I get excited about a lot of things, but at the moment, I think I’m most excited about finishing the year (decade!) strong. I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution person, and as someone who is a lifelong learner and educator, I tend to equate September with fresh starts. This year, I was inspired by author Rachel Hollis and her Last 90 Days program, and this blog post is based on ideas from that, her books, and her podcast. Basically, it’s a way to end the year strong and NOT hungover, 20 pounds heavier, and exhausted. I started a little late, but let me tell you about some of the cool things I’m doing that are going to help me move into 2020 feeling great.
I practice gratitude and dream big dreams each day. I have a journal in which I write 5 things I’m grateful for. These are little things like getting an amazing hug from my man or laughing at my son sing to his dentist. They’re the things I really have to look for in my day. If I’m looking for things to be grateful for, I’m in a more positive frame of mind. The other thing that goes in my journal are big dreams I have for my life. I’m superstitious enough not to write them here, but they are BIG. The idea is that I write these down as if they’ve already happened. This cues my brain to live in a way that will help me manifest my dreams. I’ll let you know if it works!
The next thing I’m totally having fun with is at-home workouts. A couple of years ago, I was in the best shape of my life, and I was hitting the gym religiously mainly for the mental benefits. As my mind healed (and as my bank account could no longer afford the gym), I got lazy and stopped running and working out. As a result, I’ve put on weight and have found myself in mental funks more often than I’d like. I have all I need in my home to get a good workout in, and I have just been flat lazy about it. Not anymore! My ass is moving at least 30 minutes a day, and I can tell you it makes a big difference in my energy level throughout the day.
I have stopped breaking promises to myself. In the past, I’d tell myself I was going to do things all the time, and then I’d let other things get in the way. It’s rare that I will break a promise or commitment to someone else, so why should I tolerate from myself? I shouldn’t. I hold myself accountable and take care of me. I learned a while ago that no one else is going to do that for me, and I owe it to myself and the people I love to take care of myself.
I’m also guzzling water like nobody’s business. And yes, I’m peeing constantly. This is part of feeling better and taking care of myself. If I could, I’d probably drink coffee all day long. But my skin and organs need that good ol’ H2O! I’m finding it’s keeping me more alert throughout the day as well, which is interesting. I don’t know if there’s scientific data that supports this or not; it’s just an observation. Also, it’s good bladder training when I’m subbing at a school.
Nutritionally, I’m paying attention to adding more fruits and veggies to my diet as well as being consistent with vitamin supplements. I spent the afternoon Sunday prepping salads for lunch and veggies for snacks. I have a GIANT sweet tooth and love baked goods, but as I get older, all that refined sugar isn’t doing me any good. A question I’ve started to ask myself before I grab another cookie is, “Is this going to help me or hinder me in my goal to feel amazing?” I’m never going to go sugar free, but I can certainly cut back.
And finally, I’m trying every day to add something uplifting or motivational to my world. I love listening to personal growth podcasts. I’m reading a great book by Marie Forleo and have Gabrielle Bernstein’s latest queued up. I realized after my divorce that life is a constant evolution, and I want to keep leveling up and growing. No stagnation! These kinds of things keep me on that path. They keep me motivated.
So that’s what I’m most excited about right now. I think it’ll be cool to see where I stand at the end of the year, and I’m looking forward to welcoming 2020 with a positive outlook, tons of energy, and maybe a smaller pair of jeans on!