The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Designer Whey.
I guess this will count as my list of goals for 2014. It is a smidge different because I’ll actually give myself a game plan on how to achieve the goals, rather than dreaming for something and being surprised that it didn’t come true. You have to work on a dream to make it reality.
Make my words count for something. I am amazing at making plans and having them organized and ready to go. Then a short amount of time passes and I stop with my plans. It’s not that aren’t as important as they were before in any way, I just have issues with follow-through. I am horrible at finishing things, and typically they are the kinds of things that will better my life somehow. When I give up on things I am taking great possibilities away from myself, especially with my health.
How am I going to make this happen? I am going to make myself follow-through on things. I need to make appointments with myself to get these things done, naturally I’ll use my beloved Erin Condren Life Planner.
Get my diet under control. I have the best of intentions when I am meal planning and when I am at the grocery store. I buy everything I need and make my healthy meals and then the snacking begins. It is typically late night snacking, which quickly turns into binge-eating. I need to make 2014 the year I get control of my urges to binge eat.
How am I going to make this happen? I am going to make sure I am getting a higher amount of protein. Over the summer I followed a high protein diet and that is when I lost some good weight and saw some nice muscle definition come through. I have used Designer Whey in the past and I really did love it, so much that I have been buying it for myself quite frequently. I use their protein bars as snacks between meals because they seem like such a great treat, all covered in chocolate! For either my afternoon snack or as a post-workout protein surge I have their protein powder. I love the chocolate flavor and the white chocolate. When I am at my desk I like to drink some of my protein via protein 2go. They are flavored packets (Crystal Light-style) that get mixed into water. They come in three flavors, my favorite being the mixed berry. Yes, this post is sponsored but the truth of the matter is that I use these items weekly in my house. The protein bars, protein powder and the protein 2go are all available at my local grocery stores and at the Vitamin Shoppe. They are easily accessible to me and that is what makes them great to have around.
Find my happiness. Mental health is extremely important to healthy living. I really can’t tell you the last time that I was truly happy, that I woke up each day and was content with everything (or mostly everything) in my life. Part of this is my own doing and part of this is being depressed. I have trouble getting over the bad things in life, I tend to hold onto them and let them define who I am and how I feel about myself. I have horrible self-esteem and thing very poorly about myself. I can’t take compliments and will usually argue with the person giving it and give them reasons why I don’t deserve the compliment. I always put myself last, and sometimes I take myself out of the equation entirely. I am still trying to figure out how my brain works on my mood-stabilizing medicine. Bipolar has taught me a lot about myself and my actions.
How am I going to make this happen? This is the hard part about finding happiness. Sometimes happiness just happens, it isn’t found. But, I do think it involves doing more of the things that I love; writing, running, reading, movies, friends. I don’t put myself first in a lot of situations, but I need to start to do so.
Stop skipping exercise. I am awesome at letting myself quit things (see above about the follow-through). Not only do I quit projects, healthy eating, cleaning…but I also quit exercise from time to time. I let myself take weeks and weeks off at a time without a second thought. My brain tells me I need to exercise but my body says that the couch misses me.
How am I going to make this happen? Again, I refer to my planner. I have my mileage written down each week in the planner, I look at it and think ‘huh, I should have ran 3 miles yesterday.’ Then I change the channel on the tv. This kind of thing won’t cut it. I need to make exercise a priority for my overall health, this is part of putting me first. Actually using my daily planner is key to keeping myself on track.
Allow myself to stumble. I hate people seeing my flaws. I hate people thinking I’m not a good person. I hate not being the best me I can be. But I am going to try to be proud of who I am, even with my flaws. Ugh, this will be an ongoing process and it will be SO good for my mental health.
What kind of healthy living goals do you have in mind for 2014? They can be physical, mental or emotional as they are all tied into your health.