Good Morning lovelies! Its 2018! Its a new year, new start kind of mind set. Sorry it has taken me a long time to get back to blogging. I had a crazy end of the year with traveling, working, getting ready for graduate school, and meal prepping. I am so glad to leave 2017 behind, even though it was the year I got married to my best friend. Anyways, enough about me, lets focus on you. What are the things you will be changing about yourself this year? Your morning routine? Your daily motivations? Your eating habits? I can keep going, but just reflect for a second and think about what you want to do to better yourself this year.
OK, TIMES UP! We’re some of the things you thought about was exercising? Paying off debt? Eating right? Spending more quality time on you? Well good, because thats what this blog is going to be about today. Read along for a guide to a new start, new you.
Lets start with good habits. Last year was rough for many of us. Some probably didn’t know what was going to happen next. Some probably started eating poorly, not excercising as much, stopped talking with friends, etc. Well here is a guide to help with getting you back into a healthier lifestyle.
- Wake up early and go to sleep early. Who doesn’t feel better when they get a good nights sleep? I know I do. Waking up early not only makes you feel better, but you can get a lot more done and reduce your stress level by making the most out of the hours of the day.
- Once you get up, drink water. I have this water bottle and it glows every morning reminding me to drink water. This will help cleanse those toxins from your body and start the new day fresh.
- You time. Every morning when I wake up, I take 15-30 minutes for myself. Whether that be to be mindful and motivate or just to do something for me and no one else. I sometimes pick up a book and read a chapter, drink my coffee while watching my favorite talk show, or even just showering a little longer. It helps to get ready for what the day will bring. If you have a large family, that can be tough, but communicating with your significant other or other family members, can help you get that alone time you want and most importantly, need.
- Socialize. This is a big one. I struggle with this one a lot because not only did I just move, but I am in a different stage of life than most of my friends. And sometimes I just don’t want to get out. I can be a home body sometimes, but I need that socialization time. Meet a friend for coffee and just talk about things that you cant talk about with anyone else, go to the grocery store with someone else and see what ideas they have for meals, take walks with them, DO SOMETHING! Its healthy and the more you laugh, the longer you will stay happy.
- Choose meals wisely. This can be challenging because sometimes you don’t have time to cook, or cant get to the store enough to pick up the meals, or sometimes you just don’t have the money to buy all the healthy options they put out there. (I hate how they say, “Eat healthy its better for you” then its 4.99 for a bundle of asparagus). I just learn to work around it. Healthier options can help reduce the risk of diseases and helps the soul.
- Laugh, sing, dance, exercise. Releasing the endorphins makes you feel 10x better than before your workout. You are happier, feel energized, and really feel good about yourself. I dance all the time in my house and both my husband and I are cracking up and rolling on the floor. I sing loudly in the shower only because I want my husband to hear me and laugh. He needs to release endorphins too. Do something out of your comfort zone. You will be surprised of the outcome.
Paying off Debt:
This is a HUGE topic. I don’t want to go through the whole thing just yet, but I do want to give some advice that not only I have learned as an adult, but being married and having another mind to chime in on my spending habits. 🙂
- Put away anything you can into your paying off credit card debt fund. Any little bit helps and will add up in the long run.
- Cancel any unnecessary subscriptions. Now. Right now. If you have a gym membership, either use it or cancel it. There are so many free ways to exercise these days, its crazy to me to pay for a gym membership. If you’re never home, cancel your cable. Netflix and Firestick TV are just as awesome. You get the point. Cancel the unnecessary things in your life.
- When you grocery shop, make a list. Check it twice. Then stick to it. Studies show that people who make shopping list often never go off of it and always stick to their budget. Im not saying not to buy that one tub of ice cream you need for those hard days, but plan for it.
- Use a budget app. I use the fudget app and its pretty simple and down to the point. It helps me get all our finances in order.
- My husband and I have agreed that Saturday is the day we spend our money. We buy our groceries, any clothing/ books/ movies etc that we have been wanting and thats it. After that day we wait till next Saturday. It really works. You tend to spend less and end up having a whole week to think about what you want and if you really need it! So pick a day, and have have some fun.
- Last but not least, if you don’t need to use your credit card, don’t. Use your debit card or cash. Its easier to say to yourself, I have the money in my pocket, give it to the cashier, then its gone. Credit cards can be trouble and if you only do it to rack up points, it can hurt you in the long run.
I hope this will help you get on a healthier and more happier lifestyle track. Cheers to 2018!