How do you feel? Overall? Day after day?
Disgusted with yourself?
Yeah…I know the feeling, as do many, MANY other people! You are not alone and I hope you really let that sink in to you right now! If you’re feeling alone in this issue, you know, lack of motivation, not meeting your goals (maybe you set too high of goals for yourself? I literally don’t even want to talk about that because I KNOW I set WAYYY too high of goals for myself OFTEN! Do you relate?), what you see as ‘failing’ every day, etc…trust me, you are NOT.
Honey, give yourself the grace and love to get out of the current lifestyle that you are living if you don’t love it. If you hate how you feel about yourself, CHANGE it. If you hate the way you view life, CHANGE it! If you hate the direction your life is going, CHANGE it. You have every right to do that.
And do you know what else?
You’re worth it!
Maybe you feel like people expect so much out of you, that you can’t change the way you are living. You can’t slow down. You can’t make the changes that you want to, because you feel stuck where you are. Well, I don’t believe that’s true.
I do 100% know that it is freaking hard to change all of those things. I know, from personal experience. I have been using the bullet journal to help me track some healthier lifestyle choices, keeping them as simply and small as I can so that I can ultimately make some huge changes in the way I see life, view MY life, and live it! Trust me, it is literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have failed day after day after day (which maybe my definition of ‘failure’ is wrong…and I’m thinking it is…). But I haven’t given up yet because I keep trying the next day. What are some important, yet small healthy habits that you can start to work on TODAY? Here are some of the things I have tried…I will write a blog post later on how I track these things and all of that in a cute, organized way (and with the hope of giving myself grace when I don’t meet my goals, instead of judgement and the feeling of failure, and celebrate when I do reach my goals or at least do well in reaching towards them). But for now, here are some of the areas in my life that I decided to try to make healthier choices:
- Waking up at an appropriate time.
- Whatever this means for you. And it may change, season to season. You can either write out that time each month (if it changes, or whatever), or you can write ‘appropriate time’ which, for me is what I have done. I don’t really think it’s quite specific enough, however, so maybe when I go back to school I will try to nail that time down a little better.
- THINK: What is the appropriate time for YOU, personally, to wake up each morning? Do you have a job? When do you have to leave for work in the morning, if that is the case? What about school, when it’s time for school? What are your goals for the morning? Do the healthier choices that you’ve committed to in the morning include breakfast, coffee, special quiet time with jesus, prayer, yoga, short workout session, etc…? What works best for YOU? What makes YOU feel alive, focused, at peace, healthy and happy? Don’t allow others to make this choice for you (unless you have major responsibilities, in which case you will need to work around that schedule a bit).
- I am absolutely terrible at drinking enough water. This runs in my family. But this is one of my goals because, obviously I know I’m terrible at it, and because I have heard drinking a lot of water does many wonderful and healthy things to your body!
- THINK: How much do I drink now? DON’T start off with an impossible goal to start with, or you will find that you won’t drink any at all because you know you’re not going to reach your goal, so why try? Why not start with one more glass than usual? Find ways that help you, personally, WANT to drink more water! I love cute mugs, cups, etc. and I believe those things actually help me drink more water. If it is the same for you, invest in an adorable cup and try to keep it with you throughout the day, if you can! If you workout, that also encourages me to drink more water. Both of these things are healthy, and that way you can drink more water as well! Try to keep that cup or water bottle with you so you are drinking all that your body needs! Also, I just started this (and I’m still terrible at it…), but I also think it also helps if you have a cute way to track the water that you are drinking and that shows you what you have left to do to reach your goal for the day! I will post that in my bullet journal post(s) because that’s where it’s at 🙂 It’s the best!
- Okay, I am also horrible at this (this post isn’t saying many good things about me, is it…lol). I have really been meaning to get into yoga, especially during the summer since I have more time to learn it…I just really have to focus on trying to learn one pose at a time!
