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What are Your Healthy Living Goals?

HEALTHY LIVING

After struggling for the longest of times with my physical and mental health, the priority for me now and for the rest of my life is lasting overall wellness.

In 2014 I attempted to use wellness as a guide to every decision I made, and so I made some good choices and some not so good (hello whey protein shakes!).

Last week I reassessed how my overall wellness was tracking with the plan to set myself some wellness goals for the future. So when I initially sat down to write this post I thought I’d only have two or three goals, but low and behold I’ve come up with quite an extensive list!

Drink less booze

I’ve given up booze a few times – a year here, and another year there. I never found it an overly enjoyable experience on the social front, being treated like a social leper and all, but it was definitely good for my physical and mental health.

I started drinking at the age of 15, and although I don’t party like I used to the break from booze helped me realise how much of a role alcohol has to play in Australia – we have a big drinking culture here

At the end of 2014 I ‘detoxed’ from alcohol for 1 1/2 months and felt great although upping the water intake certainly helped. I felt so…hydrated!

It’s now time to reassess my alcohol intake since the Christmas / New Year party season is officially over. Everything in moderation right!

Drink more water

It’s summer  in Australia, and because our summers are typically harsh in nature I really should be drinking more water! After freaking my body out with the realisation of what hydration felt like late last year I need to get back on track, so I’ve got my new BPA free water bottle with an inbuilt filter (a present from Santa), which I’m planning to carry everywhere with me to constantly suck on like a baby. If only I didn’t have a bladder the size of a pea.

Eat breakfast

I have always had a love / hate relationship with breakfast, exacerbated by the time I was on the gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free diet, the time I starved myself, or the time I supplemented breakfast with protein shakes (at least I was ingesting something!).

On further analysis, I guess I struggle with breakfast because in order to properly feed my body whatever I eat for breakfast takes time to prepare, time I do not make for myself. I go through spurts, but generally if I’m heading out in the morning or have a busy day breakfast is the first thing to go.

By prioritising breakfast as a wellness goal I aim to plan ahead and be prepared, even if it means prepping the night before. It also means changing my morning routine to one where I don’t check my email and social media accounts first thing in the morning, thus getting lost in the miasma of online noise and activity.

Meditate regularly

In 2014 I developed quite a good daily mindfulness meditation routine and experienced some amazing benefits – both physically and mentally. It’s just a shame I didn’t stick with it!

And so I’ve kicked 2015 managing to meditate most days so far AND to stay awake during the meditation sessions. WOOH! [I just get to darn comfortable lying down during meditation]. This has helped to calm my mind and to centre myself again after an unhealthy period at the close of 2014.

My goal is for this to continue and to make it a lifelong habit. I am also on the look out for a wooden yoga stool to help with my meditation practice – they work a treat by keeping me awake, as well as to set aside a space within our small house dedicated to my daily meditation practice, with scented candles and all.

Get off my ass

Working from home makes you so lazy! From the bed to the desk to the couch and back to bed. Yep, on a busy day that is my day! Not a lot of steps in that routine for my FitBit to count (to be honest the Fitbit sat in my draw for the later part of 2014)! My hips, knees and lower back are really feeling the inactivity therefore I need to make activity part of my daily routine, regardless of whether I am busy, it is raining, or it’s bloody hot. I also need to keep my Fitbit charged and wear it at all times as I find it works as a constant reminder to get moving!

Get back into yoga

Considering how much I LOVE haha yoga, I’ve really let this slide since July 2014, around the same time I got serious on my own business. It doesn’t make sense since I don’t need to travel anywhere as I practice yoga in my lounge room. All I can say again is that working from home has made me lazy and that I have focussed too much on establishing my own business whilst letting my health slide. It’s time to restore some balance to my life and to my body.

Minimise stress / anxiety

I’ve left the biggest goal till last. Minimising stress and anxiety is a lifelong goal involving a change in lifestyle.

Can you believe that I once believed I thrived on stress and pressure!? That is before I admitted to myself that it was impacting my health in a big way.

These days minimising stress and anxiety is a daily (sometimes hourly) focus of mine, and I will continue to focus on this goal starting with boycotting the daily news (papers, TV broadcasts, and so on). I’ve been trialling this since before Christmas and it is true what they say – ignorance is bliss!

I look at my healthy living goals as building blocks, each one doing their bit to improve my overall wellness!

