back to basics | blogmas day 8

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I am so ready to get back on track this week. I know you’re all probably so tired of hearing me talk about being sick, but for the last month ( no joke ) I’ve been sick more than I’ve been healthy. I would just start feeling better and something else would happen.

Right now, I feel healthy again. I am not exhausted, mentally or physically. I am not filled up or achy. I am waking up each day feeling rested and ready for the day, and not like I want to spend the day in bed doing absolutely nothing.

Sunday night, I actually went to bed so excited to wake up the next day, bright and early to work out. <<<<< and I was successful in doing this.

Is it weird that I am actually kind of thankful for getting the 24-hour stomach flu because it pushed me in the right direction, the direction to start being healthy again EVERY day, and do things to help build up my immune system again? Not only did I lose a quick 7 pounds ( stomach flu is good for something right ) but it really has pushed me to be healthier. I let myself slip near the end of the summer and through the fall it got even worse…

I’m currently focusing on making conscious decisions each and every day to help my health, immune system and happiness stay at the levels they’re at now, through the upcoming months.

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There are a ton of things that I am choosing to do currently, that will turn in to healthy, positive habits soon, things that I just do every day without thinking about. There quite basic things that I should have been doing all along, but I got lazy, I got “busy”, I got out of my routine and I don’t do well when I’m out of my routine and then I paid for those bad decisions.

Drink more water: this is the first and most important thing that I am really making a conscious decision to do more of. In the summer, I was going through like 3-4 huge bottles of water a day at work, plus more before and after work. Before summer, I was in school and drinking water constantly… and then I just kind of stopped. In the fall, it’s cooler and I’m not as thirsty but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to hydrate your body. I am back to drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and if I think of it, another time during the day. I’m bringing water bottles with me wherever I go ( except today I forgot, but got a cup of water from Starbucks along with my peppermint latte! ) and I have water by my bed.

Exercise at least 30 minutes: I’m one who goes through phases of working out. I’ll do it every day for a few months straight and then I’ll get busy, get bored, get lazy, get tired of driving to the gym, have better things to do, whatever, and I’ll stop. But with the internet and free workouts EVERYWHERE, there’s really no excuse to not participate in some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day or every couple days. I don’t want to be in a bikini competition or be able to bench press ( is that right? ) like 200 pounds, I just want to feel healthy and fit, so going to the gym for 2 hours a day is not what I need to do anyway. On the days that I don’t feel like doing an actual workout, I can at least stretch, go for a walk, do a quick run on the treadmill or do some yoga! It’s all about finding time and staying motivated.

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Taking care of my skin: from being sick and it being cold outside, my skin has taking a beating. It’s dry, it’s red and it’s itchy. I have super sensitive skin anyway, but the cold and sicknesses doesn’t make it any better. I’m making a point to do my skincare routine, in full, every day, and not slack on it. I have to make time to do face masks because I know my skin loves them and I love how my skin looks when I use them regularly.

Sleeping regularly: I’m one who loves sleep. I can’t function if I’ve only had like 5-6 hours of sleep. I need a solid 8 to be able to even think about being productive the next day. Sleep is something that I know my body needs, so this is something that I need to do. I am making it a point to be in bed by 10:30 every night and relaxing, and then putting away all electronics, phone included, by 11:30 and sleeping soon after. I am setting an alarm everyday gradually earlier as I get more used to waking up early and this is working for me so far! I started with 9:00 on Monday, but was up before my alarm ( at 7:45 ) so I set my alarm for 8:00 today and was awake before it again! I’m going to continue to do this because I would rather get up early and get shit done, rather than stay up late and do it while I’m tired.

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Eating healthy food: clearly this is a given. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies, sticking with my gluten free diet ( but also treating myself to holiday cookies and treats because DUH ) and eating 3 meals a day, plus healthy snacks. This works for me and this is how I know to create a healthy balance for myself.

Drinking tea: choosing tea over sugary drinks every day is what I am aiming to do. I’m trying to limit my holiday drink intake because OMG lately, I’ve been drinking waaayyy too many. Chocolate isn’t good for my face ( uggh pimples ) and I love tea, so I might as well drink it! I also love tea before bed so while I have on my face mask, I’ve been drinking some chamomile tea, obsessively on Tumblr and loving every minute of it!

Appreciating the little things/doing nothing: sometimes I overwhelm myself by trying to do all kinds of activities and go to lots of places and just constantly be busy by doing “big things” that I overlook the simple happinesses that occur every day. I’ve been doing more little things lately, and allowing myself to just be, and I’ve been so much more appreciative of things that happen in my life. A simple text message to my mom to tell her to have a good day, means just as much as getting dressed, spending money on a Starbucks coffee and going to her work to drop it off. She actually cried the other day when I sent her a little “pep talk” and all I did was lay in bed and text her because I knew she was having a shitty day. I’ve been sitting in my living room with candles burning and the Christmas lights on and just being and it’s been great. I don’t need to go out to the mall to be happy. I don’t need to spend money and buy happiness. I don’t need to always be doing SOMETHING. I need to appreciate the little things and help others to appreciate the little things and we’ll all be much happier. By appreciating the little things and not constantly trying to fill my days with an obnoxious amount of things to do, my head is less stressed and it allows me to be healthier.

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What habits are you trying to break? I feel like I’m making New Year’s Resolutions prematurely, but this way, I’ll be more likely to stick to them right? Because I’ve become used to them and in a routine, even before January 1st comes?! How do you stay healthy and happy?

I feel like I talk about health, happiness and positivity a lot lately, but I’m just trying to figure it all out myself…

XO julieann

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