Wellness Wednesday : A Fresh Start

I’m 3 weeks late for this one, but better late than never, right?

I enjoyed this series last year, even if I fizzled out during the last part of the year, so I’m glad to have a fresh start and a chance to do better this year!

Wellness Wednesday, 2019: A Fresh Start

Before I chose my goals for this year, I decided to look back at my original goals from last January and see what they were and how well I did in accomplishing them. The results were…not great. I think part of it was because I didn’t keep them in a place where I could look at them daily and be reminded of what I was working towards. I think the other part of it was that we had a stressful year last year, so self-care and thinking about wellness were some of the first things I let slide. Either way, it’s 2019 now and time for a fresh start (let’s see how many times I can work that phrase into this post!).

My wellness goals this year are slightly different than last year. I’m focusing on 8 different areas of wellness, thanks to Dani’s Wellness Wednesday post. The areas she found after doing some research on the topic of wellness are :

  1. Emotional Wellness – Understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress
  2. Environmental Wellness – Promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment
  3. Financial Wellness – Process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses
  4. Intellectual Wellness – Having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge
  5. Occupational Wellness – Enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions
  6. Physical Wellness – Maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed
  7. Social Wellness – Developing encouraging relationships with peers and relationships with romantic partners (just one romantic partner for this girl though!)
  8. Spiritual Wellness – Allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose

All of the definitions are from the site linked above. It’s worth a read if you want a little expanded information on each topic!

Here are my goals for each area :

Emotional Wellness

  • Spend 30 minutes alone each week to reset myself.
  • Avoid bottling up feelings and seek help/counsel from family/friends when I find myself in a downward spiral.
  • Write in Sentence a Day journal to clear my mind and vent about things in a healthy way.

Environmental Wellness

  • Spend 30 minutes outside at least once a week, preferably during my lunch hour at work to escape my office, get fresh air, and look at something other than a screen for a while!
  • Make an effort to begin recycling more regularly by taking paper to work and recyclable items to the local drop off area that’s located about 10 minutes from our house.
  • Declutter our home and keep it cleaner for a healthier living environment.

Financial Wellness

  • Continue our debt free journey and pay off our two most ridiculous (because of the interest rates) loans this year.
  • Re-establish our $1,000 beginner emergency fund.
  • Create and follow a weekly budget that gives every single penny a purpose.

Intellectual Wellness

  • Complete (or exceed!) my 2019 Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books this year.
  • Start learning basic, conversational Spanish (and bonus – do it with Charlotte since she’s a sponge!).
  • Go through a beginner programming or coding course (I know this one is vague, but I’ll clarify it as I look into what I actually want to learn/achieve).

Occupational Wellness

  • Attend 2-3 in-person or online conferences this year.
  • Take all of the freelance writing and blogging courses that I’ve purchased…I’m a bit of a course buying fanatic!
  • Create a gratitude list of things that I like/enjoy about my job to keep handy on those days when I feel like I regret all of my life choices!

Physical Wellness

  • Complete a 5K – doesn’t matter if I run it, walk it, or some combination of those!
  • Get at least halfway to my overall weight loss goal. I don’t feel comfortable sharing the number at the moment, but perhaps I will as I make progress!
  • Eat clean 6 days a week and have a little wiggle room on Saturdays (family day!)

Social Wellness

  • Meet up with a friend once a month and do something fun (and cheap!).
  • Go to as many planner group meetups as I can and try to talk to someone new at each one.
  • Have more dates with that guy I’m married to, even if the dates just involve watching a funny show on TV and drinking a coffee drink that he creates.

Spiritual Wellness 

  • Use meditation apps on phone at least twice a week.
  • Create a list of core values and how I can make sure I’m sticking to those in my daily life.
  • Finish vision board.

I’m looking forward to seeing how working on goals in all of these areas will impact my life. Do you make wellness a priority in your life? If so, share some tips!

Also, if you would like to join in on the Wellness Wednesday fun (even if it’s several weeks after the rest of the group posts their updates…), then here are the optional prompts for the rest of 2019!

