I'm happy to report that 2018 is off to a great start! On January 1st, I made a big list of resolutions/goals for the upcoming year. I do this every year, but the difference is...I'm actually sticking to my my resolutions this year! I know what you're thinking- "Big deal, the month isn't even over yet" Ok, true ?, but my approach this year has me optimistic that I can stay motivated and reach my goals.
I read an article that said most people abandon their New Year's resolutions after a week, quite simply...because they aren't enjoyable. This year I stopped treating my resolutions like a tedious chore and started making them fun. Here are some of my health & wellness resolutions and how I incorporated them into my life in a fun way.
BBG (Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines)- After seeing countless before/after transformations on Kayla's Instagram I had to give BBG a try. I already work out , but honestly, I had a tendency to be lazy at the gym. I avoided doing exercises I thought were too hard (lunges, squats) and when it came to cardio I would zone out on the elliptical with a book. In short, I definitely wasn't pushing myself with my old routine. BBG has changed all of that! It. Is. Hard. Thankfully, it's also short (28 minutes) and you're constantly switching up exercises so it's never boring. Best of all, it's rewarding! At the end of the second week I noticed that the exercises were getting easier.
Running- I started going to short runs and I really enjoy it, especially when I get to run somewhere beautiful (like this nature preserve in the pictures). Running is such a great way to shake off stress and anxiety. I run first thing in the morning and it really sets a positive tone for the day.
Meditation- The wellness benefits of meditation can't be disputed, but it was always something I couldn't get into. I would sit in silence and my mind would start racing and I couldn't get it to stop. I figured I wasn't hardwired for mediation and I stop trying. After hearing about Headspace everywhere, I decided to give it a try. What I love about Headspace is that it's geared towards mediation newbies. Andy (the voice of Headspace) has the most relaxing voice ever and he guides you through each session. I do a 10 minute session every night before bed and it makes me feel amazing!
Daily 10 Things- I picked up this practice after reading a book by James Altucher. The idea is to write down 10 ideas every day. The ideas can be anything (business ideas, ideas to improve relationships, things you want to learn...anything!) It doesn't matter if some of your ideas are silly, or far-fetched, or just plain bad. The point is to strengthen your creative muscle. I write down 10 ideas every evening. It helps my focus my thoughts so I can organize my goals and find ways to achieve them. Plus, it's a great reference to have 1000's of your ideas handy!