This past year was not the best year for my physical and mental health. I think the fact that I stayed home the majority of the time was a big factor, but I have also had some recent health issues and found out that there are some lifestyle changes that I need to make. With all of that in mind, I decided to set some goals for myself. Here are some of the changes that I want to try and make part of my daily routine.
1.) Drink one gallon of water daily, which equals four water bottles.
I have always had a problem staying hydrated, and recently my blood pressure has been really high. So I did some research and found out that drinking more water can help lower blood pressure. The reason water helps is because when your body becomes depleted of water, it tries to secure more water by retaining sodium, which can then cause high blood pressure. Of course, I also learned that drinking too much water can cause high blood pressure and other health issues, so I plan to stick with the daily recommended amount, which is one gallon of water per day.
2.) Lose 5 lbs. a month until I’m at my goal weight, which is 125 lbs.
I’ve noticed my weight slowly increasing over the past year. I went from 127 lbs. to 140 lbs. I think a lot of this is because I’ve been less active, but I’ve also been eating larger portions of food and eating when other family members are eating instead of when I’m actually hungry. So I think by adjusting when I eat and measuring out my food, I’ll likely do better.
3.) Eat oatmeal every day to help lower my cholesterol and eat Cheerios as my snack, which is healthier than chips.
Oatmeal is supposed to be a good way to lower cholesterol, and I recently had two different doctors inform me that I need to get my cholesterol under control. I really don’t want to go on medication, and I’ve been told I’m too young to be having this issue at my age, so I know I need to make some drastic changes to my diet. I’m planning to watch my intake of greasy foods and eat more whole foods. I also love eating chips, and dill pickle chips are my favorite. So I’ve decided to switch to Cheerios, which I also enjoy.
4.) Finish reading one book every month.
I find myself starting a lot of books but not always finishing them, and I really do love books. I also find reading to have a very calming effect on me, and since I’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety lately, I thought putting reading on my goal list would help provide me with a reprieve from the daily stresses.
5.) Walk at least 10,000 steps every day.
For the majority of 2020, I walked 10,000 steps a day. Last month though, I had some knee issues, and I completely stopped walking. Over the past few weeks, since my knee is better, I’ve gotten my regular walking routine back, and I’m starting to feel so much better because of it. So I just want to continue doing this, and it’s probably a goal I will try to continue for the rest of my life.
6.) Do a seven-minute workout every day.
I recently found this app called “7,” which is a free daily workout app. (It’s the blue one in case any of you decide to look for it in the app store.) I love the app already because you just hit the go button, and it gives you a different seven minute timed workout for each day of the week. I ended up doing the workout with my family today, and it really kicked my butt. Lol… It just shows me how out of shape I really am.
7.) Journal at the end of each day and keep a daily planner.
Keeping a journal is something I’ve done off and on for years, but I want to start sticking with it more often, even if I don’t write a lot. Plus, with the new school semester starting soon, I need to have a daily planner to keep track of my studies and daily goals.
8.) Control portion sizes of food.
As I already mentioned, I need to be better about this, and I think measuring out my food will help.
9.) Avoid adding butter, salt, and creamer to foods.
I always lose weight when I eliminate butter and creamer, and I figure cutting out sodium can’t hurt either.
10.) Avoid soda and alcohol.
I always feel so sluggish when I give into my cravings for soda, and I don’t typically drink a lot of alcohol. Still, in recent months I started drinking more wine than I usually do. So with all the medical issues I’ve been having, I’ve just decided to eliminate alcohol to see if it helps me feel better. I figure it can’t hurt, and it’s something I can certainly live without.
Anyway, these are just some of the changes that I’ve decided to make. I think all of these goals have the potential to become permanent changes in my life. I hope everyone can do better in this new year. We just have to keep on trying.
Happy New Year, everyone! ~M xo