  • January 9: A Fresh Start
  • February 13: Healthy Heart
  • March 13: Indoor or Outdoor Fitness
  • April 10: Healthy Mind
  • May 8: The B.E.S.T. Care (BEST is for Breasts, Eyes, Skin and Teeth)
  • June 12: Mid-Year Review – How Am I Doing?
  • July 10: Family
  • August 14: Friends
  • September 11: Sleep Hygiene
  • October 9: Gratitude
  • November 13: Healthy Holidays
  • December 11: Year-End Review – What Went Well?

Too late to link up but thanks to Natalie and Leslie for hosting!

Fit Friday : Week 7

Another week, another weigh in…

(I’m seven weeks in, and I’m already running out of cheesy intros. For shame!)

Fit Friday graphic

This week’s change : -0.2 pounds

Overall total : -4.2 pounds

Part of me is excited that there was a loss, and the other part of me wonders if I should even share losses like that. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been working too hard at this, so the fact that there was any loss was just pure, dumb luck. On the other hand, it is nice to post a loss on here, even if it is pretty minuscule.

The good:

  • A tiny loss despite literally no effort at all.

The not-so-good:

  • See above about literally no effort at all.

I’m struggling so hard to get myself together. I do want to lose weight. I’m unhappy with how I look and I’m tired of being overweight. But, I’m just not putting in the work. Maybe it is being busy with our upcoming move. Maybe it’s just a touch of laziness. I’m not sure.

Goals for next week:

  • Start small – increase water intake to 64 ounces a day and decrease coffee intake to one cup per day.
  • Sleep! I’ve been staying up too late during the last couple of weeks. As a result, I’m dragging quite often, and that usually leads to an extra sugary coffee drink or something equally as bad for me. STOP STAYING UP SO LATE, AMBER.

Is anyone else working on losing weight or improving their health? Share your story!

Fit Friday : Week 6

Another week, another weigh in, let’s see how I’ve improved…or not improved…since last week’s post.

Fit Friday graphic

This week’s change : -0.8 pounds (hey, it’s twice as much as last week’s loss!)

Overall change : -4.0 pounds

We’re moving in the right direction, slowly but surely!

Keeping it short tonight because it’s late. We saw Wonder Woman earlier. Fantastic movie!! 

Fit Friday : Week 5

As I promised in yesterday’s post, I am writing about my (not so) triumphant return to this series. Technically, this should be week 6, but since I missed last week, I didn’t want to get my numbering out of order and confuse myself later on. Yep, that’s legitimately what I worry about…

Fit Friday graphic

This week’s change : -0.4 pounds (a loss is a loss, am I right?)

Overall change : -3.2 pounds

Hey, I had a small loss! Not too shabby considering that I haven’t been paying attention to my food at all lately.

The good:

  • I haven’t gone to coffee shops as often (despite the picture I posted on Instagram yesterday…). Will has concocted a new iced coffee drink, and it’s really good!

The not-so-good:

  • I installed the Lose It! app on my phone. I evidently used to have an account, so when I recovered my info and updated my stats, it gave me an oh-so-helpful notice that I’ve gained 81 pounds since the last time I used it. 81. Pounds. Granted, I knew I gained around 50 pounds when I was pregnant, and I’m not sure when that weight was in there, but it was very sobering to see.
  • Weighing in at the doctor. It was annual checkup, and I had really hoped to be smaller at this point. Of course, you can hope all day, but if you don’t put any work into it, then nothing will change…

 

Since we’re moving later this month, I’m already finding myself starting to make excuses about why I can’t try to eat healthily and exercise until after we’re settled in. The truth is though that there’s always going to be some kind of life event that can derail me if I let it. There’s always going to be a birthday, a celebration, stress, life changes, sick kids, not enough sleep, etc. If I make excuses for everything, then nothing will ever change.

Goals for next week:

  • Start from scratch. Figure out what I’m trying to accomplish, set goals – little and big, and make a plan for my meals, exercise, and health for this upcoming week. — This is what I said on my week 4 update, and since I didn’t do that then, I’m going to repeat this goal!