- THINK: How does this benefit me? What are my motivations behind wanting to start yoga? Is this really for me? Now, or should I wait until I am more committed to this? Where does this fit into my routine? Is it a thing to energize me right when I get out of bed in the morning…or should I use it to destress and relax me right before getting into bed at night? Either way, I think it’s a great, healthy habit that I still want to get into but haven’t really yet. How does this look like practically for ME? I also set monthly goals for myself in the different areas in my life (personal, career/school, fitness, spiritual, etc.), and one of my goals for this month was to look up 3 yoga poses and learn how to do them properly. Unfortunately I have not met those goals this month, but that doesn’t mean that was a bad idea. I think that’s a good way to start! But think about your life and think about what will work best for you. 🙂
- Cardio/strength training
- This is a HUGE goal that I have set for myself this year. Since last Christmas, I have been thinking that I want to go to Thailand next Christmas because that is where my boyfriend lives, and for so many other reasons. I used that as my ULTIMATE goal in getting fit. So, from there, I broke down what it looked like practically each day. I set goals for myself and got in a routine last semester for working out. This summer (well, this month so far), it has been a little more spotty than it should have been…but as every new season begins, you have to find new routines, right? I was comfortable in the routine I had with working out last semester, but now I need a new one for this month, and next month it’s going to look a little different still. And July I won’t be here. And then I have one more semester at school where I will need to find yet ANOTHER routine for working out! But these are all GOOD things!
- THINK: What works in my life AT THIS MOMENT? What do I enjoy, that is active and fun and out there?! Am I at the place where I have access to a gym? If so, GREAT! Can you get there every day? If not, there are PLENTY of other things you could be doing! You just have to committed, and you can do home workouts, go for a run, or a bunch of other things! What routine should I set up for myself? Do I have anyone in my life (that I see everyday and that has similar goals to myself) that could help keep me accountable, be a good influence, and do workouts with me? I think it’s always better to have someone to keep you accountable and help you get that workout in, even when you don’t feel like it…whether that’s best friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, etc. And have fun with it! Remember, if you don’t enjoy it at all, you probably aren’t going to stick with it very long. So find the kind of workouts that you enjoy the most and do those as often as you can, with maybe mixing in a few other disciplined workouts in there as well.
- No pop
- I actually made this a 30-day challenge in my bullet journal (which will be in another post) because I got to the place where I drank pop a LOT. I never did while I was growing up and even when I went to college I didn’t until maybe about Junior year. Towards the end of this semester I decided that that is a terrible habit, so I made a 30-day challenge to get myself ‘off’ that habit for a while. I will post more about that soon 🙂
- THINK: Do you drink pop often? If you do, do you have a problem with that? Is it really the best choice for you? What about healthier options? And remember…this doesn’t mean that you CAN’T EVER have pop…it just means you shouldn’t have it ALL the time! Remember…BALANCE! So, if you are ready to commit to this, think about starting a 30-day challenge! If you’re not there yet, no worries! I wasn’t ready to commit to this for a LONGGG time. You’ll get there! Focus on another healthy habit instead, and come back to this one later! Habits can’t be broken overnight 🙂
- Food log
- I haven’t fully committed this to myself, yet, so I really shouldn’t have it as one of my healthy habits that I am working on…I haven’t been consistent at ALL, because I’m not dedicated to do so.
- THINK: Is this something that you have wanted to keep track of? What are your reasons? Do you want to start eating healthier, and you think this fits your life and would be a great fit for you right now? THEN GO FOR IT! Think of cute, fun ways to keep you writing down and tracking what you’re eating!
- Fitness progress photo
- I do this at the beginning of each month. The first day, if at all possible. I started this before I started working out consistently at the beginning of last semester. I took a photo of me in my bra and leggings (sometimes it’s shorts, or underwear)…whatever you want, because these photos are only for you. To track where you have come from. Trust me, it helps me a LOT. Because when you look at yourself in my mirror every day, it’s near impossible to see any changes in your body. It’s much easier if you have photos to look back on!
- THINK: Am I working on getting rid of some fat? Toning muscles? Changing my body through workouts? Can I see physical changes, or is it hard for me to admit to myself that I might actually be doing a good job for once? Maybe this should be an option for me. Just FOR ME. To see my progress. Finally. To realize that I am actually doing great things for my body and that every healthy choice is really getting me closer to my goals each month! (Don’t do it more than one month apart! You won’t see changes and it will discourage you!)
- Sleep by ____
- I said 12. Because I am a night owl and I prefer to stay up pretty late and, especially during the school year/when I have things going on, that’s too late. And in the morning I’m grumpy. I feel tired all day. And….it sucks.
- THINK: What time would you ultimately want to be asleep by? Do you like to go to bed early? Do you like time in the morning? How much sleep do you need/want? What makes you really FEEL good, as far as when you go to bed, when you get up, etc.? Sometimes making healthy choices means denying yourself of what you would really like to do (like at night…watching movies, relaxing, etc…), so that in the morning you can get up feeling energized, great about yourself, healthy and happy!
