In December, I started to feel incredibly yukky. Just tired, lazy, desiring to sleep the day away as soon as I got up. Well, I decided that just wouldn’t do. So I established some goals, then got to work.
I quickly realized, it only took 6 ridiculously easy and even FREE habits that dramatically changed my days in a short 2 weeks time.
The day I stuck one foot out the door, I thought I was gonna die. Literally. I was in pain and out of shape from too much blogging sitting indoors.
Every step hurt. Just a walk to the mailbox felt like a row of steep stairs. I detested every second of it, not to mention it was bitterly cold out. But I knew if I overcame the dread and felt the good, I would benefit. I’ve been there before and I wanted it back.
What ultimately got me outside was bringing my camera. But I knew I couldn’t do that forever, otherwise I wouldn’t get into shape. So I bit the bullet and kept at it. And each time I forced myself outside, it got easier.
Today? My son and I are power walking together after school and I even (gasp) started adding a teeny weeny bit of jogging in the mix. Guys, I don’t jog so this is HUGE. I’m happier, have more energy, and just everything in life seems more vibrant! All because of something as simple as walking.
My home always smelled like the luscious brew of coffee. I could drink the stuff all day long, forgetting to drink anything else. But I just started to feel really tired despite the overload in caffeine, and felt it was maybe because I wasn’t active enough. Well, I went to the doctor and she said to up my water. NOW. Yuk. WATER? Boring!
I listened anyway. My method was setting out 8 glasses on the counter and as I drank a glass, I’d put one away. The clutter was a reminder to get it over with so I could have a clean counter again. The first day 3 made me gag. But I kept at it.
Today? I’m easily downing a safe 6 and proceeding towards 8. I have a very no nonsense approach and just DOWN the thing already. Why delay the pain? Honestly, my thirst has actually increased so it’s become much easier and my need for coffee severely diminished. (but will remain… I can’t ditch every vice!)Know what? I actually feel different! Brighter. Or something. Strange stomach aches are gone. Water! Who knew.
3. TIME YOURSELF
Here’s my usual kinda day. I get up, make coffee, and go online. Then I ‘wakeup’ and realize I’m in some lah lah land I built around myself because next up, I’m late for work, or missing some appointment. When online, I simply fall deeper and deeper into the zone. You know how everything interlinks. Truly, I was needing a better game plan.
Two words: KITCHEN TIMER. That’s it. And it works.
4. EAT FRESH
Those cookies and chocolates over Christmas were amazing, were they not? Well, I’m generally a pretty clean eater so once I had my fill of the bad stuff, I was more than ready to resort back to eating fresh again.
But I did change one thing that made it easier. I traded the ice burg lettuce for spring mix instead. Oh my.
My fav salad these days: spring mix prebagged, cucumber, tomato, thickly grated carrot, a few sliced up grapes or strawberries, drizzled with LiteHouse toasted sesame ginger dressing. Oh my gosh. You’ll forget it’s just SALAD. (throw grilled chicken on top if you have it on hand)
And today? It’s hard to put this into words but I just feel… clean. Better. Lighter? No more strange stomach twists and all that. Just good. It feels good to eat good!
5. WORK OFF A LIST
This blends in with #3. I tend to go online and get caught up in whatever I’m doing. While I may get lots done in one area, I get nothing done in another. I never seemed to have enough family time, never had the right groceries in the house for a nice meal, the place was always a mess, blah blah etc etc.
The fix? A hand written list is ALL it took. Paper and a pen.
You can get a fancy planner if you wish, or even use something online. I attempted both but they didn’t work for me. I just started with some goals and built a list on materials you probably already have sitting around. I’ll show you what worked for me soon!
6. Decent bedtime
I blame being a night owl on my mom. She was one too. You’d hear her tinker around in the kitchen long after we turned out our own bedroom lights. Even in her later years, she’d load the dishwasher or watch TV. She just kinda forgot to go to bed. And I’m exactly the same way.
Well, I started going to work the next day feeling like a zombie. I remember that last day really well. I was so groggy I felt like I had the flu. Good grief. I scolded myself to smarten up! So I did.
I admit I haven’t fully mastered this one yet, but I’m getting better. And it’s indeed making a difference. You may see me a little less online but I’m no good with no sleep, so it is what it is. We all need enough of it.
I’m sure there are many other areas that can help enhance your own life, but by far, these 6 easy fixes were life changing. All it took was realizing that feeling like crap was no way to live, and desiring to doing something about it.
I challenge you… name 6 things that would change things up for you.
Care to share? Gonna try them?