Simple Ways to Have a Healthier 2018

Simple Ways to Have a Healthier 2018

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning of every year. Wherever you go – social media, the magazines by the check out aisle, commercials – we see this “new year, new you” message.

I completely recognize the reason behind this message, but at the same time part of me hates how self-deprecating this can be. So what about your old me? Or your present me? Why do I have to change? The word “new” is too drastic and extreme for me. I think the word “improved” or “progressed” is a better fit. Each new year is one more chance to become the best self you can be, NOT the best self that society imposes you. If you want o read more about this, check out my “healthy” post from last year.

Stepping off the soapbox, I wanted to share a few of my tips that are SIMPLE and effortless to make your 2018 a bit better.

DRINK MORE WATER // Serena and I are known by our friends as water monsters. We are always seen carrying our waterbottles and constantly refilling them. And it’s not for bad reason – staying hydrated makes you feel more energized (it’s my go-to alternative for coffee) and allows you to be more clear-minded and more headache-free.

Serena loves her Nalgene and I adore my Hydroflask – both great options that will stand the test of time!

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Serena with her beloved Nalgene

 

GO TO A DOCTOR FOR REGULAR CHECK-UPS// This might seem super obvious, but I know a handful of friends who don’t go to the doctor because they’re not sick. Now, this is not a good reason to have – we don’t always go to the doctor because we’re sick. We go to treat current illness but also to prevent future illness.

Below is an useful graphic from hims on what check-ups you should book an appointment for depending on your age. I love the sentence the graphic has at the bottom: “Having an issue isn’t weird. Not dealing with it is weird.” Ditto that.

Hims Health Checklist

Check out this blog post for even more information from hims!

LISTEN// This advice runs the gamut from eating habits to sleep needs. Our bodies are wonderfully made and are incredibly smart — they know what it needs and will do all they can to let you know. Trust what you feel and give your body what it truly needs. On certain days, that might mean a kale salad topped with salmon, but on other days that mean Chick-Fil-A, and that’s completely fine. This is easier than you think. Eat when hungry. Stop when full. Get sleep when you’re tired. Get exercise when you’re craving some movement. LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN

I truthfully think that these tips all together will allow for a 2018 that is in the smallest of ways healthier and more fulfilling.

What are your go-to tips for a healthy life?

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

How to Keep Up with Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to Keep Up with Your New Year’s Resolutions

 

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you had a great holiday season catching up with family and friends.

The new year of course means a fresh start with new goals to accompany to them. I personally hate how people look down upon New Year’s Resolutions. People expect you to fall out of your resolutions when they gleefully smile at you and ask, “How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?”

This year, make your answer to those questions as “My New Year’s Resolutions are going great, actually,” by following these few tips and tricks that I found helpful to maintain and sustain my goals.

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ONE // Set subset goals within one big goal

A lot of people, when they set their New Year’s Resolutions give a generic and vague goal such as “I want to lose weight,” “I want to lose x pounds,” “I want to start eating healthy,” “I want to go to the gym more,” “I want to get better grades,” and many more.

Instead, set mini or subset goals on top of these big ones. Ideally, make these goals monthly. For instance, for the goal of eating healthy, set a goal such as eat one healthy meal every day. So whether that be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, every day, have ONE meal that is healthy. Then the next month, up that number to TWO meals. Then for the third month, have 4 out of the 7 days where ALL THREE meals are healthy. And then work from there.

The same goals for any other goal. While yes, this does require more work and planning, at the long term, you will have more fruitful results.

 

TWO // Set a specific goal whether that be a number or a certain result

It’s easy to say that you achieved a goal when you don’t have a certain threshold to pass. For instance, if you set your goal as I want to eat healthier, but you never set the number of days in a week or number of meals in a day you want to eat healthy, as long as you eat one healthy meal, that means you achieved your resolution, right?

Instead, set a specific numeric goal. For losing weight, going along with the previous tip, set a certain amount you want to lose each month. So on January, I want to lose 2 pounds, and then work yourself around that. If after January, 2 pounds was too easy on you, then make February 4 pounds. If it was too hard, make it 1 pound.

Set a number, a specific threshold that you want to pass.

 

THREE // Find yourself inspiration

 Just as I find that fitness motivation is important, inspiration and motivation is vital in achieving your goals. For eating healthy, follow Instagram accounts that posts pictures of fresh and clean meals. For exercising, follow Instagram accounts that are focused on fitness. For getting good grades, list some role models that are attending or have attended your dream school or is doing your dream job. Make your destination – as hard as it may be – a constant reminder wherever you go.

So that wraps up my tips for New Year’s Resolutions! I know it was short with only 3 tips, but I believe with these tips, you guys will be all set!

 

I will be posting tomorrow my New Year’s Resolutions, following these very tips!

Good luck and make 2017’s New Year’s Resolutions actually work!

 

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?

xoxo,

Stephanie