- Read Bible
- Onto my spiritual healthy habits. In my monthly habits, for this month I put a specific book that I wanted to read through this month (or at least get a lot of the way through, depending on the book!). That way I would have a plan for which book to read in!
- THINK: What goals should I personally have this month in reading God’s Word? Do I need to spend MORE time with Him each day, or do I genuinely feel good about what I have been doing? Any changes needed?
- Something I have been trying to get better at doing recently. For me, personally, I prefer to write them all down. I’m a writer, so I pray as I write in my journal. But it’s up to you…do whatever works best FOR YOU!
- THINK: How do I feel closest to God? Does that mean finding a pretty place, and getting away from ‘my life’ for a bit? Does that mean working up a sweat before finding a place to be calm and quiet and listen to God speak? Does that mean sitting on the floor, the bed, a couch…? How do you feel that you connect with God? Writing? Talking out loud? What are some other ideas that you may have? Do what is best for YOU, not anybody else!
- Read Christian book
- This doesn’t have to be apart of everyone’s devotional time. But I love this. I’m better at reading things like this than the bible, because I feel like it gives more direction to me and thoughts that I wouldn’t think of on my own. I am almost finished reading “captivating”, which I absolutely love! I am about to buy one of Brene Brown’s books, which I am so excited about! What do you like to read that brings you closer to God, gets you to think, and helps you grow?
- THINK: Is this something that would help my walk with God? If not, that’s great! Stick with God’s Word and keep going! But if so, find a great Christian book to settle down with, maybe in place of the Bible some days, or in addition to, if you have more time! What kind of book would speak to you with where you are at right now? Does that book help bring you to your best version of yourself?
- I mentioned that I am a writer (or, maybe you could tell by how long this post is getting…I didn’t even intend to write about any of this stuff, it just flows…). Journaling helps me focus on what matters. Release stress. Figure out life. Talk to God. Does it for you?
- THINK: Does journaling fit with my life at the moment? Am I a writer? Is this how I prefer to focus on the right things, process things and thoughts, talk and listen to God, etc.?
- Gratitude Log
- Again, I will have another post about this in detail, but in my bullet journal I try to write down 5 things that I am thankful for each day. I don’t hit every day, but the days that I do, it helps me a lot! It helps me to focus on the positive things in each day, instead of something negative that may have happened. It helps me to be grateful for all that I have, and all that God has given me…each and every day. It’s a wonderful practice, and I think everyone should start this habit!
- THINK: Are you really grateful for the things and people and events that happen in your life? Are you really grateful for the hand of God working throughout your day? Do you see those things, or do you skip over them? I think it’s farrrrr too easy to skip over the small, simple things that are REALLY good, if you don’t write them down in some sort of gratitude log! And that’s a shame, because then I think we miss a huge blessing! We miss seeing God, sometimes! We miss the positives, and for some of us, focusing on the negatives are FARRRR too easy, and this helps some! How does this look for you? Using your phone, or on paper? Pretty, or simple? I’ll share what my gratitude log looks like in my bullet journal post(s).
- This is something that I have been soooo bad at for years. I never could get a hold on how to tithe each month, or how that would work for me. Partly because I never had a system available to me that really, truly WORKED for me (so I didn’t feel like I was fighting against myself!). But then I started going to a church where you could tithe from your phone. And I made a commitment to try. And I write it down. And track it in my bullet journal!
- THINK: Do you need to improve in this area?? What are some ideas that you may have as for ways that will work for YOU?! I’ll share what I have found works for ME in my bullet journal post(s)!! Stay tuned 🙂
After that I have other ‘healthy habits’, or just habits that I wanted to track, etc. These include fun items (under the CREATIVE tab): New blog post, instagram photo challenge, planning for the evening, morning, week or month…and then I have my FINANCIAL habits: No spend, expenses recorded, save for Thailand, and ask King about his expenses, to help him keep on track as well! I will talk about all of these things in more depth in my bullet journal post! Stay tuned for that!
What other healthy habits can you think of? Have you started new, healthier habits?? How have you stayed motivated? How have you tracked them? What are they, and why do they work for you?! Please comment and share your ideas, thoughts, inspiration, etc.! You can do it. I can do it. One step at a time. Progress is still progress, even if it’s in little, TINY, almost UNSEEABLE steps!! 🙂