Can you believe it’s almost the end of January?!
A week from today is the last day of this month, and if you’re anything like me, it has flown by. I think part of the reason it has gone by in a flash for me, is that I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy over the last 3 1/2 weeks. Between cooking, the gym, Junior League, wrestling matches, work, and all of the day to day things that still need done around the house – it has felt like I’ve barely even had time to sit down.
One thing I will say though, I have felt so exhilarated this month. Do you ever get that feeling? Like, you’re so exhausted and drained at the end of hte day that you (sometimes literally) just fall into bed… but in the very best way? Every single muscle is sore, but there’s still a smile on your face?
For your sake, I really hope so. Because that’s how I’ve been feeling, and it is awesome.
My biggest intention heading into 2018 was for a year of growth. It has been a whirlwind to see that intention manifesting itself and coming to life in so many different shapes and forms already this year. One of the biggest areas of my life that I’ve seen a huge (and almost immediate) change in is my wellness.
I’ve made some little changes to my routine, and it’s incredible what a major difference even little tweaks can make for your overall well-being. And I say overall because it hasn’t been just physical for me, this month has been a mental, emotional, and spiritual as well. In any case, I wanted to share some of the changes I’ve made this month with y’all, and a little bit about how they’ve affected my day-to-day!
1. I took charge, and stopped letting food boss me around
If you follow me on social media (literally any of them, but especially twitter) you know that I’m currently on Day 23 of Whole30. You’re also probably sick of me talking about it – but don’t worry, I’m almost finished! I’ve also had a ton of people asking me about the why/how/what that goes along with it – keep your eye out in about a week, I’ll be sharing the answers to all of those FAQs!
In the meantime, a TLDR version: Whole30 is a monthlong clean-eating program aims to reset your metabolism and reshape your relationship with food. Easy enough, right? Wrong. It’s been so f@!%cking hard, but I’m amazed at the results I’ve seen. Sure, I’ve lost almost a full pant-size (I don’t have numbers for exact results yet) but more than that, I really have seen a change in my relationship with food. You don’t realize how much control food has over you (or how much sugar is in EVERYTHING we eat!!!) until you start paying attention and fighting your brain. I’m looking forward to eating cheese and grains again, but I have a whole new outlook on food, cooking, and the power of the kitchen in how you feel!
2. I channeled my inner-Fergie, and I’m working on my fitness
Waking up at 5:30am isn’t fun, and I’m not going to pretend like it is. Getting an hour workout in, making it home to shower/cook breakfast/make the bed/be out the door in time for work isn’t easy, and I’m not going to pretend like it is either. Making fitness a priority isn’t glamorous, or everyone would be doing it.
Making fitness a priority is a commitment, one that we have to wake up and make every single day. It’s tough, but it’s worth it. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working out 5 days/week, taking those 2 days off to rest because that’s what my body needs. I’ve made huge strides in my stamina and strength in just a few weeks (which makes me so excited to see what a couple of months can do) and I’ve really become in tune to what my body needs – whether that be in the form of stretching, foods, exercises, etc. Plus, getting more active has helped ease my mind and sleep better. Who would’ve guessed?
3. Pour me another one (make it non-alcoholic and non-sweetened, please)
This one hasn’t been turning down bacon cheese fries and waking up at 5:30a challenging for me – but it’s definitely been tough in its own way. One of ways that sugar sneaks up on us is in what we’re drinking. Do you use creamer in your coffee? What about a soda a day? Go look at the nutrition label and see how much sugar is in it. (I can hear the collective gasp from here.) Yeah, it’s pretty bad, huh?
So, to combat that, this month I’ve been really focusing on what I’m putting into my body. Whole30 has helped a lot with that, as it restricts what you can have, but it’s been a lot of black coffee, La Croix, kombucha, and plain old iced water. I will say, it has helped me focus more intently on really meeting the suggested amount of water consumption per day (between 1/2-1 oz per lb you weigh, depending on your activity level) and my muscles have been recovering more quickly, my skin is glowing, and overall I just feel… better. A little spring in my step, if you will. (brb, off to fill my water bottle up.)
4. I’ve been back on my vitaminavegamin grind
Okay, so I haven’t actually been taking vitaminavegamin, but I have been making a conscious effort to take my vitamins daily again. This can be extremely beneficial to our health, as well as combat certain symptoms, but really varies person to person on what you need. I know many people have warned me about not needing anything outside of a multi-vitamin – but have no fear! The vitamins I take have been discussed with (and approved by) my doctor, and she has bloodwork done periodically to check in.
Personally, my vitamin cocktail looks a little bit like: vitamins C and D, calcium, fish oil, folic acid, and magnesium. I have a significant vitamin D deficiency, and calcium actually helps your body absorb it more efficiently! My family has a history of heart problems (on both sides), so my doctor and I decided a fish oil supplement would be beneficial. I take folic acid to help stimulate hair/nail growth – I know many people love biotin, but it made me breakout… yuck. As for magnesium, that is the only thing I take in the evening and I take it as a natural sleep aid about an hour before bed. Again, many people have great luck with melatonin, but it made me sleep walk and gave me night terrors so it’s a hard pass from me.
5. I made the conscious decision to slow down and smell the roses
We live in a fast paced world, and liked i mentioned before, this month has been a major whirlwind. So, in addition to my physical well-being, I’ve been focusing on taking charge of my emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being as well. Physical activity has helped curb my anxiety, but making a focused effort to slow down and reflect has made a really big difference for me too.
I take a few moments in the morning to meditate, nothing crazy, maybe 2-3 minutes. But that time allows me to set my intentions for the day, and really get off on the right foot. I also love to read through my emails while I eat breakfast, particularly The Skimm, to catch up on current events. Then, in the evenings, I take 10-15 minutes to read my daily selection from my One Year Bible. Then at bedtime, something I’ve been doing the last few days, is to put my phone down before I get into bed. I set a sleep timer on my favorite “white noise” spotify playlists, and disconnect before I head off to dreamland.
As you can tell, these have been small, subtle changes in my routine for the most part. But WOW have they made a big difference! Sure, I’ve lost some weight, but I’m feeling better in all aspects of my life – and that’s just as important. If I feel this good in 3 weeks, I can’t wait to see how I feel in 3 months!