In January I joined my favorite autoimmune warrior, Meg McGrane, in a quest to feel my best in 2014. I abandoned resolutions and wrote a list of un-resolutions – the things that make me feel my best in an effort to do more of what I already know works for me. It was liberating to release the pressure of traditional resolutions and I felt empowered to move forward. How’s it going?
I Feel Best When I:
- Drink a lot of water – Water has become my non-negotiable. It may seem so simple but drinking enough water has always been a struggle for me. Now I am sure to get all of my water in – no matter what. Sometimes I forget to drink during the day so I’ll be gulping water before bed. Yes, then I wake up in the middle of the night, but I know that if I skip water one day I can quickly slide back into not drinking any water.
- Have green smoothies for breakfast – This one is right up there with water. The only days I’ve missed my morning green smoothie have been travel days. One morning without my smoothie and it’s all that I can think about. It feels fabulous to flood my system with superfoods, greens, and nutrients first thing in the morning. And it makes me happy leaving a smoothie in the fridge for Andrew to grab on his way to work.
- Meditate each day – There is a lot of room for improvement here. I started out strong and was meditating at least once a day for several months. And then I missed one day which snowballed. Lately I’ve been turning to meditation to pull myself out of a stressful moment but it hasn’t been a daily practice. I know that daily meditation makes me calmer, happier, more energized, and a better version of myself. I am committing to a daily practice because it’s just as important as water in my life!
- Unplug and read…an actual book – I’ve read my weight in wellness and spirituality books this year. My focus for the rest of the year is to read more fiction.
- Practice radical self-forgiveness – Self-forgiveness is becoming easier and easier by the day. And it’s powerful. I can slowly feel my perfectionist shell breaking away. I no longer take myself out of the game for being “bad” and allow myself to spiral into the rabbit-hole of negative self-talk.
- Do yoga several times a week – Yoga and meditation go hand-in-hand for me. I started off strong and lately my mat has been collecting dust. I allowed myself to use life as an excuse for sitting on the couch instead of moving my body.
- Stop grains and ‘cheats’ (you know…”just one bite”…) – Okay, it’s time to get real. This item has been haunting me since I wrote it. This was my “resolution” item on the list. It was something that I know that I “should” do but that I really don’t want to do. I know that grains are not my friend. They make me feel bloated, heavy, itchy, and uncomfortable in my own body. I know that without grains I feel vibrant. I know this. And yet, with the exception of the Whole 30 I completed earlier this year, I’ve been all grains, all the time. Until I’m fully ready to commit to kicking the grains, it’s just not going to happen.
- Spend quality time with Andrew and Scout – This is a big one. Andrew and I have been so busy at work that it’s been a challenge to find quality time together that isn’t spent doing the daily activities of life. I am looking forward to a fun and light summer with Andrew – beach trips, lobsters, coconut ice cream, and a more relaxed pace.
- Take my supplements – Taking my supplements is finally just routine. I don’t have to think about it anymore. I eat, sleep, breathe, and take my supplements. Setting an alarm has been the key to success here. I recommend that you set an alarm for any new routine that you are trying to establish.
- Get more sleep – FINALLY! Sleep is everything. Even if I am doing everything else on this list, lack of sleep negates it all. I’ve used an alarm here too. I sent an alarm at night to signal that it’s time to wind down and get ready for bed. I’ve been getting 8 full hours of sleep on the nights when I don’t have to go into the office. This is a first for me. I’m still struggling on the nights before going into the office but fortunately, that is only three nights a week. I am going to keep plugging away until I’m sleeping the full night before going to work.
- Keep my home, car, and office free of clutter – Hmm. Not so much. I’ve been accumulating more and more clutter and it definitely makes me feel scattered. I’m moving offices next week and I am committing to keeping my new office clutter-free. And after this post hits your inbox I will be going upstairs to spend some QT cleaning up my closet and the piles of clean laundry I have stationed throughout the bedroom.
- Drink herbal tea – I’m 11 months off coffee!!! I absolutely love herbal teas. My favorite combination is dandelion (amazing for detoxing your liver) with mint and ginger. This is my go-to for aiding in digestion and detoxing my body.
- Spend time cooking healthy meals – I think I’ve cooked more meals in the past six months than the rest of my life combined. I have gained confidence in the kitchen and truly enjoy preparing healthy meals for me and Andrew.
- Limit my sugar intake (even the “good” stuff – raw honey, maple syrup, and bananas) – Sugar. It’s everywhere in everything. I am off refined sugar (amazing!) but still have raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, and bananas. And I feel good about that. I’ve gone without any sugar several times during cleanses and Whole 30s and don’t notice any negative side effects when I reintroduce it back. Bananas are my friend and they aren’t going anywhere.
For the rest of the year I plan to focus on:
- Meditate each day
- Do yoga several times a week
- Spend quality time with Andrew and Scout
- Measure my success by how much fun I’m having (I just added this to the list!)
Did you make resolutions or un-resolutions this year? How’s it going? What goals do you have for the rest of 2014?