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New Year’s Resolutions are great. However, we tend to make our lists grand and glorious. We imagine what our perfect day and life would look like, and list those items and changes as our resolutions. Unfortunately, mosy typically fall flat after a week or two of trying to attain these impossible goals. This year, instead of making the “ideal” list, how about making a list of attainable goals towards wellness that you can actually implement in your life?
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I came up with a list of Ways to Wellness. These are somewhat simple tasks and habits that should already be a part of my life. Yet, sometimes the simple can be the most difficult to attain. These are habits that we all know we should include, yet they elude us, year after year.
Here are my 10 Ways to Wellness:
1. Get enough sleep! This one should be elementary! Just as we ensure our children get to bed on time so that they can get enough quality sleep, we need to do the same. We can clearly see when our children are lacking in sleep, and should be able to see the same in ourselves. For me, I need about 8 hours of sleep to feel fully rested. That means that I have to shut the computer off, and go to bed on time. Simple, yet such a struggle for so long!
2. Use a planner to plan out your days. Dave Ramsey advises folks on how to tell their money where to go or they will wonder where it went. The same can be applied to your time. There are only so many hours in the day. Plan those hours out, always allowing for spontaneity, and you’ll find that you actually accomplish more in the same 24 hours! My favorite planner is from iBloom, but choose your own and USE it.
3. Meal plan to avoid last minute supper rushes. One of the busiest times of day is supper time. That’s when children’s activities begin, work days are ending, and tummies are growling. Supper time comes every day. Take an hour once a month (or once a week if you’re new to meal planning) to figure out what you’re cooking each night. Many meals can be started in the morning, making supper time a breeze. You’ll save not only money, but time by meal planning.
4. Read 15 minutes per day. The average person reads 6 books per year. That’s only half a book per month. Reading is relaxing, entertaining, and imparts knowledge. I tend to read books more for information than for entertainment. I have vowed to read 15 minutes each evening, from a real book. No screens. While I love the convenience of a Kindle and my iPhone, there’s something soothing about picking up an actual book. For me, by reading before bed, my brain is more ready to shut down and sleep than if I had been reading from a screen.
5. Exercise regularly. You choose that regularity. Is it 3 times per week? Is it 2? Make it feasible with your schedule. You may find that you crave more exercise once you add it into your day. For me, my plan is 2 gym workouts and 2 at-home cardio workouts per week. These workouts take about an hour each. The difference that it makes in my outlook and fitness is well worth the time investment.
6. Include good snack choices. Along with meal planning, plan for snack time. Especially when I go to the gym, I want to ensure that I have a quality, high protein shake to take along. My favorite choice is my Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, recipe below. I mix this one up and put it into a blender bottle for my gym time. It’s also a great one for a dessert in the evening. I made this smoothie up after finding Jif Peanut Powder at WalMart not long ago. I love that it is made from just one ingredient – fresh roasted peanuts – and has no added sugar or salt like competitors! You get the taste and protein of peanut butter, with 85% less fat. There’s also a chocolate version, which would make this smoothie a Four Chocolate Smoothie. Who doesn’t love MORE chocolate?!
7. Take time to relax. I find myself trying to cram as much as I can into each day. While that may help me “get things done,” it also means I’m missing out on just enjoying life. Maybe it’s watching a movie with my children. Or a date with my husband. Or coffee with a friend. Or just sitting on the front porch, rocking away, watching the cows play in the front pasture. Relax. Take a breather. It’s good for you!
8. Buy quality shoes. This goes for more than just gym workouts. Wear quality shoes. I have not always followed this advice and have the aching feet to show for it. Shoes are foundational to good posture. Invest in yourself. Quality shoes don’t have to be super expensive, yet pay off in less foot pain.
9. Challenge yourself. Find something new and challenge yourself to do it. Last year, for me, it was to make gym workouts a regular routine. I haven’t decided what this year’s challenge will be. It needs to be something outside of my comfort zone. It will make you grow, and give you confidence. Talk with your husband and ask his opinion of where he thinks you may want to challenge yourself.
10. Spend quality time with friends and family. Life moves at an incredibly fast pace. I can’t believe sometimes that my youngest is a week away from turning 13! Next year, she’ll be in high school as a freshman and her next sister up will be a senior! It seems only yesterday that they were both learning to read. Slow down and make sure you are not just rushing through your days, but are truly spending quality time with those you love.
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Want more inspiration for tasty snacks? Here are many to choose from! Personally, the next one I’m trying is the Peanut Butter Cheesecake Smoothie! You can also bake with Jif Peanut Power! I use it to make my Low Carb High Protein Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- 1 cup Silk Almond Milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, your choice
- 1 scoop chocolate casein protein powder, your choice
- 2 TB Jif Peanut Powder
- 1 TB dark chocolate cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Mix to combine.
- Drink now, or place into a blender bottle to enjoy during your workout.
What are your ways to wellness? What will you be focusing on this year? What will you make with Jif Peanut Powder? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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