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    January 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I have found my body can’t tolerate alcohol, it is hard when you are out, often I go to a friends and they want you to have a wine with them, I feel bad saying no, but I have to do what’s right for my body, think I drank too much at Uni lol

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Hmmm I think I did too, or rather I continued after uni. Drinking has always been big with my friends and family.

  • Mary Elizabeth
    January 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    The “drink less boose” part used to be very difficult to me. But now, It has almost been a year! Haha. It’s all just mind over matter. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂 See you around!! 🙂

  • Mary Elizabeth
    January 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The “drink less booze” part used to be very difficult to me. But now, It has almost been a year! Haha. It’s all just mind over matter. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂 See you around!! 🙂

    • Janine Ripper
      January 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Good on you! Last night I went to a party and drank water. It was good once I got over the feeling of ‘needing’ a drink to socialise.

  • Maureen
    January 14, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    The last time I had alcohol was when I went to visit my fiance in Melbourne. He’s not a drinker too and don’t usually drink but the hotel gave us free red wine hahaha so we tried them with dinner. While it was ok, I’m not big on alcohol now – I used to downed gin and tonic every afternoon for an early happy hour when I was still married. It was a ‘numbing’ tool for me.

    Ah, I did that too, fell asleep right in the middle of a really comforting meditation because I find it less harder on my lower back when I meditate while laying down. Hah!

    As for breaky…I have always struggle with this too because I could just get by with coffee (I still can’t give up coffee) until around 11AM then I will feel hungry. I need to start prepping for breaky (homemade egg muffins) again and just warm it up in the morning.

    One of these days, I will get your book! You are such a big inspiration and that’s why we love your piece last week, it was just brilliant! Thank you again so much for linking up.

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Ooo I need to get that recipe! As to meditation – yep Im the same. When I add a blanket over myself cause I get cold Im really asking for trouble (falling asleep, that is!).

      Thanks so much for the feedback on last weeks post. I was really inspired by the response 🙂

  • Mia Foo
    January 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    i actually share 2 goals with you! drink more water (looking to hit 2L a day when i can barely drink 500ml when i get busy at work) and meditate regularly. or rather, it’s more to meditate properly. still cannot get my mind to focus well without drifting into sleep.

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Hey Mia,

      I have the same problem with falling asleep! It might help if I actually don’t lie down with a blanket over me though…

  • Muriel
    January 15, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I might be French but I don’t like alcohol. I have a glass of booze every six weeks, usually when meeting friends, but that’s as far as it goes. I like your list. How about some jogging? Running a bit clears my mind, and I feel so much better after a jog. As for eating healthily, I must admit that I like real food (not powder/substitutes/juices…), and dark chocolates!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Hmmm now I thought I replied to this comment but its doesn’t seem to have come through!!!!

      RE: jogging, Im afraid my feet, knees, hips and back aren’t cut out for it BUT I am going to make another attempt soon (when its not so hot!). My aim is to start walking again first (which I’ve done over the last week) and then work up to it. Den and I are also taking up golf!

  • Debbie Rodrigues
    January 15, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Those are some major changes there. You will surely notice a lot of difference just by drinking enough water and having breakfast. Success!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

      I think so! I just got to stick at it, and find some really good options for breakfast that will sustain me 🙂

  • Debra@AModernTranslation.com
    January 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

    You have some great goals for the new year. I find that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me because it sets me up for the rest of the in terms of energy and hunger. Water also plays a huge part of my day, I really feel it when I don’t drink enough water during the day. Best of luck with your goals. Have a great week.

    • Janine Ripper
      January 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Debra! So far – success with breakfast, failing with water!

  • Lisa Kniebe
    January 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I have found that after giving up my full time teaching position to focus on my writing I have lost all semblance of a routine. More time doesn’t equate with more productive activities!
    So my healthy living goals for 2015 are focused on getting moving & increasing my cardio health. I’ve joined a boot camp program & attend the 6.45am class each morning, I’ve discovered muscles in places that I never knew existed! But I feel set-up for the day with purposeful energy and a focused mind, just what I need for blogging!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Hey Lisa! You are spot on! Great going with the boot camp! I struggle to get up early – Ive never been a morning person, so I am always envious of people who can get up early and work out!

  • Marie
    January 20, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Great goals! I would add get uncomfortable and challenge myself.

    • Janine Ripper
      January 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      And I would say you do that already!

  • Rina
    January 20, 2015 at 11:03 am

    haha yes, I am with you in all those goals…especially the Get off my ass!!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      It’s a real challenge sometimes isn’t it!!!

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