I’ve never been one to set New Year’s Resolutions. I mean really, when you’re out enjoying the holiday parties, who wants to spend time thinking about how you’re going to make the next year of your life better (and typically by restricting what you do)?!
But… having said that, I am one of those people who prefers to be proactive about my health rather than wait till something bad happens… that whole “preventive medicine” thing!
No, I wasn’t always that way. When I was younger I was like everyone else… nothing bad can happen to me… I’m invincible!
Well guess what? I’m not. And it’s the days when I feel like I’m 90 years old that make me realize that!
So for this year, it’s gonna be more of what I’ve done over the past few years and then some.
* Keep finding ways to make healthy foods that I can make once and reheat later. And then start actually cooking them!
* Get back to consistently taking my vitamins & supplements. I take my D3 regularly, but I tend to be inconsistent on the Calcium and Daily multi-vitamin, two VERY important ones to get consistent with.
* Most recently, I bought some Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM to see if it will do anything for my knees. I’ve had a few days here and there where they’re REALLY sore, and they shouldn’t be. There are a lot of great reviews about it on Amazon so for me, it’s well worth giving it a shot. I’ll let you know if I notice a difference at all.
* Go back to eating consistently throughout the day… the whole 3 small meals plus 2 snacks way of eating. Whenever I do that consistently, I always end up feeling better just in general. My blood sugar stays more even, and I usually end up losing a few pounds, even if there’s nothing else I’m doing differently.
* Start walking a minimum of 15 minutes each day, whether I like it or not.
* Learn how to get healthy hair. I’ve never had issues with my hair, but since I hit 45, I’ve noticed that it gets drier than it used to. I’ve stopped washing it as often as I used to, but at this point, I’m looking for deep conditioning on a more regular basis.
I picked up some Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil specifically for doing this after I’d read several places how well coconut oil works for deep conditioning. There’s NO way I’m using my regular Tropical Traditions for my hair… I’m keeping THAT awesome smell and flavor for my cooking! Although I may order the Tropical Traditions that’s made exclusively FOR hair once I’m out of the Nutiva. I’ll have to see how well it works first.
* Oh yeah. My skin’s been noticeably drier than I like as well, regardless of whether it’s summer, winter or anything in between. I may eventually start using the coconut oil for that too. But I’m just not sure I’d want to trade in my Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Oil! I’d stopped using it at the start of 2012 while I was testing out the HCG Diet and then never went back to it regularly like I should have. I’m guessing that’s why I’ve started noticing drier skin. So before I trade it in for anything else (because I LOVED the way it made my skin feel, not to mention how great it smells), I’ll go back to using it on a regular basis.
* Decide whether I want to fast for one day each week (or two). I’ve done some basic reading about “The Fast Diet”, but I wanna go do some more research before I decide for or against it. Right now, I’m leaning more towards the “for” column.
I think that covers it. Let’s see. Breast cancer, weak bones & osteoporosis, achy joints, general health, healthy hair, healthy skin, daily fitness, and weight loss. Yep (of course I’ll have to check back in with my body once a quarter to see what adjustments may be necessary!)
p.s. For those of you who face (or have faced) similar issues, I’d love to hear what’s worked for you and what hasn’t, along with why you had chosen to go that route!