Spring is but two days away and I want to discuss with you implementing healthy lifestyles now that the new season is upon us.
Though it may still be cold here in New England, I’m more than sure that we can find some ways to warm up and rev our engines up for making new lifestyle changes and goals.
I’ll keep this post short and sweet but want to touch on a few changes that I plan on implementing that will make for a smooth and soulful transition into the new season.
#1 Waking up Early
The sun will rise a little earlier and so therefore I will be on the receiving end of lots of sunshine in my bedroom. Rather than staying in bed and dragging myself out of bed to rush, I will be setting my alarm with ample time to get myself and my family ready and have time to pray, catch some quick morning news and grab a nutritious breakfast.
I won’t lie, I’m one to drag myself out of bed and then rush, rush, rush, as I believe are so many of you but this is a HORRIBLE way to set the tone for the day. The saying “The early bird gets the worm” has its worth. Seize the day and wake up early.
#2 Eating Health(IER)
I’m not a fanatic of eating only salads and lean meats. I admit I enjoy my occasional cheeseburger and fries with a coke, but what I have noticed over the course of the past few months is that when I eat well I do in fact feel well. I have a happier outlook, I feel more energetic, and I take pride in the food I eat. When I eat poorly I don’t feel well, I feel drabby and guilty for eating junk food and don’t perform at an optimal level. Implementing fish and veggies and fruits and lean protein in my daily menu helps keep performing at a higher level than not. Try it for just two weeks and jot down your observations. I guarantee you will feel better!
#3 Implementing Physical Activity
I am not an athletic girl, never have been, never will be. You won’t find me at the gym working out everyday but I’m all about implementing physical activity that makes you feel good; a quick brisk walk, dancing in the living room and yes the occasional workout circuit. I don’t have the time for an hour everyday but nor do I have excuses for not putting in a half hour a day. I’m Latina, I’m a female, I’m a mom and I’m genetically prone to diabetes and health problems… physical activity is a must.
#4 Talking and Thinking BIG
Let’s talk about this one. Talking and thinking and writing your goals and dreams down is the key to fundamental change and going in the direction of your dreams. Talking about your plans and thinking and writing about them will help keep you focused. By opening yourself up and thinking BIG and talking BIG you will subconsciously open yourself up to the blessings that God has prepared for you. You just need to believe it before it comes to pass.
#5 Getting plenty of rest
Want to be functional, energetic and high performing? Sleep is the key. As most studies show getting 7-9 hours of sleep is vital for the well being of any individual. Granted, some people don’t need as much. I am one that needs 8 hours every night. Having a baby made no exception to the rule I would simply put myself to bed earlier to be sure that I was getting adequate sleep, even if this meant crawling into my bed at 7:30pm.
I remember talking to an individual years ago that told me that he could not sleep before midnight because he felt he was missing out on something if he had. Truth be told you are not going to miss out on anything. The world can go about its business without needing you to be awake just because.
If you want to have a productive day ahead of you and be up early and be healthy then getting plenty of sleep is vital, and if your life is just too hectic then maybe you need to schedule in your sleep time or cut back on some of commitments.
Remember you are of no good service to others if you are not of good service to yourself!
These are the changes that I will be continuing/ implementing. I hope this has been some food for thought for your seasonal changes!