My first “health” post. Because it mostly fits.
Like I said earlier, I am not a New Year’s resolution kind of girl. But I am making quite a few this year because the new year happens to end a period to travel and illness that derailed the healthy habits I had gotten into earlier this year. So, a few resolutions:
1. Start counting calories again.
Until I hit my goal weight at least. I was good about this for 2 months in the fall and then fell off the wagon. After losing about 10 pounds, I gained 2.5 back over the holidays. So here I go again. I found counting calories to be the key to finally shedding those extra pregnancy pounds. And it encouraged me to exercise because then I could eat more. If you’re on MyFitnessPal, you can find me as “themichelleerin.”
2. Drink more water.
I was really good about this for a long time. And lately I haven’t been. Which is probably contributing to my frequent colds and lethargy. So I am getting back on this horse, too. Tip: If you want to drink more water, get a good water bottle that you can carry around. It helps. (I happen to love the Lifefactory ones because they are glass so no leaching or metallic taste).
3. No more Diet Coke
This goes along with No. 2. Again, I was doing a pretty good job for awhile and then I started with the daily Diet Coke habit again. This stuff is not good for me and may even be really, really bad for me down the road. So I’m done (except for maybe an occasional one at Cleveland Street Cafe because their Diet Coke is extra delicious).
4. Run a 10k
I am probably going to have another baby in the semi-near future, so before I do that and get thrown off of my running plan for two years again, I want to run a 10k (6.2 miles). I’ve only ever run 5ks so this is a decent challenge. To start, I am signing up for the 8k (about 5 miles) at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. It is 8 weeks away so it is just enough time to train. Then hopefully I can run a 10k in April while the weather is still nice. I just need to figure out when I can squeeze in some running during the busy workweek.
5. Go to yoga weekly
I’ve not been very good about using our YMCA membership. I had a few minor injuries in 2013 (a month of rest for an unknown foot injury that never actually got better and 2 months of rest for a rotator cuff/clavicle injury that did actually get mostly better) so hopefully now that I am feeling at least 90% healthy, I can get back to yoga. I find yoga to be very challenging. I need to work on my upper body strength, my core, and my flexibility so yoga is a perfect balance to running for me. There are classes every single day at the Y so no excuses. I just have to go to one each week.
6. Get debt free
This isn’t health-related and I know we’re not supposed to talk about money, but it’s a goal Ben and I are really working hard on. By 2015, we want to be free of any debt that isn’t a student loan, a car payment, or a mortgage. We have a lot of travel this year, so it will be a challenge (plane tickets always seem to be the reason we start using credit cards again). At the same time, we are going to do the savings challenge where you save $1 the first week of the year, $2 the second week, etc. By the end of the year, if we both do it, not only should we be debt free, but we should have an extra savings cushion of $2,756.00. Then we can just hand it all over to that theoretical new baby I mentioned above.
7. Recommit to #fmsphotoaday
This is also not health related, but just like with everything else, I haven’t had the follow-through on posting a photo every day to the #fmsphotoaday challenge. I started this when E was born and stuck with it for some time. Now, I start a month strong and completely abandon it halfway through. I am going to try to do this every day this year. It helps me see the world a little differently when I’m looking for a specific shot all day. And it keeps my instagram feed from just being all Evan, all the time.
So a lot of these are cliche. But cliches exist for a reason. They are all good goals and I know that if I stick with them, I will be healthier and happier.
What are your resolutions?