Health and Happiness

Real talk: 30 has not been good to my body. My metabolism has slowed down, my lactose intolerance has ramped up, and sugar makes me break out in hives. My joints creak and crack when I move and I feel like I never get enough sleep (but maybe part of that is the fact that I haven’t slept through the night since 2011…). So this is 30.

With that being said, like so many others I made some health conscious goals for the new year. Something I have learned about goals is to make them realistic. Realistic doesn’t mean easy, but it does mean being aware of your limitations and priorities. I didn’t make my goals numbers oriented, but rather health and lifestyle oriented.

Here are 4 of my Health goals:

1. Exercise. I didn’t elaborate on how many times per week, how many lbs lost, or how heavy of weights I’ll use. In this new decade, I know my body needs a little more help than previously. That is good motivation to keep active. I want to feel confident in my body and I want to be able to keep up with my {very active} boys. I am SO thankful that at-home workouts are readily available. My favorites are from Jillian Michaels, but there is such a great variety to choose from. I try to do a 20-30 min workout after the boys go to bed, but sometimes I include them to show them that exercise can be fun!

2. Meal Planning. I eat a LOT of junk. I also just eat a lot in general. When we grill, I usually have no problem devouring two loaded burgers (we’re talking bacon, cheese, BBQ burgers!) plus sides. I know this isn’t the best practice and is harmful to my body and our bank account. I have begun to meal plan and it has helped me add more variety to our meals, better utilize our produce, and keep our grocery bill manageable. I have been much better about keeping sweets out of the house so I am not as tempted to eat a whole box of Little Debbie cakes in two days (true story).

3. Sleep and Rest. This one seem laughable, because my children hate sleep. We finally have them all going to bed around 7:30 pm and that frees up my evenings to finish up chores, do some reading, or watch an episode of my favorite shows. This means that I can have some time to decompress and still get to bed before 10! As a night owl, I would routinely go to bed after midnight and the mornings came all too soon. Those extra two hours of sleep really help rejuvenate my body and renew my mind.

4. Wean the baby and don’t get pregnant! Can I get an Amen? I have been pregnant or breastfeeding (sometimes both at the same time) nonstop since 2011. It has taken a toll on my body. Let’s add “teach the baby to sleep through the night” to this list. I love my little parasites and am so thankful I was able to grow and nourish their little bodies, but I welcome having a bit more personal space and getting my body back for myself.

These goals are general enough that I can tweak them throughout the year and not get frustrated if I mess up (which usually leads to giving up), but also give me a good base line to pursue a healthier lifestyle. I make these goals more specific month by month, because life changes and what worked in January may not work in February and that is ok. That is the most important thing I have learned about goals: Evaluate and reevaluate for success.

So give yourself some grace, Mama. Set goals, but realize that life looks different at 30 with three kids than it looked at 22 with no kids. Don’t compare yourself to younger you, or your next door neighbor, or that boss-mom online that looks like she has 10 extra hours in a day. Find what works for you and change it up when needed.

And if you’re like me: Wean the Baby! We can do it!

Do you have any health related goals or resolutions? Do you have any tips or tricks to share for staying on target or reevaluating health goals?

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