Hi Ya’ll!Since the wedding, I feel like I have not been as healthy as I should be, and a lot of bad habits have been set into motion. Yes, I completed a triathlon, but that does not mean my day to day activities have been wise. Here are some small changes that I made and am continuing to work on:
Floss and use mouth wash
It’s sad to admit that I have always been terrible at flossing my teeth, and just started doing it consistently over the summer. I’ve never gotten a cavity, but I often get the lecture about gingivitis when I visit the dentist. I’m happy to report that I went to the dentist in August and got the most amazing report! I’ve been able to keep up my nightly floss routine as well. P.S. What are your thoughts on Invisalign? Have anyone else’s teeth begun shifting as an adult? I never had braces, but my bottom teeth have started to move more in the past few years.
Be intentional about bedtime
I’ve gotten into a terrible habit of staying up wayyyy too late. On the days that I work, I get a second wind and then immediately regret it in the morning when I feel so exhausted. On my off days, the day usually does not seem long enough, and I want to stay up late to do more one thing or watch one more episode. My goal is to get 8+ hours of sleep a night if possible. I just know it is going to rattle my world when a little baby comes around, but I know it will all be worth it.
No matter what, I make sure I do some type of exercise each day. On my off days, I will most likely take a class at the gym. On my work days, I normally don’t make it to the gym or out for a run (except when I was nutso during triathlon training), so I am trying to do weights and strength training at home. Nearly everyday, Yung and I take the dogs on a 40 minute walk, unless one of us has plans, then we will go on individual walks. Scheduling a walk with a friend versus a lunch date or even shopping at the mall instead of sitting at a coffee shop are other ideas to stay active.
Even though I exercise daily, I have the most trouble controlling my portions and my hunger because I just love food too much. I’m also trying not to eat late at night. It makes all the difference in the morning, and I wake up feeling rested and refreshed rather than sick from eating too much pizza the night before. We are also rarely cooking meat at home and hitting it hard with the fruits and veggies.
Making a daily to do list
I am all about the lists, and making a daily to do list helps me not forget tasks and also helps me move forward and stay productive. I try to make it reasonable and not put too many things to do in one day. It feels good to have everything on my list crossed off at the end of each day.
Managing my stress level
I’ve noticed recently that my face has started to break out, when it has been pretty good for a while. It only happens during my work days, so that means it’s either something at the clinic making my face break out, or it is stress. I am still working on this one. I’ve also been getting more headaches that I believe are also tension related. I have mostly been able to get rid of them without ibuprofen, and only essential oils though! (Thank you, Kari!) I’d love to hear how you decrease the stress in your life.
And that’s a wrap!
What healthy changes have you made lately?