when I’ve already crashed and burned.
It can be so hard to get the right balance of nutrients and minerals and goodness into our bodies. As I mentioned above, I’m the mom that skips eating lunch and eats the discarded cheese and carrots from one of my daughter’s plates before running out the door. I know I’m not the only one 😉
Taking daily supplements is a way to make sure you are getting what your body needs in the times where you aren’t able to give your body what it needs. I’ve started taking Jamieson Essentials every morning with one of my big glasses of water. Check and check! Four quick swallows and I’ve started my day with the Jamieson Multivitamin, Omega-3, Probiotic and Vitamin D. A one-stop shop for all the vitamins and minerals I have felt I should be taking and wasn’t sure how to get. The Essentials have me covered!
We hear it ALL… the… TIME. Sleep is essential. Well, that’s because… it is! We all know that sleep deprivation is no joke. Lack of sleep can take a serious toll on our bodies and wreak absolute havoc on our lives. I am less patient, less focussed and less willing-to-do-much-of-anything when I am not getting proper sleeps at night. I plan on putting down my phone 30 minutes before bedtime (otherwise, I’ll for sure check the whole internet until 1am) and getting some reading in maybe even. What a novel notion!
Another catch phrase that we hear, almost ad nauseum. Me time. But do you notice how much more you love your partner after they send you for a massage and lunch with a friend after 100 straight days home with the kids? Do you feel how good that hot bath is at the end of a long day at work? Isn’t it amazing what a walk in the fresh air does for your soul? THAT! All those things. I am working on getting more of that into my year than I did last year.
Be good to yourselves, friends! Put good things into your bodies, take time to do what you love, and remember that something is better than nothing 😉
Disclosure: I have partnered with Jamieson and am sharing these healthy goals with you including their line of Essential vitamins and supplements. All opinions are my own.